Time Management Tips
One thing that accompanies high-school
is the increase of independent time and this is a problem for
some students who have several extracurricular activities that
they attend and loads of homework on
top of them. Does it seem like there's never enough time in the
day to get everything done? Feel like you're always running late?
Here are some tips for taking control of your time and organizing
1. Make a "To Do" List Every Day.
Put things that are most important
at the top and do them first. If it's easier, use a planner to
track all of your tasks. And don't forget to reward yourself for
2. Use Spare Minutes Wisely.
Get some reading done on the bus
ride home from school, for example, and you'll kill two birds
with one stone.
3. It's Okay to Say "No."
If your boss asks you to work on
a Thursday night and you have a final exam the next morning, realize
that it's okay to say no. Keep your short- and long-term priorities
4. Find the Right Time.
You'll work more efficiently if
you figure out when you do your best work. For example, if your
brain handles math better in the afternoon, don't wait to do it
until late at night.
5. Review Your Notes Every Day.
You'll reinforce what you've learned,
so you need less time to study. You'll also be ready if your teacher
calls on you or gives a pop quiz.
6. Get a Good Night's Sleep.
Running on empty makes the day seem
longer and your tasks seem more difficult.
7. Communicate Your Schedule to Others.
If phone calls are proving to be
a distraction, tell your friends that you take social calls from
7:00 to 8:00 p.m. It may sound silly, but it helps.
8. Become a master of your time.
Figure out how much free time you
have each week. Give yourself a time budget and plan your activities
9. Don't Waste Time Worrying.
Have you ever wasted an entire evening
by worrying about something that you're supposed to be doing?
Was it worth it? Instead of agonizing and procrastinating, just
10. Don't Push Yourself Way Too Much.
Setting goals that are unrealistic
sets you up for failure. While it's good to set high goals for
yourself, be sure not to overdo it. Set goals that are difficult
Consider these tips, but personalize your habits so that they
suit you. If you set priorities that fit your lifestyle, you'll
have a better chance of achieving your goals.
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