4 Time Management Tips For Teens
As a teenager, you are experiencing a lot of transitions.
Whether you are transitioning schools, starting a new batch of classes or taking
on new responsibilities (like a job), there are going to be a lot of exciting opportunities
coming your way.
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement by saying, “YES!”
to every opportunity you are handed. But things can get pretty overwhelming when
your schedule starts to fill up. Don’t worry! You are not alone — many teens are
going through the same thing! The best way to equip yourself is to learn how to
manage your time.
Check out these tips so you can manage your busy teen schedule:
1. Be Realistic
It’s important to be realistic about the commitments you
make. Your school is full of great activities,
sports and clubs — it's hard not
to want to join everything! Keep in mind: Sports can hold practice up to two hours
a day and most clubs meet twice a week and even on the weekends — that's a huge
commitment! When looking to join an activity, be sure to understand the full commitment,
including time and money. If you're able to make the commitment, go for it and have
fun! Just be sure you allow enough time to study and complete your homework!
2. Keep A Calendar
A calendar is a great tool to help keep track of your homework
assignments, tests and school events. It’s also a great place to add the following:
Your day-to-day activities
Reminders for exams and projects
Important events like family get-togethers
There are a variety of calendars available, from pocket calendars
to calendar apps on your phone. Choose what works best for you and you’ll soon find
managing your time will become a habit.
Another item to consider adding to your calendar is your
period cycle. Tracking your period and understanding your cycle will help you be
prepared. Use our
Period Calculator to figure out when you can expect
your next period and mark it in your calendar so you can be prepared. (Consider
using a sticker or colored dot so only you will know when your period is coming.)
3. Prioritize Your Responsibilities
Learning to prioritize your responsibilities is important
in managing your time. In addition to prioritizing schoolwork and family in your
schedule, it is necessary to prioritize
sleep. Sleep allows your body to function
properly and helps with your ability to learn and concentrate. Prioritizing your
responsibilities may mean reducing the time spent on your phone or computer, or
even time with your friends. While your friends are also really important to you,
you need to make sure that all your top priorities are being met before you schedule
time with your BFFs!
4. Take Time to Relax
It's nice to be involved with everything, but you need time
to just lie around and watch a movie or read a book. This is called relaxation.
You need to relax every once in awhile so you can revive your body and mind and
prep yourself for a new day. But if you feel super stressed out, talk to your parents
about how you are feeling. You can suggest that it’ll be better to limit your activities
because you are feeling overwhelmed. Be honest with them and they'll admire your
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