Between your schoolwork and your chores at home, you barely have enough time for other things like sports and your social life.
Now you are planning on making your dreams of becoming a teen model come true.
Not that it’s impossible. No. However, things won’t be easy. Not when you don’t know how to manage your time correctly. To put it succinctly, you cannot afford to waste your time.
Effectively managing your time may seem like a difficult task. And indeed, there is a learning curve, and you might have to make some adjustments to figure out what works for you best. But once you find that sweet spot, you’ll be able to stay on top of your commitments, at home, at school, and your future gigs.
Here are a few tips that you can use to make use of your time better.
Find (and match) your rhythm
Every person has their own rhythm. Some prefer to start early and take things slowly as the day winds down. Others are slow starters and get into their groove as the day progresses.
Before you can manage your time effectively, you have to know and understand your own rhythm. Awareness of this allows you to match your tasks with your schedule better.
Be aware of the time
Time management is not only about breaking down all the stuff you need to do into smaller chunks. Equally important is your awareness of the time it takes to accomplish each of the tasks on your to-do list.
At first, observe how much time it takes you to finish each of your tasks. From there, you can make the necessary adjustments and even shorten the time you allot for each.
Plan for the whole week
Unlike other teens, you have a lot on your plate, and you cannot attack each task at a sluggish space. Nope. You must do all of the tasks with a sense of urgency.
But you can only do that when you map out what you need to do on a weekly basis. Start by designating a day just for planning the week ahead. Weekends are the best.
In mapping out your activities for the week, divide these into three categories. Start with the tasks that you need to complete for the week, like projects that you may need to turn in for the following weeks. Next, identify those that are important, but you can set aside for later. The final category will include things that you want to do, like watching a movie or spending a few more hours in bed.
Break tasks into smaller chunks
Complex tasks can be intimidating. And when you’re intimidated, the more likely that you are going to put off doing those tasks.
Make things easier for you to manage by breaking big tasks into smaller, manageable pieces. This will allow you to make progress, even slowly — which is better than doing nothing.
Take advantage of technology
But don’t let it overrun your day.
One particular app that is useful for busy teens is the calendar app. As you map out your week, input all of the tasks you wish to accomplish into the app, putting high priority matters early in the week. You can then set alerts as reminders for yourself.
But too much of a good thing can be bad for you as well. As with most things, there should be a proper time for everything, including fiddling with your phone. Otherwise, if you mindlessly cling on to your gadget, it becomes easier for you to lose track of time.
Keep yourself organized
It’s not just a matter of managing your time effectively. Equally important is having a place for everything, from your school supplies to your outfits.
Organizing your stuff will help you make efficient use of your time instead of wasting it looking for the things that you need.
Don’t hesitate to ask for help
When things seem to get overwhelming, do not wait until things start to go awry before you ask for help. Nobody will blame you if you ask for some assistance from time to time. The people around you, from your parents and teachers to the people at your talent agency, all want to see you become successful.
Adam Jacobs is the Managing Director of Bubblegum Casting, the longest running agency specialising in babies, children and teen talent in Australia. Bubblegum Casting works with some of Australia’s biggest brands, media properties and agencies to secure talented children to work in Television, Film and Modelling roles.