Work Smarter Not Harder

  Time is the only thing in life that cannot be recovered. Reading this past sentence maybe took you 2 seconds that you will never be able to bring back. It’s gone forever. This is why people need to learn how to manage their time wisely in order to get all their work/chores done. For example which one will be more effective, studying 1 hour per day (starting on Monday) for an exam on Friday, or start studying on Thursday afternoon and stay up until early Friday morning. It is not worth it to stay up all night studying  for two main reasons. First of all, you will be so worn out for the test, that you may fall asleep or not have sufficient energy to perform well. Secondly, you will retain less information. Trying to push as much information as you can into your brain the night before will only make you come up with new questions and end up more confused then when you started. Therefore it is preferable to work smarter than harder throughout the development of a plan for a daily routine.

   Don’t wait until the last minute to write an essay, complete an assignment, or study for a test. Break up large projects into little pieces and focus on one per day. In other words work on small chunks of the assignment each day for a given time. In many cases, pressure and lack of time are what makes a project look sloppy. It is not the teacher or your mom who are affected by this, but you. You end up regretting and nagging yourself about thinking how you could have done better. In fact, you could have done better, it was just a lack of organization. 

   When a large amount of homework is given the first thing one must do is to determine which ones are the ones that will take more time to accomplish. Once you have labeled the level of difficulty of your h.w, it is recommended to start with the easiest ones. This will allow you to finish them fast and dedicate more time to the big projects or difficult assignments. However, the key to execute better in any assignment is to pay attention to the material covered in class. This does not mean that you are a “nerd”. In fact, paying attention in class saves you the time many would spend asking themselves or some friends what the teacher talking about. Paying attention in class, and starting with the assignment that you feel more comfortable with, will save you time that could be spent in activities that you enjoy such as playing sports, music, dancing, and drawing.

 You can be a successful student if you learn how to organize your time. Breaking down a project into different parts will help you to get the assignment done and not be stressed about it. Also, knowing which assignment to start first will greatly help you to save time and spend it on the activities you love. 

Estefania Orihuela

My name is Estefania. I am a senior who loves the color turquoise. I am from Bolivia. My favorite food is barbecue. A word that would describe me would be extroverted.

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