When Weekends Become the “Catch-Up” Days of the Week…

Good morning everyone!

Lately I’ve been noticing that when my work piles up during the week, I can only make a small dent in it each night. I have cheer pretty much everyday, and usually a couple days a week I have some other extracurricular/commitment after cheer. I get home anywhere from 5-9pm, and I’ve usually barely started on homework. Sleep is very important to me, so I don’t stay up into the wee hours of the night to get my work done- I simply do whatever I need to do (assignments with concrete due dates, studying for a test the next day) and kind of let the rest slide.

It’s not that I necessarily procrastinate, it’s just my weird way of prioritizing sleep/certain things; the one downside is it creates this frantic game of catch-up. Most of this extra work and studying in advance that I simply don’t have much time to do on weeknights gets pushed aside until the weekends, when I’m suddenly faced with an unrealistic amount of tasks. Friday nights I usually have cheer as well, or I use that night as my time to spend with friends, so I only have Saturday and Sunday to prepare myself for the following week, finish up work from the previous week, do volunteer work/other extracurriculars/fun stuff, and attempt to relax.

Needless to say, that usually doesn’t all get done. I usually make a long to-do list every weekend, and somehow it seems that less and less gets accomplished every week. I’m still getting done everything that I need to and I’m not exactly behind, but it feels like I’m spending every moment working on something and trying to catch up with the ideas of what I want to be doing.

As I write this, it’s a Saturday night. My bed is littered with English reading assignments, my AP Euro notes and study guide, my two-page to-do list, my weekly planner, and my math spiral notebook. I’ve done my homework for three out of six classes so far, but I still have to finish the rest, clean, organize my cheer bag with all my practice wear for the week, schedule a couple appointments, and do some extracurricular-related stuff. Plus, I wanted to work on a writing piece for my school’s Reflections competition, do some volunteering, and start researching summer programs. I haven’t had much time to write lately beyond updating this blog- another thing I do on the weekends.

Maybe I just need better time-management and blocking off chunks of time to really grind and get certain tasks done, or maybe I need to hold myself accountable for getting more work done during the week. I don’t know the answers- I’m still trying to figure things out. It’s a weird thing because certain days I’m super overwhelmed, and some days I’m not; I’m honestly more overwhelmed on the weekends than school days because the strict schedule and rhythm of school days keeps me in line. My free-form style of just setting goals and trying to get all of these things done on the weekends is daunting and always leaves me frazzled.

I know this isn’t the type of school post I would normally write, but I love to be honest and share my opinions. We all have our struggles, and time management can be a huge one. I’m really trying to determine what works best for me, and I’ll let you guys know when I do!

-Brooke

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