Who manages their time well here? With the eleven consecutive days of no-school that happened in mid-August because of the typhoons, did it also mean no-work for most of you? On a range of one to ten, how productive were you? Don’t worry, you’re not alone in this. But, that does not mean I am applauding you for your laziness. What I want to say is that, we should all work together to escape the intangible clutches of procrastination.
The first thing you should do is persuade yourself that you have do it now- no! Not in a few minutes, not tomorrow! NOW! Tell yourself the truth about your situation. Rationalize that the only right time to do it is now. Do it tomorrow and you will have to cram. Postpone it and it will just keep on getting postponed again and again, and in the end, you’ll have to cram.
When you managed to pull yourself together, pat yourself on the back, crack your fingers and stretch your neck. It’s time to get this show on the road. First step you have to take is to make a list. Mark your deadlines on a calendar, make a checklist of things you have to do. Post it where you can always see it.
Give yourself incentives. If you finish a sentence on this research paper, treat yourself to a piece of gum. If you finish a paragraph, treat yourself to a pack of Cheetos. If you finish the whole thing, you will make yourself a cup of coffee, wear a sweater and watch your favorite movie as the chaos of the rain creates a calm atmosphere for you to enjoy.
NEVER punish yourself for not reaching your own expectations. Other people will look down on you, other people will be disappointed in you, they will think all they want about you. Never, I say never, feel the same about yourself. Tell yourself there’s always a next time. There is always room for improvement.
A little bit of optimism is okay, but NEVER push yourself too hard. Remember, your health matters too. You may think you can finish everything in one day, and argue “why do tomorrow when you can do today”, but harming your health is not good for you. You will get sick, and getting sick means going to the hospital, and that means being absent in school. Your tasks will be piled up more than it was before you got sick. So for your own sake, please take care of yourself. Make sure you get enough food, water and sleep. They say ants are the most hardworking species in the world. Even they have to rest.
Once you get the hang of managing your own time, you will get used to your own schedule. My tip for you is to repeat your healthy habits consciously for just seven days. After that, your body will adapt to the schedule. Next thing you know, doing your work immediately after dinner, without logging in any social networks, will be as easy as remembering how to read or write – it will be instinctive. You won’t even have to think about it. Your body will do it for you.
Time management is an easy skill that will make everything feel possible. I hope this article has helped you. It will support you like a crutch not just here in high school, but even in college and in the life you are about to face.