As we move into semester #2 of this school year it's time to refresh some time management tips - you are one more semester closer to college!
Make a “to do” list everyday
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
Don’t forget to reward yourself for your accomplishments
Use spare minutes wisely
Get some reading done on the ride home from practice or school and you’ll kill two birds with one stone.
It’s okay to say NO
If your friend asks you to go to the mall on a Thursday night and you have an exam the next morning, realize that it’s okay to say no.
Keep your short and long term priorities in mind always.
If you haven't gotten your run in, hit or played catch yet that day - just say no until you do that
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 much better in the afternoon, don’t wait to do it until late at night
Review your notes every day
You’ll reinforce what you’ve learned , so you will need less time to study.
You’ll also be ready if your teacher calls on you or gives you a pop quiz
Get a good night’s sleep
Running on empty makes the day seem longer and your tasks seem more difficult
Let your friends know
If IM’ing, Facebook, phone calls, texting, etc .. are too tempting and distracting during homework and study time, tell your friends (and yourself) that you are offline and unavailable between 8 and 10pm (or whenever).
Blame your folks if you must.
Become a taskmaster
Figure out how much free time you have each week
Give yourself a time to budget and plan your activities accordingly
Don’t waste time agonizing
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 do it.
Keep things in perspective
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.
Good goals are challenging and reachable
Have a greatsemester!