The Art of Scheduling

As a high schooler in the International Baccalaureate Program, I know exactly what it's like to fall asleep late doing homework. Looking back on your day, you wonder where it all went, and how it went by so quickly. Lately though, I''ve developed a method of organizing my time in order to take advantage of every minute in my after school day. 

Take a piece of paper and write down everything you do during the day. Say you have Band Practice right after school but the teacher gives everyone ten minutes to set up. You might take five of those ten minutes to set up and then have five minutes left over, which you probably just spend talking to the person next to you or sitting and waiting. Five minutes doesnt seem like all that much, but say you had a worksheet that takes twenty minutes to complete. You would only need four five minute  increments to finish it. It's sort of like micro-scheduling. I carry a clipboard with me after school with a compartment to store my homework, so whenever I have a couple minutes on my schedule in which I'm not doing anything, I have my homework and a pencil at my hand at all times to take advantage of the time. 

This is an example of my after-school schedule for Thursday:

3:50-4:00- Get everything out of my locker and walk to the fine arts building

4:00-5:30- Theater

5:30-5:40- Wait for my ride home (Do some homework)

5:40-6:00- Driving home (Do homework)

6:00-6:30- practice piano

6:30-7:00- Drive to singing lessons (do homework)

7:00-8:00- singing lessons

8:00-8:30- Drive back home (Homework)

8:30-8:36- Warm some food up in the microwave (Do some homework)

8:36-8:50- eat dinner

8:50-9:00- put on pajamas

9:00-10:00- finish homework


Before 9:00, I've managed to fit in 1 and 1/2 hours of homework into my schedule, and even though your schedule may be different from mine, there's always time in your day for a little work here and there. The only problem with micro-scheduling is that your day can easily shift. Say you had to go the bathroom (As most people tend to have to do) during one of your five minute increments. Either way, planning out everything you do in your day helps you to not get distracted and spend time doing things you don't necessarily need to do, as well as fit things in better. If time management is one of your problems, scheduling should definitely taken into consideration. Good luck!