it's that time of the year where people are either just going back to school or have just started to get used to being in school for more than a week. and as time goes on, the workload gets larger, and you begin to feel overwhelmed. you'll often find yourself thinking: i'm not going to be able to do anything other than homework for the rest of my year. believe me, i've been there. somehow, though, i've managed to come up with an effective system to balance school, my social life, sleep, and extracurricular activities. you may think that it's impossible, but i can assure you it's not. i'm the type of person who thrives off of being busy. so, in honor of school going back into session, i decided to write about how i've balanced life & school!

for starters, plan everything out. and when i say everything, i mean everything. from homework due dates to field trips, put it in your planner as soon as you find out about it! if you don't have a planner, consider getting one or using your phone calendar. whatever works best for you! it's important to have every little thing taken into consideration because if you don't, you're likely to forget something small, like getting a syllabus signed ( i only say this because i've done it before... ).

second, prioritize! easier said than done, i know. but hear me out! make a list of everything you need to get done for school in a day, and do the hardest/longest assignments first. but prioritizing goes beyond just which order to do your work in, it also goes for the rest of your life. school should be your number one priority at all times, no matter what else is happening. then, take time to rank the other aspects of your life. for example, my ranking goes like this: school--volleyball--other clubs/extracurriculars--social life--personal events (depending on the event, it could be ranked higher or lower. for example, a concert would be ranked much higher than a trip to a museum)--sleep--personal pleasure (aka watching youtube, netflix, reading, drawing, etc.). find a system that works for what you find most important, and the rest will follow!

next, get everything done when it is assigned to you. this one is hard, especially if you're a procrastinator (like me!). it takes a lot of time to adjust to getting things done right away and not pushing it back until a day before it's due. but, think of it this way: you'll just get more work assigned to you between the day you get it and the due date. it's better to do it then and not have the work pile up. then you'll be much less stressed, and you'll be able to make it how you like it without rushing. this is one of the most important points!

also, find time during the day, if you can, to get work done. i HIGHLY recommend taking a study hall if you are in high school. it's so helpful, but only if you actually use it to get work done. do as much as you can during that time, or right after school even, so that you can have free time later.

lastly, don't cut yourself off from others to get work done. obviously school is the most important thing, as i mentioned earlier. however, that doesn't mean you should isolate yourself in order to make work a priority! you should socialize during the school day as much as possible (at the appropriate times, of course) and on the weekends! just make sure you are not ignoring the workload in order to have a social life. you have to balance the two.

i hope this article helps you if balance is tough for you! hang in there, you'll get through it!