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In the grand scheme of things, every hour is but another hour. Imagine, though, what you might accomplish in your finest hour. Any hour can be your best if you apply our 12 Days of Time Management for Teens:   Only Think When Necessary Have you ever felt so brain-dead that you wanted nothing more than to collapse on a couch and watch your favorite movie? Do you feel that way every day? Maybe you’re thinking too much! Cognition and mental processing are ultimately physical functions. Pushing too hard physically exhausts a person. If you’ve ever taken a really long standardized test, you know how draining that experience can be as well. When you take the time to think about it (not too hard though), our brains are greedy. Though they account for less that 2% of our mass, brains consume far more energy than any other organ, just about…

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Author Gordon Livingston has observed that only bad things happen quickly: “…Virtually all the happiness-producing processes in our lives take time, usually a long time.” Take your time, but manage it well with our 12 Days of Time Management for Teens:   Just Start How many great works have died on the vine, never to be culminated or appreciated, due to a failure to launch? We’ve all been guilty of the crime of inaction, endlessly thinking and over-thinking a situation so that no decision is made or action taken. Failure stings, but this phenomenon, known as option paralysis or analysis paralysis, is far worse than that because at least failure teaches us something. Doing nothing teaches nothing (except maybe to actually make a decision next time!) The motto of those who burn to get things done in the 21st century is, “Work iteratively.” In essence, this approach demands that you…

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“I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.” If you’re not sure what Shakespeare meant by that portentious verse, you’re probably managing your time well. Keep up the good work with our 12 Days of Time Management for Teens:   You Can Have It All The modern college-bound high school student shares the plight of the 21st century workforce: much more to do and less time to do it. Seriously, the productivity of your average teenager, at least in terms of information processing and creation, puts most generations of humanity to shame. However, the crush of academic, extracurricular, and social commitments can often feel too much to bear. Some students are adept at juggling competing priorities, whereas others feel their only choice is to cut certain activities out of their lives. All too often, I’ve seen high schoolers abandon the sports or clubs that mean the most to them…

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Time and money are a lot alike. After all, both can be spent, invested, and even squandered. But while you can always earn more money, you can never earn more time. Spend wisely using our 12 Days of Time Management for Teens:   Create a Routine Who knew that circadian rhythms were so powerful? Most people understand how our natural rhythms control our sleep cycles, determining not just when we awaken each day but also when we feel most alert and productive. But circadian rhythms also exert influence on our biological functions, behavior, and even mood. Unfortunately for teens, the change in circadian rhythms triggered by puberty knocks them out of sync with most high schools: school starts really early but teens want to stay up really late. See the problem? If you’re committed to making the most of your time, you must create a routine and stick to it.…

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Oprah Winfrey famously said, “You can have it all. Just not all at once.” You may be able to do it all as well, but again, not all at once. Just use our 12 Days of Time Management for Teens:   Single-thread Our brains are wondrous machines, capable of phenomenal feats of cognition, recognition, and synthesis. Yet, our wetware lacks some standard features found in modern hardware. Your computer, tablet, or even phone might be able to run multiple processes in parallel without loss of function, but you probably cannot. Obviously, we unconsciously regulate a slew of autonomic functions while processing and filtering a flood of sensory data. But as far as tasks that require focus are concerned, we run on single-processors. In computer programming parlance, single-threading is the processing of one command at a time. Embrace the concept of single-threading rather than multitasking. Multitasking makes us a little dumber…

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Let’s be honest: most of our productivity issues can be linked to mismanagement of time. If you want to do your best in school, sports, tests, art, or anything else, you need to manage your scarce seconds, minutes, hours, and days like a boss. Take some tips from our 12 Days of Time Management for Teens:   Work your Flow Our previous recommendation to plan your days as if you’ll need more time to accomplish each task assumes average productivity. In fact, a smart schedule allows for occasional substandard performances, sanity breaks, and general lollygagging. But every once in while, lightning strikes and suddenly our best work emerges effortlessly… and quickly. Imagine work, meaning everything you are responsible for in a given day, as a river. We float downstream at our usual pace, speeding up and slowing down depending on what currents we catch. Sometimes all we can do is…

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