Hey guys! I started my first day of junior year (high school) today! Now that I have started school, I realized that it is super important to create a routine where I can balance school, athletics, and my blog. The term “#GirlBoss” has become quite popular recently, as there is a book and tv show all about it on Netflix (which I totally recommend). Here are some tips to help you manage your time to the best of your ability.
1. Create a Routine
Creating a routine might sound basic and simple, but it is so helpful! Whether it is going to sleep and waking up at the same time everyday, having a certain morning/night routine, or having the same homework/study routine, your body will become adjusted to that, making your life a whole lot easier. Once your body becomes adjusted to that, everyday will seem like a breeze, especially for school.
2. Don’t sleep in!
Every weekend, you might want to sleep in until noon, and maybe you don’t even get out of bed until 1 pm. I understand how tiring the week can be, but sleeping in is not the solution! By the time you wake up at noon, half the day is already gone, meaning you will have to stay up later completing things you did not get to during the day. This summer, I really didn’t sleep in as much as I did last summer because I had a lot more things to do during the day. You might not want to wake up early because you will still feel tired, but that’s what coffee and naps are for. Waking up earlier makes me feel like I’m starting my day off right, and I feel more productive when I do.
3. Take Time to Workout
I recently joined a gym, and I always feel so much better when I go there and workout. I know it’s really hard to sometimes because school can keep you incredibly busy. Whether you go to the gym, or download a fitness app and do a quick workout at home, you will feel refreshed and more motivated. It is always important to stay in shape and to remain healthy. Since I play sports during the school year, I find it important to keep up my workout routine during breaks/holidays.
4. Get Inspired/Set Goals
It is quite easy to lose motivation during the year, especially when you are being swamped with work. I use Pinterest to keep me motivated. Whether I am looking at quotes or outfits, I find that Pinterest helps me set goals. Also, I love watching YouTubers who create quality content while balancing high school or college. It is really hard to have a channel/blog during school, and people that keep it up are truly inspiring. I am doing a series where I post my goals for every month at the beginning of the month. This way, I can go back and see what my goals were, and if I reached them or not.
5. Set a “Work Zone”
I made a blog post on organizing your work zone, which you can find here. Having a work zone is super important because that is your space to get the job done. For example, you are more likely to stay awake doing homework at your desk than on your comfortable bed. Having a work zone also gives you the ability to organize it to your liking, and to set up little motivation quotes throughout.
6. Get off your phone
I know I have serious issues with getting off my phone. When I’m studying/working, I make sure to put my phone on do not disturb, and I put it on the other side of my room. I know you might want to just check the time, but you will still be on your phone 15 minutes later. Keeping your phone away from you makes you less likely to get on your phone because we really don’t want to have to get up every time we feel the urge to check the time. After an hour of working, reward yourself with a small 5-10 minute break on your phone. Make sure to set the timer, or you will probably end up being on your phone for 30 minutes.
7. Plan the night before
Whether you are making your lunch, writing a to-do list, or packing your bag, doing things the night before results in a less stressful morning. You might want to give up and just go to sleep, but you will end up having a stressful morning trying to do everything when you could have just done it the night before. It seriously just takes an extra 10-15 minutes, so don’t be lazy about it.
8. Use a Planner
I have no idea what my life would be like without a planner, especially during the school year. Having seven classes a day makes it extremely hard to remember homework, tests, and quizzes. I know I didn’t use a planner freshman year, and I don’t know how I got through it. Target always has the cutest planners, and they are really inexpensive too. I could honestly buy five planners just for one year because they are so cute! If you want to know how I organize my planner, click here.
9. Journal Your Days
I love to write, and I love to keep journals. You don’t have to write something everyday, or you can if you want to. It’s a great way to keep up with thing throughout your life, and it’s always fun to go back and read on stuff you could have probably forgotten.
10. Remember to Love Yourself!
Whether you treat yourself out or have a spa day at home, just remember to take sometime for yourself. It is quite easy to get caught up in other things, and you might forget to take care of yourself. Taking one day a week for you is totally okay! You’ve earned it!!
Thank you so much for reading! I hope you guys enjoy my writing blog posts! I feel like I haven’t done one recently, so I have a few ideas coming up! Don’t forget to check out my social medias down below!!