March 13th, 2013

Prioritize and Organize

Hi guys! Boy, have I been keeping myself busy. On March 1st, the Wa-Hi Wind Ensemble took a trip to the annual Central Washington University Wind Festival, and we have another trip coming up soon as well. Tennis also began recently, and it’s great being able to get out and practice again. I’m having a blast, and I’m sure we’ll have another awesome team this year. However, between band, tennis, studying for classes, and other assorted activities, I’ve been having some pretty packed days. Sometimes it’s hard keeping up with all of my schoolwork, with both long- and short-term assignments piling up. However, with a few easy steps, I’ve mostly fixed my issues with organization, balancing my workload between extracurricular activities and academics.

The first thing I did was to actually start using my day planner. Wa-Hi provided each student with a day planner at the beginning of the year, and I never really paid mine any attention. However, with so much on my plate right now, the ability to track daily work means that the day planner has provided immeasurable amounts of support for staying organized. I’ve also been working on prioritizing assignments based on due date, meaning that I’ve been able to focus on more immediately pressing assignments rather than focusing all of my attention on one big assignment and messing up on some of the smaller ones. In the end, however, one of the handiest things that I have done is to simply remind myself that academics always come first. Even if homework isn’t the most fun thing to do, it’s important to always be on top of things.

Also, with the ACT coming up on the 19th, I’ve started my process of preparing. I’ve gone through a few review tutorials online, and I’ve been regularly checking the ACT Question of the Day to get an idea of what the test questions will be like. I’ll probably dive further into preparing for the exam soon with a review book or two. I sure hope this goes well!