Many kids including me have activities after school like swim, basketball, dance etc. Managing these activities and being able to be a good student and do homework is a constant battle. A great way to handle this is to create a schedule for yourself. Here is how to start. Simply think of all the things you need to accomplish in the week and how you can accomplish them. For example, if you need to be ready at 7:15 in the morning pack your bag the night before so you won’t have to worry about it. Make columns for all the days of the week and write inside what you need to do and check them off as you go through the week.
All the skills for figuring out how to do your chart will simply take time and effort. But you may be thinking…”I have to go to bed at 9:00 and practice ends at 8:30, how will I have enough time to do everything?” or “I don’t even know where to begin!!!” trust me I bet your thinking this. Well don’t! The first situation is very easy. If you know you have to go to bed right when you get home set your alarm early so you have enough time to get everything done in the morning.
Now if you’re having trouble getting started here is my suggestion. For me I have swim practice every night from 5-6:30. My bedtime is 7:30 so I have about 45 minutes to get some things done. I get homework on Monday and it has to be passed in by Friday. So I do some that night and spread it out equally through the week. Every kid is very bright and smart so I’m positive that you can plan accordingly to your schedule. Sometimes it is very stressful having after school activities, but enrolling in after school programs helps me do my best in class.
My parents are always on me about eating healthy and getting a good night sleep so I can succeed in school and my activities. So even if it’s tough continue to eat healthy and get a good night sleep or else you will fall behind in your schedule and such. If you are still a little bit confused as to how to create a schedule look at this example down below. Managing school and activities is also a great life lesson to learn early in life. The more you practice these strategies the more you will become better at them. Here are a few of my tips:
- If you are tired and don’t feel good it’s OK to take a day off from your school activities and just be a kid for a couple of days and hang with your friends.
- Sometimes if you know you need to do things in the morning pack your lunch, bag, and pick out your clothes the night before so you won’t have to worry about it.
- Homework may be getting overwhelming if you have a lot and you are working against the clock so ask your parents to help you! That’s what they are there for.
- SCHOOL COMES BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE!
Remember that everybody is very different. What works for me may not work for you. Figure out what works best whether it’s doing your homework in the morning or doing your homework at night. Once you find the schedule that fits best you will feel great and have less to worry about. Your parents will also be very proud that you put effort and time into creating a good schedule for yourself and that you are maturing into a young adult.