Hey pretty faces! So I’m back with my third installment of my “What I Learned in High School” series! Today’s piece of wisdom is: PRIORITIZE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Now, this one will probably sound like a “duh” piece of advice, but in reality, it is actually one that is mostly disregarded by may. Perhaps it is more “taken lightly” than disregarded, depending on the person, but it is true that it is overlooked by students (and adults, alike!).
So what does it mean to prioritize?
Well, in the dictionary, it is defined as, “To organize or deal with something according to its importance.” Seems straight forward enough! Why, though, do we struggle SO much with this seemingly simple task? In my humble opinion, I think that it is because we are blinded by the things we WANT to do, as opposed to the things we NEED to be doing.
For example, I will tell you a little anecdote about how the conflict mentioned above affected me personally in high school. (Don’t judge me!!)
In just about everyone’s most difficult time of high school, the blasted Junior year, I got super addicted to watching my favorite t.v shows. I know that it’s normal to watch one or two hours of t.v a day for the average student, but this was a very unusual habit for me as I rarely ever watched any. Here’s the worst part: These were series that I’d already watched 2 or three times in total. YEP. I know. Even as I was (re)watching them, I knew that I was wasting a bunch of valuable time, but it was the only way I could relieve some of the packed on stress of school and extracurriculars. Although I only watched about an hour a day of said shows, that was one more hour I could have spent doing something more productive. I could have studied a little longer for that chemistry test, I could have practiced a few more lines of music on the violin, or I could have even jumped on the opportunity to have a little more of the very-needed, delicious sleep. Looking back, I really regret not prioritizing better in those situations, especially when I knew I was screwing up. It was a real addiction, but I probably could have asked for help from my parents to keep me on track, I could have even put my phone (on which I watched all the shows) in a drawer and leave it until I was done with everything I needed to do first.
This inability to effectively prioritize might have been one of the reasons why I did not get the grades that I was really hoping for, and when you look back, you will truly, truly regret it, because good grades can equate to tens of thousands of dollars worth of academic scholarships!
I definitely learned my lesson in high school, and I plan on disciplining myself with this further in college, and I hope you all can do so as well whether you’re in college already, or even trying to make new habits in high school!