Online school is definitely not as fun or easy as in-person school. You’re just staring at a screen for hours on end. It’s hard to know how to manage screen time, breaks, and mealtimes. Here are just a few tips that can help you out a lot.
- Try to schedule breaks around mealtimes. This encourages a regular eating schedule. If you can, have mealtimes be similar those on the weekend. The more regular your eating schedule, the better.
- Your time spent on electronics has probably increased with online school. It’s completely normal, but still try to maintain some balance between exercise, non-electronic activities (such as drawing and reading), and screen time.
- It’s tempting to browse social media or the Internet until midnight, but it’s really not good for you. Blue light from electronics makes you more awake and hurts your eyes.
- Try the 20/20/20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This helps fight eye-related health issues caused by staring at a screen for so long.
- Work to create a social schedule, and meet up in person about once a week.
- Create a calendar with all your life activities. A school-only planner can only get you so far. It’s important to have a place to keep track of everything so you can properly schedule.
- Know when you want to wake up. Maybe you like getting up early to get homework done before your first period of the day. Maybe you prefer leaving only half an hour until then. But as long as you make it to Zoom on time, feel free to experiment with wake-up schedules.
- Once you find a good schedule, try to stick to it. Sleeping and eating at regular times helps improve your mental health and wellbeing.
- Use your planner! It can be hard to keep it up-to-date, but trust me, it helps. This way, you can easily plan out what time you have to start and finish homework to keep a good balance.
- Work to try and estimate how much time things will take. It’s okay if your estimations aren’t perfect, but it can help you manage your time regardless.
Hopefully, this helped you organize your time with online school. It’s hard, but with practice, we’ll all be able to adjust.