One of the most important life skills you take away as a student is your ability to prioritize your workload. Depending on what kind of homework you have, the after school activities you are taking part in, and of course, your family and social life, everything can get very overwhelming!
Below we have compiled a checklist for you to go through, to help you organize your workload to become a more productive you!
- Are you somewhere you can be productive? No, your bed doesn’t count! Try and sit at a desk and remove distractions. Is the music too loud when you prefer music at a low volume, or none at all? Is your room too messy? Maybe you should spend 5 minutes to tidy things up a little so as not to get distracted.
- Make a list of everything you can do- realistically! Don’t assume that you’ll be able to finish an entire science presentation in one night, as well as do your Algebra, memorize the lines for that play and also practice the cello for 2 hours. Be realistic in your task-setting.
- Prioritize, quite literally. At the front of each task you have set yourself, prioritize it out of 5. 5 would be: “super duper important to get done today“, and 1 would probably be: “well, would be nice to get done today but can also be done tomorrow“. If you’re not sure how to do this, it’s best to use due dates! When is something due sooner, it should obviously go further up on the task list.
- Don’t try to multi-task. Sometimes it can almost feel like a competition, who can multitask the most/the best while doing their homework! But you know, multi-tasking doesn’t actually help very much (we would know!). Make sure you focus on one task at a time.
- Celebrate the wins! Too often, we get so bogged down by everything we have to do, we forget to celebrate the wins. If you manage to get through all the 5’s of your checklist, OMG GREAT! Treat yourself to 15 minutes on Facebook or Instagram, or spend 5 minutes on that perfect IG story with the new filter. Remember to take some time to re-set your mind. Ideally, you shouldn’t be doing this behind a computer or a phone. Whatever you do, make sure you take a break, and maybe read a fun book (no, not the one for English class!) or sing a song!