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Added April 23, 2014

4 Time Management Tips For Teens

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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 best 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 maturity.

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lovelyness21
lovelyness21
Posted July 15, 2013
im gonna be the girl with the schedual closest to my face
augustbloom
augustbloom
Posted April 29, 2013
I am scared but exited about middle school.
Secretmermaid
Secretmermaid
Posted July 30, 2012
I'm going into 8th grade. But to all you girls who are still nervous about time managing and how you will survive, DON'T!! They first week or so is crazy and kinda scary but over the school year, you will find the perfect flow or routine of how many activities you can do and how you will manage work. Think of middle school as a expirence in the real world where you have more FREEDOM in what you can do! It's so fun!! you will luv it! Trust me!
countrygirlie107
countrygirlie107
Posted July 25, 2012
starting middle school this year gotta b xtra good cuz they dont play
CutieGirl1041
CutieGirl1041
Posted August 24, 2012
I cannot wait for middle school next year!!! I am so excited!!!
micki mouse roxx8
micki mouse roxx8
Posted June 28, 2012
IM WORKING MY BUTT OFF THIS YEAR!!!! IM STARTING MIDDlE SCHOOL AND THEY DO NOTTTT PLAY GAMES!! IM GONNA STUDY AND FOCUSS ON SCHOOL!! PLUS BE GOOD IN ATHLETICS AND ORCHESTRA!!
sweetsani16
sweetsani16
Posted June 21, 2012
this is help ful
MeatLover2000<3
MeatLover2000<3
Posted February 04, 2012
my friend goes 2 a private school for like rich people and the school was gonna give everyone ipads cuz u can get txtbooks on them and u can just carry around and ipad!!!!!!she so lucky!!!!!
mickeykk
mickeykk
Posted February 28, 2012
This was really helpful! Can't wait for High school next year
Maxipad352
Maxipad352
Posted June 27, 2012
trying to find time for everything and keeping my priorities straight were hard until this article came to my attention, and many others, and it all helped me find time for everything!!! :)
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