Managing Daily Life
One thing you learn starting from a little kid in school is time management. It comes in many forms and usually progresses as you mature and move up in grades. More responsibility is added, especially when you throw sports or theater, really any after school program into the mix. Sometimes it can be very difficult to find time to still hang out with friends and do homework. Even once you get into college, time is consumed faster than you realize and you wonder how in the world you are going to be on time for work or finish that essay before the deadline.
A few things to keep in mind as you add new hobbies, or keep old ones, is to remain organized, calm and collected. This is no easy task, especially when you don’t know where to start. Here are a few tips to help you manage what little time you have, better.
1. Make a list. Organize what you need to by prioritizing it. I find that I like to get the little, simple things done first. This helps me be able to focus on the harder tasks for a longer period of time since I don’t have the small things in the back of my mind. There are others that take on the harder tasks first to get them out of the so the rest is smooth sailing. Whatever works best for you is the best way.
2. Remove distractions. This can be difficult, but it is effective. I work better when the space around me is clean and not so cluttered, with some good music in the background. I tend to clean up my space, eat, or whatever I have to do first so that when I start to work I can get into the zone and focus. Sometimes not worrying about the area you usually work in is better and just moving to a new location that is quiet or away from your home can be helpful.
3. Take breaks. This is a good point to remember, but be careful not to take advantage of it because it can easily turn into procrastination. If you have a lot of little tasks to do, finish a couple or just one and take break to clear your mind. If you are working on a big project, take a break every hour or so. Clear your mind by taking a nap, eating, cleaning, yoga, playing video games, or going on a short run, basically anything that will refresh you, your mind, and your stamina.
4. Give yourself small deadlines. This is especially helpful when you are working on big projects because it will allow you to work steadily on it while preventing stress, but ensuring quality. Also, treat yourself once you meet your goal and mini-deadline. This will help you stay motivated and on track.
Sometimes a plan may not always work out the way you had intended, which is okay. Learn to be flexible and to transition from one step to the next, while still allowing for the possibility of change. Not only will this help you time-manage in school, but later in life when you start a career!