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What are helpful ways to manage my time with school and sports going on at the same time?

I have a busy schedule everyday with school and basketball going on so it is hard to have time for other things at the en of the day. #school #sports

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Sarah’s Answer

I think the best way to manage your time between school and sports is to create a calendar (this could be online through Google calendars or other online calendar platforms, you could get a planner or you could get a calendar to hang up). This will allow you to see all the assignments and events you must attend in a given week or month so you can properly balance your time. I think it is most important to prioritize the important events or due dates so you can tackle those first. You could use a color coding system in order to rank assignments or events in order of importance. It can be difficult to have time for other fun things outside of school and sports, but if you specifically block time in your calendar to hang out with friends/family or attend a social event it will be easier for you to do these things. I personally have always used a planner to manage my time , and it has helped me have a balanced lifestyle all throughout college and high school. I hope one of these suggestions can help you balance your time better!
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Simeon’s Answer

To manage school and sports, I'd say try and make your school schedule more manageable. Try to take the classes that occur less times per week and schedule them back to back as well. If you have relaxed professors who don't mind, use blank class time to catch up on your other homework. Identify times during your school week where you're stuck somewhere and can't do either sports or relaxing. See if you can squeeze some study time out of those blocks. I'd recommend checking out the Quizlet app; it's free and allows you to study flashcards anywhere and on-the-go.
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Catherine’s Answer

I was also an athlete in high school and faced the same problem your describing. During the season, it is tough to find time for additional things outside of school and sports. The way around that for me was to make sure I found opportunities to destress with my team and have fun since we all had the same schedule. Otherwise, I made sure that I found extra opportunities to keep up with school in between practices and games. The most productive times for me were the bus ride on the way to school and the hours in between the end of the school day and beginning of practice. Once the season is over, you will have that time to explore your other passions and enjoy high school. But if you are passionate about basketball, I encourage you to enjoy every minute of it while you're playing even when it gets tough. Put the work in and keep your grades up!
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M’s Answer

This is a good age old question. Let's start with this...MAKE A LIST. Make a list of priorities. Sunday night, make a list of all the things for school and sports that need to be done (ie- get my new cleats, weigh in, training table, etc). Each night after dinner, write out your schedule for the following day of important tasks for each hour. I live by my work calendar on my phone, and i have my personal phone with tons of family items. When it comes to things that must get done the next day, I write it out hour by hour so i can cross it off and stay on task. If i have to make a call or do a task, i write it below the hour by hour schedule.

Hope this helps. Feel free to ask more questions. Would love to help

Good luck
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Oscar’s Answer

Hi Devon,

The biggest skill to have here is time management and understanding priorities. You are first a student athlete and so make sure you are on top of your studies. This means that you have to work harder then your other peers and utilize your time efficiently. Any spare time you have throughtout your school day you could get started early with your work. Throughout lunch times or any break times get ahead by starting your homework early! Spend the hour before practice to do work as well! Basically you have to find the gaps and take advantage. I remember in a math class the teacher assigned the work and we just started doing the homework right then and got half of it finished by the end of class. When others go out and play, you have to utilize those times to do your school work. Small things like these I believe help you stay on top of school work while allowing you to play sports at the same time!

Wish you all the best!
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Blake’s Answer

I played a college sport at Michigan State and the balance between sports and school is very intense. Your schedule always seems to be packed with something on the day. That being said, I feel like we play sports because we love them. My schedule kept me organized and the main thing to do is when you are at practice or in class make sure your focus is on the present. Don't think about the outside things coming your way later in the day. Focus on what you can control and enjoy the fact you have a gift to be doing what you are doing. Work yourself to become the best version of yourself and when you have the days off, completely unplug from the two and live in that moment. Days off are rare, but you do get them, and when you do take advantage of it and decompress. Enjoy the ride of playing sports and being a student. Stay healthy and best of luck!
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Elizabeth’s Answer

Hi Devon! I suggest utilizing to-do lists, make sure you're setting goals of what you want to accomplish each day with schoolwork deadlines in mind. If it's hard to get to schoolwork at the end of the day, try working an hour or so of 'focus time' in the mornings. Getting up earlier can be hard, but once you make it a habit it'll be easier. You may even find that doing your studies in the morning may set you up for a successful rest of the day, then you can relax in the evenings!

I also suggest thinking about prioritization. You probably have some sort of social life you want to maintain, so you need to be clear about your priorities and the amount of time you have each day, week, etc. Social media can be a huge time suck, so I would recommend using an app that locks your social media use for certain time periods to make sure you get the most of your study time.

I hope this helps! Take care of yourself!
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Brent’s Answer

While you're in school, sports are relatively short and as long as you love the sport you're and able to maintain your academics, put in your time and spend whatever left doing other things you love. It's teaching you discipline and time management on top of doing what you should already love. Managing your time is an essential tool you have to learn and will continue to improve as you get older. If the problem is how to track and manage your time, be sure to use your calendar to set reminders and track your homework, practices, and games so you have a roadmap and know what to expect throughout the week. Seek guidance in in this areas if you need other suggestions. Your coach, teachers, friends, or family will likely have some great suggestions for you.

I wasn't much of an athlete in high school because I was younger and smaller than my peers but I still loved the sports I did play. You will miss those sports and camaraderie when school is over and you move on to the next stage of your life so enjoy the ride! Sometimes we have to make sacrifices for the things we love. As a world class Crossfit athlete myself with a family, I still have to make sacrifices in my available free time in order to prioritize my wife and family first, in order to achieve my career and athletic goals at this later stage in my life.

It all comes down to quality over quantity in life and training! Make sure the time you put into anything in life is quality so you get the most out of those moments without compromising on the amount of free time we have on any given day. Good luck, put your head down and stay focused on your goals and you will achieve them!

-Brent Maier
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Vineeth’s Answer

it can be hard for teens to balance academics and athletics. Finding the perfect balance between school, sports, family and friends is the key to high school success.Here are some tips for student athletes to help you stay on track.

* Utilize Resources
* Get Motivated
* Plan Your Time
* Use Weekends Wisely
* Don't Procrastinate
* Use Travel Time To Study
* Don't Fall Behind
* Make Time To Relax

Life's demands never end. We only get better at dealing with them. With more organization and time management, you will be able to balance anything that life throws your way.
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