Between homework, classes, extracurricular activities, friends and work, there’s a lot of different dates and deadlines for teens to keep up with. When there’s a lot to do, it’s easy to get so overwhelmed that you feel incapable of doing anything. Instead of curling up on the couch and watching Netflix while ignoring your responsibilities, why not try these tips to make your hectic life a bit easier?
Use a Planner or Agenda
While you may think you can remember everything on your schedule, it’s easy to miss a deadline or an appointment if you don’t have it written down. Using a planner or agenda to plan your week and keep track of important information will help you feel less anxious about forgetting something. Furthermore, a planner will help you figure out when you have spare time to see your friends or study. Make sure you update your planner every time something gets added or taken from your schedule, whether it’s a due date for an essay, a doctor’s appointment or a get together with your friends.
Prioritize Your Tasks
When you’ve got a lot on your plate, it can be hard to know where to begin. That’s why it’s important to prioritize your tasks based on their due date, importance and urgency—because otherwise, it’s easy to get caught up in the smaller tasks that don’t really matter. For example, tasks like homework assignments or chores should be prioritized over shooting hoops or practicing your favorite hobby.
Make Time for Self-Care
No matter how busy you are, it’s important to take the time to take care of yourself. Even though you may feel like you don’t have enough time, getting enough sleep, maintaining your personal hygiene, exercising and eating well are all key to maintaining your stamina and mental health. Doing activities that relax you such as reading, sketching or having a bath is another way you can take care of yourself when you have a stressful schedule.
Learn to Say No
It can be tempting to say yes to every social event your friends invite you to, but if your schedule is hectic, sometimes it’s important to say no so you can focus on school, work or much-needed rest.
Talk to Your Manager or Boss
If you have a part-time job, let your manager or boss know about any other commitments you may have, such as school or a sports team. Your manager may be able to schedule your shifts around your other commitments, or be flexible in the amount of shifts they schedule you for during especially stressful times such as exam season.
If your life feels hectic and out of control, trying some of these tips may make your life feel a little bit easier. Being a teen is hard, but with a bit of organization, you can lighten the burden, make things more manageable and feel more in control of your responsibilities.
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