- Put your phone in another room
- Turn off social media alerts on your laptop
- Start a timer for your breaks
- Find somewhere to do your homework where the TV and other noise won't distract you
- Get up and move your body in your breaks - don't just switch your computer screen for your phone screen
- Set realistic goals - don't expect to work on your assignment for two hours straight before you take a break
- You can set app limits under settings on your iPhone or use a time management app such as Rescue Time.
We've all sat down to check Instagram for five minutes, or gone to bed and watched "a couple" of youtube videos only to put the phone down an hour later and wonder where that extra 55 minutes went. It can be very frustrating and stressful when you lose track of your break time and end up being time poor for important tasks like getting ready for school or finishing your homework. Here are some tips to prevent wasting time:
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It's easy to spend an hour or more scrolling through social media at bedtime (I know I've done it myself on occasion). Do yourself a favour and use that time to sleep instead - teenagers need between 8 to 10 hours a night!
I used to be scared of asking questions at school in case I looked stupid, but then I would end up looking stupid because I hadn't asked the question. The worst case scenario is that your question is a silly one and someone might giggle or the teacher might grumble. On the other hand, if you ask a question, it shows that you are interested, listening and thinking about the topic. It is also better to ask a question and check that you only have to do questions 3 and 4 for homework, rather than staying silent and doing questions 1-10 because you weren't sure. 99% of the time it's better to ask the question.
This is a good principal for all areas of life, whether you're tackling homework, chores or your to do list. If you put off the hard things you will most likely run out of motivation and possibly time. If you do the hard things first, you will be more likely to have the motivation to keep going through the easier tasks too. Plus you will have the satisfaction of crossing them off your list, rather than the nagging dread that they still need to be done.