As much as I hate to admit it, back to school season is here. You know what that means. Biology homework, dog walking, room cleaning, carpooling, basketball practice, & sometimes all in one day. Personally, I’m exhausted just thinking about it! To mange your very busy schedule, here are some tips, tricks and strategies to keep you sane this school year.
– Do you really need to do 5 AP classes, be the soccer captain, student vice president, and be in-charge of your school’s Science Olympiad team? See what you can cut back on (maybe you’ve never really liked being in AP lit that much anyway) and say no to things that are optional/aren’t required.
– Signs that you’re overbooked: 6 hours of sleep is considered sleeping in, you have permanent eye bags, you can’t remember the last time you say friends outside of school, fast food is a key part of your diet, etc.
– There are going to be some times that are more stressful than others (state testing, finals, etc.) and you’ll be feeling rushed and overbooked; but don’t turn that feeling into an everyday occurrence.
2. Get a planner!
– Your agenda isn’t any good if you don’t write anything down! Be sure to write down everything from field hockey practice to math homework. You can even color code things if you want say by using a different color pen for each subject!
– You don’t have to get a boring black agenda from Walmart, there are soo many cute options out there! If you want to splurge, Lily Pulitzer agendas are absolutely gorgeous! If you have something more inexpensive in mind, you can always take that same boring agenda that your dad made you get and cover it with duct/washi tape for an easy DIY , not to mention Amazon.com has a large selection of cute agendas under $15!
3. Makeup your mind!
– Looking well groomed can be a major time waster. To save time, opt for multi-tasking products like BB creams. My favorite is dry shampoo which not only prevents me from washing my hair everyday (major time waster!) and adds volume which is wonderful if you have finer hair.
– One of my favorite tips to do is to have a small clock in the bathroom so your morning routine won’t prevent you from missing the bus.
– See what you can cut back on. Do you really need to shave your legs, under arms, & bikini line every single day? Is 4 different shades of eye shadow necessary just to go to school? I’m not saying you need to not brush your teeth or skip deodorant (gross!) but don’t feel obligated to spend hours on your morning routine just to take a math test.
4. Delete Distractions!
– As much as we all love our laptops, smart phones, and binge-watching tv shows, it can all be a major distraction!
– Prevent temptation as much as possible. If you have a bad habit of playing the latest addicting app till your thumbs hurt, delete the app of your screen & try going a week without playing. You”ll realize how much time you spent on it and you’ll be less tempted to download games like that in the future.
– Don’t use your phone as an alarm clock! It makes you much more likely to get woken up by a 3 am Instagram notification and/or check twitter first thing in the morning (not a good habit to start!). You can buy an alarm clock for as little as $3 and they are typically louder which is better for heavy sleepers.
– Do you tend to scroll through Facebook & check all your favorite style blogs when you are supposed to be writing a 8 page essay on how the civil-war started? We’re all guilty of it & that’s why programs like cold turkey (for windows!) & stay focused (if you use the Google chrome browser) exist! You type in the sites that distract you & both programs will prevent you from visiting them for however long you specify.
5. Blogging Beauties
– As much as I adore my blog, I’ll be honest. It takes a lot of time that I often don’t have. Writing, researching, & brainstorming posts can take up hours that should be reserved for doing school work.
– If you know you can’t handle the stress & time of owning a blog during the school year, explore other options. You could limit your posting from twice a week to once, enlist an amazing friend to help you co-own the blog and write up posts, or even take a hiatus.
– A major time saver for me was the WordPress mobile app! You can respond to comments, check up on your fave blogs, and even start on a new post. It’s available for both Apple & Android, & is so helpful when you don’t have access to a computer.
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– Shoutout to Massie Blocked for her wonderful comment on my latest post. love you!
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QOTD- What’s your favorite thing about back to school?