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What is the best way to manage my time in high school am having trouble with how to organize my activities, what would be some recommendations??

Hi am Allison, am currently a sophomore and am struggling with how to manage my time, I have a job and other responsibilities at home plus my homework and studying. but I also want to have fun and I feel like don't have enough time. :(

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Chirayu’s Answer

Make a schedule and plan out your day, including classes, homework, extracurricular activities, and free time. Prioritize tasks and focus on the most important tasks first and tackle them during your most productive hours. Take breaks and schedule short breaks between tasks to rest your mind and avoid burnout. Eliminate distractions and find a quiet study space, turn off your phone, and avoid social media during study time. Stay organized and use a planner or calendar to keep track of deadlines and upcoming assignments.
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Richard’s Answer

Priorities are the key. Keeping a daily "TODO" list with check-off boxes is helpful. Make the items on the list actionable in short space of time.

Don't worry if the list continues to grow. On a daily basis, look at your list and see what you should work on today. Sometimes it will be items that are easy to get done today. Sometimes they will deadline based: "Paper on XYZ topic must be done by Thursday." If you can't check something off today, your list needs a "scrubbing."

For instance, "Get a college degree" is a waste of paper and pen. Instead, you could put: "Find an advisor that can help me channel the area I want to pursue in college." You may be surprised to find that there are teachers in your high school who will be willing to take their time to help you, but they won't come to you, you have to approach them. Take a deep breath and give it a shot.

To avoid the problem of making you a "robot" to the TODO list, learn the "elevator algorithm." That is, every so often, don't go the next, optimal floor, but pick the least optimal (most fun) choice. For instance, you want to learn how to perform in front of an audience? You could go out and do some Karaoke.
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Alayna’s Answer

Hi Allison! It seems like you have a lot on your plate. I was the same way in high school, so I'm going to share with you some things I learned!

- School comes first. If you need to cut down your hours at your job in order to succeed in school, do that. In high school, I was struggling to keep up with school and work, so I talked to my manager and cut my hours down so that I only worked weekends. Your manager should understand.

- Make a schedule and hold yourself to it. In high school, my schedule looked something like this: After school, I would go to the library and do homework for 1-2 hours. Then I would go home, spend time with my family or friends, and have dinner. On the weekends, I would work in the mornings and then use the evenings to hang out with friends. It doesn't have to be super specific, just have a general idea of how you can spend your time most effectively.

- Use your free time wisely. If you have free time in class, use it to work on some homework. If you get to school early and have a few minutes before class starts, work on an assignment. All of these small moments of free time will really add up and allow you to get work done a lot quicker.

- Find a reliable study space. When your home life is so busy, sometimes it is hard to get work done at the kitchen table or in your room. I recommend going to the library.

I hope that helps, good luck!
Thank you comment icon Time management can be done by organinizing your tasks by prioritizing by deadline or urgency. Just don'twait to do everything at the last minute. If you can multi-task well that is great. Dereka Samonte
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David’s Answer

Hello, Allison,
Managing your time will be a life-long challenge, so I admire that you're anxious to start now in this challenge. My suggestion:
- first, write down how much time your commitments actually take, such as going to and returning from job, typical homework time, typical time for home chores. You need to see the total time that is asked of you before you can manage it.
- Now write down how much time (other than attending school and family meals and daily hygiene) is available in total.
- Now, subtract the first total from the second. That is how much theoretically available 'free' time you have. If the number is zero or negative, then you have no free time available and need to revisit the commitments you have to see which can be reduced. Otherwise, seeing you available free time, you need to ask yourself what is keeping you from using it more productively. It is very common to find that the free time is being wasted in small time chunks of TV watching, playing computer games, and other time-filling activities. Review these carefully as they are what is preventing you from having time to focus on your fun. We all waste time every day and recovering that time may give you the time you need. All the best to you.
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