Sort your life as a teenager. Are friends important to be around at this time? Do you find yourself on the internet a lot? Are you someone who goes to the library to study in a quiet environment? Are your parents around to assist you or prefer to ask for teachers' help?
Prioritize your weekly schedule as a student. Any educational/academic studies must come first, then extra curriculum activities, and then social life. Friends will want to hang out with you on the weekends, but they will understand if you explain to them that you need to study or catch up on school work.
List the exact due dates for events, assignments, tests and other homework. This will greatly help you to remind you when things need to be done by. Next, sort extra curricular activities. Any activity dealing with school should be placed before the After School ones. Then, input non-educational events, such as babysitting, jobs around the house, etc, with team events, such as sports, coming first. Finally, treat yourself to a computer game or time with friends.
Set a time limit on how long you study for each class. Don't go overboard on one subject and forget that you have several others to catch up on before going to bed. Also, don't rush through studying; take your time and concentrate. You may want to set an alarm clock so when it rings, go to another subject, and reset the alarm.
Get at least 6-9 hours of sleep. If you have more or less sleep than you should have, you may start lacking in your schoolwork and become lazy because of the urge or want to sleep.
Try to take showers before going to school. You'll be more refreshed, alert, and relaxed as you start the day. Night showers are sometimes "missed" if you have your face covered in books and realize that it's time to go to sleep.
Go over your homework or assignments with your parents. It's always a positive action to get your parents involved. When this is not possible, ask your teachers for advice.
Think of how non-educational activities are affecting your schedule. If you are babysitting or doing jobs around the house, compromise on set days and times that go around your school life. If you cannot commit to your studies because of football practice, then you must take action. When something gets in the way, you need to drop it, even if it's temporarily.
Don't neglect your health. Just because you're short of time doesn't mean you should live on junk food. Try to get your fruits and vegetables everyday. Remember to exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Doing these things will support mental, physical and emotional function.
Try to have a fixed timetable.
It’s that time of year. Work, shopping, parties, family and the list goes on and on. This joyous and festive time of year can very easily turn into overload, stress, and overwhelm you if you don’t manage your time effectively.
The following tips are designed to give you the freedom and balance you need to fully enjoy the holiday season.
1. Make a list of everything that needs to be done
The list should include the obvious items like parties, shopping, work, etc., and also include the other items not ordinarily found on a “to-do” list (watch TV, spend time with kids, quiet time with your significant other, etc.) Listing everything is the key to balance at this time of year.
2. Schedule everything in time
Schedule everything from your list in actual time on your calendar. Pick a start time, how long it will take, and a completion time (for example, on a Monday between 6:30pm and 8:00pm, have dinner with your special someone.)
When everything is scheduled on your calendar, you’ll be able to relax knowing that everything that needs to be done is scheduled to be taken care of.
3. Follow your schedule
This is a critical one. Follow the plan you just created. You’ll have those times when you “don’t feel like it” but follow it anyway. Getting past that moment of not feeling like it is your doorway to a holiday season of having everything you want.
4. Have fun naming the items in your schedule
When you name an item in your schedule, give it a name that inspires you. You could write “toy shopping for Sally and Johnny” or “giving Sally and Johnny a merry and loving Christmas that they will remember”.
5. When you don’t follow your schedule, reschedule uncompleted items immediately
If you miss something in your schedule, simply reschedule it for another time.
6. Include something nice for yourself every day
Whether it is some quiet time, watching TV, a massage or anything else you enjoy. Every day should have something scheduled for you to enjoy.
7. Remind yourself why you are doing everything
When following your plan, remind yourself this is your plan and your way of having everything you want this holiday season. You can even write yourself a note that you can read every morning about following your schedule every day.
8. Have fun
It is the holiday season, have fun and enjoy it!
Lou Markstrom is the co-author of “Unleashing The Power of IT: Bringing People, Business, and Technology Together”, published by Wiley as part of its CIO series. He is also a professional development specialist at DDLS.
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