When I was in high school, my drum teacher urged me to create a schedule for daily activities after school. He felt it would help me fit in time to practice every day. Writing out a schedule seemed overly practical and unnecessary, but it proved to be a great tool and remains one I still use today.
I think that writing things down is essential to time management and setting priorities. For one, it gets you thinking about what is important to you. As a writer, I’m always struggling to find time to get work done. For me, I firmly believe that reading and writing every day is essential. Since I am typically working on multiple projects at a time, scheduling out time to work on each helps me get things done. I also find that it helps me stay focused. Without proper planning, time can be easily wasted – When I have things scheduled out, my plans are always on my mind. Now, with the short amount of time I have at home before dinner, typically a half hour, I can get started on whatever it is that I’m working on.
As a high school student, your schedule is typically pretty crowded. You only have so much time after school each day. My advice would be to create a list. Write down the things you need to get done every day. Eat, sleep, do homework, etc. Then write a list of things you would like to get done. This will be your first opportunity to set some priorities.
Once you’ve done this, try making a schedule. Keep in mind that it doesn’t all have to be work. Scheduling can help you make time to watch your favorite TV show or play your favorite video game.
In doing so, hopefully some of your goals will become habitual. This will help increase your productivity in no time.