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Time Management for High School and College Students* by Laura Stack | theproductivitypro.com | March 2011 Both high school and college can, in their own ways, be as challenging as any job. So as you prepare yourself for adult life, it’s important to become well-grounded in one of the most critical aspects of any successful career: good time management. The Basics of Organization Before you can maximize the use of your time, you have to spend some of it on planning. This isn’t difficult or especially time-consuming, but you do have to be a little fanatical about it. It all starts with implementing a scheduling system. Your next task should be to create a master schedule for your life. Put everything on it that you can think of, starting with the fixed items: sleep, meals, chores, classes, tests, upcoming papers, and work time if you have a job. Next, estimate how long you think non-fixed assignments (like research papers) will take you to complete, and block off that time on your schedule. Everything else—favorite TV shows, extracurricular activities, a social life— has to be juggled to fit whatever blanks are left over. Review your schedule daily, and update it at least once a week. When you do, ask yourself these questions: “What worked this week, and what didn’t? Did I schedule the right amount of time for each task? Which tasks took more time than expected, and which took less? What did I forget to plan for?” You can use what you’ve learned to plan next week’s schedule.
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