How Do You Juggle It All?

Olivia Toles | Blue Valley DECA & Spirit Box
Photo courtesy of @lambertdeca17 on Instagram.

High school can be a stressful juggling act for many students. Between school, clubs, sports, activities, community service, jobs, social events, family time– and don’t forget your homework – your schedule can fill up pretty quickly.

As you continue through high school, it feels like more and more things get added to your plate, like college applications, AP classes, leadership positions.

So, how do you juggle it all?

One thing that changed the way I spent my time was by changing the way I looked at my tasks. Instead of saying, “I don’t have time,” I started saying, “I’m not making this a priority.”

You may not need to change it in conversation– I wouldn’t suggest telling this to your mom when she says to clean your room– but it’s a great way to mentally check yourself. It puts your priorities in perspective and makes you consider what’s important. For me personally, it makes the decision whether to work on my college essays on Saturday a lot easier.

Even once you change your perspective though, prioritizing can still be difficult. It’s hard to go through copious amounts of scheduling only to realize you have thirty minutes left to do your biology homework. This is when you get down to what your goals are. Why are you doing what you’re doing? You may not enjoy stats homework, but you also may need to pass the class to graduate. The goal is graduation, a step along the way is homework.

In essence there’s little you can do to completely stop stressing about everything you have to juggle, lest you just take things off your plate. You can, however, deal with it a lot better by understanding why you’re doing what you’re doing.

It’s easy to forget; you get so busy and all of a sudden you’re too busy to even sit down and think about it. My suggestion is to take 10 minutes every week to set your intentions and remind yourself of the long term goal and perspective you’re entering the week with. Juggling is a lot easier when you know what you’re doing.

This article was written by Spirit Box Intern & Community Manager and Blue Valley DECA member, Olivia Toles. You can follow Spirit Box on Twitter @spiritboxnation and Olivia @olivia_toles.

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