Saturday, August 6, 2016

How To Manage Your Time for the New School Year

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By: Emily B.



            Imagine a world where everything was turned in on time. Imagine a world where everyone was able to distinguish his or her work time from his or her free time. Sounds pretty cool right? Well, even though this world is far from possible there are ways that we can all take a step this right direction. To be completely honest, I’m finally sitting down to write this article after weeks of wasting my time, and now I regret it because I feel panicked about how much I still have to get done. Ironic isn’t it? I believe time management is one of the most important life skills to have. If you don’t know how to manage and sort out your priorities then you’ll have a hard time getting stuff done. What’s more, with school starting up again knowing how to manage time is as important as ever.
            After a discussion about the topic with my teachers, all of them said one thing in common; “Technology is very distracting for students.” As fun as social media and games are, it's vital that we all limit how much time we spend on our devices. There are apps that set an alarm for how much time you spend on your device. These can be very useful because then you’ll be aware about how much time you may be wasting.
If this idea doesn’t appeal to you, then have a parents take your technology until you’ve finished your work. This can also be used as incentive to get your work done because once you finish, you get to play games or post your latest selfie to Instagram. It’s time to put down your weapons of mass distraction and get focused.
            Now that we know how distracting technology is for most of us, it’s necessary to know that there are other factors that can prevent you from being a good time manager. For example, personal hobbies can waste time. Hobbies are very fun and bring lots of new skills into your life, but hobbies can be distracting at times if you have too many of them. Let’s say that you have a big test tomorrow and you really want to study; however, you just had a piano lesson right after school and in 20 minutes you need to rush off to your volleyball game. When do you have time to study? Talk to your parents if you feel like there’s too much on your plate and they can help you decide if you put one of your hobbies on hold or just start scheduling your activities. As cliché as it sounds, it’s true; school impacts how well you do in the future.
       Most people understand that sleep is very important for good health, but it's also a major variable for how well you manage time. Teens should have at least nine to 11 hours of sleep each night. The more sleep that you get, the more revived and ready to work you'll feel the next day. Don't get me wrong, it's nice to close your eyes after school some days and just knock off, but it leaves more work for you when you wake up and prevents you from getting a good sleep that night. Try setting a time for when you need to be in bed, and then a time for lights out. This will help you know how much time is left for you to get your work done and relax a little bit. So keep your eyes open during the day!
     Even though homework isn't fun, being stressed out the night before a project deadline is even worse. Once you get the hang of time management it's really easy. So maybe instead of imagining a world where everything’s turned in on time, make this school year the one where your stress level is down because you learned how to time manage.


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