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How can I do all the school, homework, revision, as well as extra curricular stuff needed to stand out, whilst living or at the very least, surviving?

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Last Updated: 05/26/2020 at 8:58pm
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Top Rated Answers
March 3rd, 2015 4:16am
You will need to make sure that you prioritize the most important things to you. Once you prioritize you might try and sort through them to determine what you really need and what you are wanting. There is only so many hours in the day so we should devote a good portion of those to meeting the most basic human needs. Good health through, diet and exercise. Good sleep hygiene and of course time for emotionally connecting with others.
March 16th, 2015 12:04am
Make or get yourself a planner (pen and paper is easier than a cell phone, in my opinion) and block out your available time. Make sure that at least once a day you allow yourself time for you; it is just as important to recharge as it is to complete all of your work. If you still find that you are struggling, speak to a teacher that you trust t see what your school can do to help you out. Good luck!
April 21st, 2015 12:35pm
It's all about time management and doing things one at a time. Balance the time spent on each activity, schedules can help extensively and improve efficiency. It is also super important to take some time out in between each to unwind and reflect on the day
May 19th, 2015 2:29am
In high school I was in band and dance. I put in at least 10 hours of work to band, another 5 to dance, plus the 8 hours I spent in school, and roughly 15 hours of homework time each week. It isn't easy, but it's possible. Time management can be your best friend. I spent an hour after school in dance, 2 hours after that for band, then another 2 hours for homework and any revisions I needed to do. I still made it into bed by 9 or 9:30 and got enough sleep for school the next day.
June 8th, 2015 12:45am
You have to find a way to schedule your time that works for you. I have found that I can sometimes multi-task when it comes to keeping up with homework and such. For example, I load electronic copies of my textbooks and readings on my phone. Then when I have to stand in line somewhere I read. I also set a to-do list for each day. It is possible to feel overwhelmed even by that - in which case I make a to-do list for the morning, then another for the afternoon and evening.
July 7th, 2015 1:19pm
Great question! Its really hard to fit everything in, and often you won't have time for everything you might like to do. The important thing is to do all the things you have to do. First off, you already stand out. You are YOU, nobody else is, so you are UNIQUE. Congratulations! If somebody doesn't like you, that's their problem, not yours. You should not waste your lfe worrying about what they think! Secondly you have to realise you are human with limits. You need to eat properly and sleep (ideally between 7 or 8 hours a day). The rest of the time is yours to do with as you want, or need!. I made some lists - things that I felt I had to do. Then I thought a bit more. I then put them into four columns. Things I MUST do, things I SHOULD do, things I COULD do if I had time, and then things i WOULD NOT do until I had done everyrhing on the other three lists. I then prepared a table - 7 columns wide, and 48 lines long. This was my week, with days along the top, and each line was a half hour period of time. Once I put in my sleep times and meal times, I then filled in the rest of the lines. There is a great temptation to fill ALL the lines with something - but you need what I call "personal system downtime". Time off. Try following it for one week and see how you get on. It helps you to focus on what is essential and what is "nice to have" if you have the time. And it helps you manage the time. On top of this, you can also use travel time for study - flashcards, or a I use a small pocket notebook which comes out everytime Im waiting for a bus, tram, train etc. In it Ive got things I need to revise (like evening studies work, poems I'm learning, or little puzzles Ive found to keep the mind active. Finally, dont make the mistake of cutting down on valuable sleep - you need it to make your non-sleeping hours effective.
September 19th, 2015 6:25pm
Here's some advice for parental and children: Find a location in the house where homework will be done. The right location will depend on your child and the culture of your family. Some children do best at a desk in their bedroom. It is a quiet location, away from the hubbub of family noise. Other children become too distracted by the things they keep in their bedroom and do better at a place removed from those distractions, like the dining room table. Some children need to work by themselves. Others need to have parents nearby to help keep them on task and to answer questions when problems arise. Ask your child where the best place is to work. Both you and your child need to discuss pros and cons of different settings to arrive at a mutually agreed upon location.Besides,Your child should get in the habit of doing homework at the same time every day. In addition,establish a daily homework schedule.Hope my advice help a little :)
December 22nd, 2015 4:29pm
Try to balance between everything, don't do things too much, have a list or a schedule to do everything but still have time to take a break and have fun! :)
May 9th, 2016 7:43am
Create a timetable for everything. Stick to the time table and follow accordingly. Fit in all the things u want to do in the time table and don't forget personal time as well.
October 11th, 2016 6:17am
Make a timetable and be realistic while doing it. Make a list of everything you want to get done throughout the week and make a schedule. Don't forget to leave space for other events that might pop up. Also, be sure to include breaks and free time. This method should help you stay organised and allow you to have fun at the same time :)
June 6th, 2017 12:54am
I personally have a very hectic school and extracurricular life, as I am trying to get into a highly competitive college. The way I balance it is writing everything down I have to do and breaking it into chunks, so it doesn't seem so overwhelming.
May 27th, 2019 12:38pm
I suggest being present in the activity you are currently doing. By thinking ahead and worrying, you will continue to feel overwhelmed by your tasks. I also suggest maybe creating a timetable, a rough ideas not something you have to stick to, make it flexible and add in some relaxing time. Maybe start with three things each day that you must do and focus on those. I hope this helps a little. I see that you seem to be dealing with a lot and it must be hard. I understand your frustration but maybe, you can try and see the tasks you have to do in a different manner, with more calmness and be aware of what is going on around you.
July 23rd, 2019 8:32am
Timetable+consistency+priority setting=do whatever you want to.I think, i can answer this question because i was that kid in school who was literally i like to say.."i was well all over the place" XD. Now you need to get yourself a timetable wherein i strongly recommend that you fix your sleeping and studying hours. later you can adjust your co curriculars and the hardest part of it is sticking to your routine. it might seem like you can't get everything on day 1. but with consistency you'll be making progress everywhere you wish. also, do not ever ignore sleeping and self care: it's very necessary and it'll save you from a break down in the long run. hope that helps..
May 26th, 2020 8:58pm
It can be hard to balance everything all at once. I found that once I stopped participating in extra curricular solely because I thought it would look good on a resume, that I started to find things easier to balance. I began focusing on the activities that I really enjoyed and it made things that much better. Also, make sure to take time for just yourself once a day or at the very least once a week. Taking time for yourself gives you the opportunity to just breath and relax and forget about everything that you need to do, even if it is for only a few moments.