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Too much stress, not enough time? Time management 101

As high school students we have a lot of things on our plates, homework, sports, extracurricular activities, sleep, family time, and having a social life. Sometimes it can be hard to fit all of those into our schedules, especially since most of us are world class procrastinators, and aren’t too great at managing time. Here are just a few ways to keep yourself a little bit more organized, and try to fit all of those things into your life with a little bit less stress.


Step one to having a less stressful life: plan things out. This doesn’t work for everyone, but making yourself a daily schedule with a daily task lists can do wonders for a busy schedule. Planning things to the minute might work for some, but writing down simple to do tasks for the whole day might be an easier way to go.

Use the 45/15 rule. Work on something for 45 minutes straight without any distractions, and then after working for 45 minutes, take a 15 minute break to do whatever you want. Keep repeating that until you get all of your work done.

While writing things down might work for visual and kinesthetic learners, it doesn’t always work for audio learners. If you’re an audio learner, try recording yourself saying your list of tasks. Listen to the recording every time you need to know what you have left to do.

Take deep breaths! Don’t let life overwhelm you. If life gets too stressful, take a step back, sit down, and let yourself breathe. Sometimes it’s not always healthy to over work yourself, and the only answer to a stress free life is taking a break.


These are only a few tips on how to manage time, but there are many more out there, and the best way to managing time is finding the one that works best for you.