Teens face increasing demands as they learn to make decisions and follow through with them. As a teen, you need to learn how to allocate your time to the most productive activities in an efficient way.
At 20, Vik Nithy is founder of three companies. In this TEDx Youth Talk, he explains why people procrastinate, and encourages young people to plan their tasks, time, resources, and process, but also plan for distraction and failure.
Like Vik, you can manage your time well and achieve incredible goals for your life. Start with these nine tips that can help you to make the most of your time.
1. Establish a vision of what you want for your life
Though you will change or modify your vision as you mature, you need a foundation to start with. For example, by late teens, you should develop personal and career goals with a plan on how to achieve them.
2. Prioritize your tasks
Make a list each day, and set the tasks with the highest priority at the top to work on first. Practice the Pareto Principle which explains that if you complete the top 20 percent of your tasks each day, you could get a 80 percent return.
3. Focus on what is important
Don't allow yourself to be sidetracked. Don't waste your time on things that are not important to achieving your goals.
4. Set aside time for planning your day
Practice to plan ahead. Start by identifying how much time you spend on which task. Then divide your time and allocate it among the things you need to do. For example, set aside time for study.
5. Organize a time planner
Write down when assignments are due, test dates, and so on. This could help you not only to keep on schedule, but to track your weekly and monthly commitments and activities.
6. Find your best time
Try to figure out when you do your best work. This is the time when you are most productive, for example, you might work best at nights. If you are you are a "night person," you could gain much from working on, for example project, at nights when there is less distractions.
7. Manage distractions and interruptions
Avoid the distractions, for example, answering the phone and surfing the web. So turn off you phone when you are studying and resist the urge to go online unless you need to access specific information that is useful for what you are studying.
8. Learn how to say, "No"
Learn to be assertive and you are less likely to become overwhelmed with too many responsibilities. For example, it's alright to tell a friend that you can't go to a movie with him or her because you have a school project to complete.
9. Get enough sleep
Sleep is important for your overall well-being. It helps you learning and memory, and improves your mood.
Can you think of another step you could take, to manage your time better, in addition to those listed ?
© 2017 Yvette Stupart