How to Manage a Jam-Packed School Year

Anton Pieniazek | Manzano DECA
Photo courtesy of @lymanhsdeca on Instagram.

Many people will agree with me that most DECA members also participate in other extra and co-curricular activities, and life can get a bit crazy with so many commitments!

I know from personal experience that my first year in high school was a busy one. I participated in a rigorous English Honors Class, was a cross country and track athlete, and of course, had DECA to manage as well.

So, how do you manage such a crazy and sometimes stressful lifestyle? Well, here are a few tips that I think could help you.

1. Find an activity that is not extra-curricular or co-curricular that relaxes you and that you enjoy. This is obviously going to differ from person to person, but sometimes it can be listening to music, watching a movie, reading a book, or even coloring a little bit.

2. Try to get as much sleep as possible. An ideal amount of sleep is 7-8 hours a night, which can mean going to bed earlier. You’d be surprised how refreshed you can feel at 5:30 in the morning if you don’t stay up until 2 or 3 AM the night before. Give your brain enough time to reset itself while you sleep and you’ll be able to conquer the next day like a pro!

3. Balance both your academic and personal life. What I mean by that is to set a time when you are done with everything related to school or work for the day. Try to make it so that you can get a lot done during the time you are focusing on school and clubs but still have enough personal time to relax and forget about everything for a bit.

I hope that this helps you with the upcoming school year if you are going to have a crazy schedule during the school year. I know that this helped me last year and I hope it helps you too!

This article was written by Manzano DECA Vice President of Finance, Anton Pieniazek. You can follow Anton on Twitter @anton_pieniazek.