School Survival: Priorities, Choices and Balance

You just got home from a long 8-hour school day tired, hungry, just done with everyone and you realize you still have 2 hours of homework to do, then a 2 1/2 hour softball practice, and still want to hang out with your friends. How are you going to get everything done without dying?

Believe me I have had my fair share of long homework sessions and even longer, tiring sports practices. I know how much it sucks, you just want to go home, take a bath, hang out with your friends, and sleep, but you can’t, until now.

Here’s how to get everything done and still have time to have fun and attempt to not be so stressed.

clock prioritize balance1. Prioritize your time
If you have to finish a math packet and write a 5 paragraph essay, don’t spend all of your time focused on one equation or your topic sentence. Make a list of the things you need to finish by class the next day and decide what you want to work on at what time. Also, prioritize time with your friends, life shouldn’t revolve around school. If you haven’t had anytime to hangout with your friends lately invite them over for a study session or just a relaxing get together.

2. Take small breaks
Don’t kill yourself working for long periods of time. Get up and move around, grab a snack, take a few pics on Instagram, go practice your sport for a little bit and clear your head. Taking breaks can help you work harder and be less stressed.

3. It’s okay to ask for help
Although you may sometimes think one of your teachers is literally out to get you or just wants to ruin your life, teachers are trying to help you become a better student, learner, and person. If you ever feel like you can’t do something or need some extra time to finish an assignment it doesn’t hurt to ask a teacher for help, whether that be some one-on-one time after school or turning in a project past the due date. Don’t want to ask them in person? Send them an email telling them how you feel and what you need some help with, chances are they will try to help you out.

Asleep on campus prioritize balance4. Take care of yourself
If you are super stressed out and think that missing a soccer practice would help you clear your head and get some much needed rest, let your parent or guardian know and tell them why you need to take a day off. Or let your coach know that you just can’t be your best self a practice that day and they might let you take a sick day.

5. Have fun!
I know that this one is totally cliché and is literally the last step to almost every checklist but it’s true, have fun. Don’t get caught up in a homework assignment or a late practice, life is about having fun and when you make everything you do fun, your life will be a hundred times easier.

For more study tips + finals week outfit ideas, check out Bethany Mota‘s surviving finals video: