Have you seen this joke about school? Juggling all of the responsibilities of school, home, sports, a social life and still getting a decent night’s sleep does seem overwhelming. But it can be done and it can be much easier than you may think. With a bright, new semester ahead of you, it is the perfect time to set off on the right foot and get organized! Here are a 14 ideas to help students get organized and help you manage your time, avoid clutter, set goals, and have enough energy left over to spend some time with your friends.
Set realistic goals at the beginning of the semester, and break those large goals into mini-goals. Write these goals down on index cards and keep them in a highly visible place where you can see them every day. Writing down your goals makes them more real somehow, and motivates you to keep working towards them.
No snooze button for you!
Wake up early enough to arrive at school well ahead of time. If you need 45 minutes to get up, shower, dress and eat breakfast, pad that time by waking up at least an hour before you need to leave. To make sure you don’t turn off your alarm clock and go back to sleep, place your clock at the far end of your room. This way, you have to get out of bed to turn it off.
Choose your outfit ahead of time
Before you go to bed each night, decide what you want to wear and lay out your clothes for the next day. This way, you’ll be all set to dress and go in the morning and won’t suddenly discover your sister borrowed the top you planned on wearing.
Cut the clutter!
At the beginning of the school year, you have no clutter. Be careful not to build clutter as the year progresses. Create separate folders for school announcements, tests that have been graded, papers you must give to your parents and so on. As papers become outdated, such as an event that has passed, toss them immediately.
Write it down
Always spend a minimum of 15 minutes per day preparing your To Do list for tomorrow. In doing so, you will know exactly what tasks you have to accomplish the next day. Use a good student planner or organizer. The ones that have pocket folders, dividers and planning calendars are ideal.
Go where no man has gone before
Well, you don’t have to be quite that dramatic about it but do pick a quiet, nicely-lit area for doing your homework. Don’t study in front of the TV, or in an area of your home where you’re bound to be distracted. If you can’t find a quiet spot at home, go to the library. In addition, you should study while sitting at a table or desk. Avoid studying in a very comfortable chair or a bed, which may cause you to feel drowsy.
You’re feeling very drowsy….
Most teenagers are habitually sleep deprived! The average teenager needs 8 to 9 hours of sleep. Don’t gyp yourself by staying up too late.
Although participating in basketball or cheerleading is important to your overall health and happiness, be careful not to take on too much. First determine how much study time you need. Then, choose one or two recreational activities that you enjoy.
What’s your color?
It may seem hard at first but color-coding similar activities on your calendar can really help your life feel more manageable and can make imbalance more obvious. For example, let’s say you’ve highlighted all upcoming tests in yellow, study time in green, swim team in blue and your part time job in pink. If your calendar starts looking too pink, it might be time to cut down on work hours.
Determine how many study hours you need, and schedule study time in your planner. For example, if you need six hours of time to study for a test, you may break that time up into six sessions, of one hour each. Choose the six days, and make a Study Time notation in your calendar.
Stick to a schedule
Set aside time every day for study, and make it consistent. For example, set your study time for each afternoon from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Whatever you do, avoid last minute studying and cramming.
Give me a break!
Break up big tasks, into smaller, bite-sized jobs. For instance, if you have to study three chapters in your history book, study one chapter at a time each day. If you have to work on a project, break it down into three or four stages.
Never eat dessert first
Imagine eating your dessert before your broccoli. What would be left for you to look forward to? Just the same, do your homework for your most difficult subjects first. Then, everything else will be a breeze, and therefore, more enjoyable
Know your weakness!
You Tube? Pinterest? Texting? What is it that draws you like a moth to the flame? Don’t give in! But do use it as a reward! Tell yourself you can watch every funny cat video on You Tube after you read 1 chapter in American History and finish your Algebra homework.
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Article by Betty Kruszka~TheJ3Effect