August has arrived! You know what that means, right? Yes, that means we are approaching that one word that ends our summer: school.
Now, now; let’s not get too down, because with school comes the one word which we all love: HOSA!
As we draw nearer to the school year, it is important that you learn and understand how to balance your school life and your HOSA life. Here are some tips:
Tip #1: Create a calendar and write in upcoming events and due dates
When you are aware of due dates and when important events are scheduled, it is easier to plan your extracurricular activities. For example: if you were assigned an important blog to finish by August 1st, and you have it written in your calendar, then you would know to plan your beach day with friends for another day (preferably after the blog is due.) Keeping your calendar handy will help you figure out how much time you have until your project needs to be completed. This is especially important towards the ends of the semester, when finals creep up on you. Knowing when these important tests are scheduled help you plan on how much time you have to study and how much time can be spent working on HOSA service projects and duties. It will help you to plan specific times to work on school tasks and specific times to work on HOSA tasks.
Tip #2: Organize Your Priorities
As the definition states, a priority is “a thing that is regarded as more important than another.” Do what is most important to you first! Getting a more important task done will take a huge weight off of your shoulders, and as a result, will reduce your stress level. If you have a project coming up that is part of your final grade, and a HOSA car wash service project, although you love HOSA, make sure that you keep your grades up, as education is a priority to HOSA. However, it is important to remain an active member of the organization, so check your schedule that you created from Tip #1 for projects that are occurring in your free time!
Tip #3: Don’t Over-Commit Yourself
Putting too much in your schedule gets you a one-way ticket to StressLand! We are all human and can only handle so much. As much as you think you can take on a lot of responsibility, too much will lead to a breakdown. Although there are some individuals who can handle many tasks, generally, when too much is taken on, it is more challenging for you to do each one to the best of your ability. In order to get everything done, usually an adequate job is done on each assignment. To beat this, take on endeavors that you are truly passionate for, such as a chapter office of the organization that you favor most (personally, we hope it’s HOSA!), and do an excellent job in your duties, rather than taking an office in multiple organizations and clubs. Although you may think that multiple leadership positions look good on a resume, you will learn much more if you put your best foot forward in executing your duties. Make sure, even when holding your office (in whichever organization or club), that you don’t take on all of necessary tasks; learn to delegate and spread them out among your fellow officers, and even the rest of the members if need be so that those tasks don’t become a burden to you and you enable others to act!
Tip #4: Focus on what you are doing
This may sound simple, but it is important. Make sure you narrow your sights to your duties and are doing them well. Avoiding distractions like Netflix, your multiple social media pages (yes, we know you have many), and texts from friends will allow you to stay focused and accomplish what needs to be done. For example: if you are attempting to finish your necessary beginning-of-the-year HOSA paperwork, keep your cell phone at least 20.238 feet away. This way, if you hear a notification from your phone, you will be less likely to become distracted, as the walk will turn you away. Of course, this will not work for everybody, but for many, it will help you remain focused on your road.
Tips #5: Plan time to relax and be with friends and family!
With all of your hard work in school and in HOSA, relaxing and strengthening friendships are essential to your health. Taking time to kick back and read a good book or spend a day with friends after your responsibilities are taken care of will help reset your brain for future assignments.
The most important tip to balance your school and HOSA schedules is listed in Tip #1: schedule time for when you are to work on each! Nothing is more calming then knowing that you have time to accomplish everything that you set out to do! This is why making a schedule is super important!
Taking these tips into account as you enter this school year will save you the beginning of school freak outs. Now you know how to make time for your school projects and HOSA projects, as well as making time to relax and spend quality time with your friends and family. Get ready for a HOSA-tastic year!
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