5 Proven Methods To Organize Your Time Better - Managing Your Time As A Student

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Oh how writing this post will be a blast from the past. I have tons of stories where my schedule was super hectic and not being able to manage my time. While it can be done it will take a little bit extra effort on your part. But it will be well worth it.

We all know how hectic your schedule can get. Trying to juggle school, sports, work, family and other after school clubs. The sad this is now days those are just the least of it.

Understanding how to manage your time as a student will help you decrease stress and make sure you get everything done that is needed. This will potentially free up some more time also. Which you can try out that after school club you have been looking at!

1.Try Everything But Do Not Do Everything

I was the kid in school that thought he could attend every sport and every club and still manage my life. I would say yes to about anything anyone asked me to do. Whether that be an afterschool club, or a local soccer game. Well it ended very quickly and luckily I found some ways to get everything I wanted done.

You can just imagine how that went.

“The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done; men and women who are creative, inventive and discoverers, who can be critical and verify, and not accept, everything they are offered.” Jean Piaget

While it is okay to try things throughout your school career please try not to constantly do everything. This will wear you very thin and potentially not let you do anything. Like a good quote I’ve heard, The master of everything is the master of nothing. Which he means that you cannot be the master of everything. So find what is the best thing for you.

The best way I started figuring out what was necessary was my junior year, I sat and wrote down what all was vital to my future goals and how I could achieve them faster.

If you do not know which path you are going yet, try new things but do not make it where your schedule is one after another. You will burn out very quick.

2.Get A Planner

Using a planner or a schedule can make your time in school almost a 1000% easier. With the amount of things that are going on in your life you will have a lot of trouble trying to keep track. This could potentially lead you to miss important events or anything else that isn’t wrote down.

The great thing about planners is that they are so diverse. You can literally do anything with them, which is such a plus. I have seen so many different types of planners.

Here are a few different ideas:

  • Bullet Planners – If you are a crafty person then this will be a great choice for you. It might take some extra time but you can really design it anyway you feel like. I have seen some crazy planners designed.
  • School Planners – Most schools now offer planners at the beginning of the year or they are usually in the office. If you just need something to write down events in this might be the best bet for you.
  • Store Bought Planners – If you are looking for something specific going to your local office store or shopping on line might be your best bet. These places offer tons of different options.

That is what I love about planners, you can make it yours.

3.Develop A Sleep Schedule

Developing a sleep schedule can be hard as a student due to the extra amount of homework you can do. There can be nights where you want to be in bed by 8 pm but do not get to bed until 12 A.m. Oh how I do not miss those nights.

This video does a really good job on explain night routines. As all these might not work for you, you can pull little tips from it and develop your own routine.

As hard as it might be start trying to develop a sleep schedule, this in turn well help you be more alert during the day. So when you try to do extra activities you can be awake and ready.

4.Get Work Done In Your Free Time

Managing a schedule is all about getting everything done you can. That is why you need to use all the time you can during the school hours so you can accomplish more at night. Most of the schools are offering study hours nowadays, these are great for getting assignments done the same days.

If offered, I would recommend choosing a study hour at the end of the day so you can complete everything that was assigned that day.

Some other great times to get work done are:

  • Down Time – If your teacher is alright with it you can work on extra assignments when there is down time in classes. Though you will be constantly working for 8 hours it will free up a lot of time for the rest of the day.
  • Lunch – Though this time is mainly used for eating and socializing. You can take full advantage of this hour. If you ask any teacher if you can use their classroom during lunch they would be more than happy to let you work more.

Using these little periods to get more work done will ultimately free up time later in your schedule. So if you wanted to try out that club after school you will have time to do it.

5.Balance Your Self

“I see a world on the edge of a blade. Without balance, it will fall.”  ― Victoria Aveya

I love Victoria’s quote about balancing. Until we tip over we do not fully understand the importance of having a balanced life. This trick can be a little bit harder to achieve. But the more you practice at it the better it can impact your life.

If you look at your life right now you probably would of think of it as a jumbled mess. That is the great thing about balance is it makes you in control of you life. You set what needs to be a priority.

Some way’s to achieve balance are:

  • Your Needs – One of the first steps to having a balanced life is just like a budget, what are your needs? What can you not live without. So you would include school as a need on your list. That is something you have to do.
  • Your Health – A lot of people think health comes second to work but you can’t do anything if your sick or hurt. That is why it is recommended that you workout at least 30 minutes a day.
  • Experiences – You need to have time for things that you find fun, that will also help you grow. So many people just work 24/7 and do not experience the life they are living. Go out sometimes.


These are just a few various tips and tricks to managing your time as a student. While there is no set way to making a perfect time management schedule, just like anything else you will need to test and see what works for you.

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