It really isn’t all that difficult to make time for hobbies, friends, and other leisure activities while working towards college scholarships. It just takes a little planning. Organized students set aside twenty to thirty minutes during the weekend to plan the week ahead. It doesn’t have to be a complicated process. You don’t need an electronic device, but if you prefer to use one, then that’s fine too.
I find it simple to use a pocket sized weekly planner or print a blank weekly calendar using an online template. Then I write down all my “have to’s”. For students, these would be mostly homework assignments and time to study. But be sure to include time to work on long term school projects, like book reports or term papers. During the week, you’ll need time for day to day assignments, but also for working on those not due for weeks or months.
The next step is to record appointments or after school activities. This might include a dentist appointment, band practice, your little sister’s concert, or other events that have a set time. After all of the activities over which you have little control are scheduled, make a list of the things you really want to do. Some examples could be hanging out with friends, seeing the latest movie, listening to your favorite music group, or the like.
Fit these plans into your schedule being sure they don't interfere with your more significant activities. Always make room for family time. If everyone agrees, a weekly family game night could be fun and help maintain closeness. Be sure to make time each day to do something physical, if not involved in sports or some other energetic interest at school. This will keep your life in balance. You’ll be working towards your goal of winning major scholarships for college, but you’ll also have friends, stay close with your family and remain in great physical shape.
For more information, you’ll want my new book, Free College Awareness, coming soon from Griffin Publishing. How to avoid needing college loans; available soon to families of Pre-K through High School students.
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