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  • Writer's pictureRachana Kadikar

Time Management Part One

People often find themselves lacking time-management skills in high school, especially when it comes to balancing time for school, work, extracurriculars, friends, family, and much more. It is one of the most important skills and habits needed in life, but one of the hardest to develop. Because who wants to be studying for the calc test when you can be watching The Office right? However there are many things that you can do to help strengthen your time management skills.

1. First, do not procrastinate. This is one of the most generic things anyone can say about time management, but this can help the most. People often cheat themselves in terms of this, telling themselves that they have a month to do an assignment, and if they miss one day, it wont be a big deal. However, once you get in the habit of avoiding the task, the time goes by quicker, and you find yourself needing to complete a 15 page essay the night before it’s due. Then you're putting less effort into the work, and the quality of the product will have decreased. This could've easily been avoided if you started a little earlier, as without the close deadline and lots of work to finish, you have time to ensure that the product is as good as it can be. This goes for anything that you do, not only school related activities. Planning ahead of time can reduce stress, and increase quality of work.

2. The second tip is to always know what you have to do, and have it right in front of you. Creating a to-do list, or planner of some sort can help as you know what you are doing, and you won't forget what you have to do. You are also likely to get more done as with a list in front of you, you are less likely to waste time as you will want to complete everything on it.

3. Another tip for time-management is to prioritize what you are doing. If you have two things to do that each take 45 minutes each, but you only have 1 hour, do not compromise the quality of both just to get them done. Choose which one will help you out more in the future, and what is truly important. Categorizing your to-do list is a great way to prioritize what is important, and what isn't. For example, organizing the list based on first priority, second priority, third priority, etc. can help you have a clear picture of what you should do first, and what you can save for later.

These are just a few of many time management ideas that can help you organize your life, so you have time to do everything you want and need to do.

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