High school students are often under a tremendous amount of pressure. Between school, extracurriculars, volunteering, jobs, family, friends, and more, it can seem as if there are never enough hours in the day.
One of the ways to combat feeling overworked or overwhelmed is by teaching your teen some time management skills. Learning time management can help high school students take control of their time – and create balance in their lives.
1. Make a to-do list every day. Start every day with a list of things that need to get accomplished. Prioritize tasks by importance, listing the most important tasks first and less important tasks after. Not only does this help students prioritize what they need to do first, but it also gives them a feeling of accomplishment as they visually complete and check off items.
2. Schedule everything. In addition to using to-do lists, create a detailed daily schedule. Begin by blocking off regular or predictable time, such as school, work, sports practices, or volunteer shifts. Next, add due dates for tests and assignments. Finish by scheduling yourself enough time each to study and complete assigned work. A detailed schedule can keep you on task and on schedule.
3. Keep work with you. Use spare minutes wisely; while riding the bus or waiting for an appointment, get off Facebook and spend a few minutes reading or studying. While short periods of time might not seem like much on their own, they can add up to significant time savings.
4. Know your limits. If your to-do lists are getting too long or there are simply too many things for you to accomplish, it may be time to say no to some of your commitments. Knowing your limits can help prevent feeling overwhelmed, as well as allowing you to focus on tasks that are more important.
5. Don’t procrastinate. The simplest time management technique is also the most effective. Avoiding procrastinating can reduce stress, help school work loads feel more manageable, and give you more time in the long run to spend time relaxing with friends and family.
Finding balance between all their commitments can be difficult for teens. Practicing these time management techniques can help them reduce stress, use their time more wisely, and better prepare for their future!