Maintaining a social life, while keeping your grades up in high school can be so hard. You want good grades, but you want to go out and have fun with friends or a boyfriend or girlfriend. We understand that you want to be able to go and do the fun things in life.
Here are some easy, simple tips that may help you.
Keep an Updated Schedule; This is a great way to make use of the calendar app on your phone! Take the time to add any due dates for your assignments. Set aside specific times throughout the week to focus on things like homework, some time with friends, and maybe some other outside activities.
Work Ahead, Don’t Just Procrastinate; By procrastinating you are allowing your to-do pile to grow and grow. Once all of that work piles up, it will be even harder to motivate yourself to get started. Getting ahead on readings, papers, and other assignments will help reduce procrastination-based stress while allowing more time in the future for hanging out with friends or just relaxing with a weekend of Netflix binging- we all like to do that once in awhile!
Get a Good Night’s Sleep; We regularly hear about the benefits of getting more sleep, from maintaining a strong immune system to improving our moods, but we hardly manage to actually use this advice. Sometimes we get so rooted in our work that the high amount of stress and large workload can keep us from getting enough sleep. If you really take the time to improve the quality of your sleep,your stress levels will go down and you’ll be able to think more clearly and make fewer mistakes in your work.
Prioritize Your Work; Organize your work in a meaningful way based on when projects and papers are due. Recurring things like homework and studying are easier to schedule ahead of time, but sometimes papers and projects tend to sneak up on you. Make sure to check your syllabus to see how different assignments are weighted. Important assignments like papers and exams can make the difference of a full letter grade (or two!) for a class. Prioritizing assignments will allow you to focus on what is most important first, and then knock out smaller assignments afterward. Knowing you’ve completed a major project and don’t have to worry about it hanging over your head can also help you to feel more balanced and relaxed.
Make Time for Yourself
Whether this means spending time with friends, visiting family, or even just taking a moment to relax by yourself, it is important for your well-being to have some time set aside away from school. Once you have finished important tasks, be sure to find some way to treat yourself and clear your head.
Following this simple advice might not melt all your stress away, but it will help you stay sane while still maintaining a busy schedule. And remember, you don’t have to go through it all alone!
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