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3 Tips To Help Teens Get More Done

Sponge Time

We all get the same 24 hours in a day. Many teens waste a lot of that time. Soak up the extra time around you.  When I was a senior in high school, I almost never took work home! I used some of these techniques to get ALL MY HOMEWORK done at school.

  • Use time riding in a car to study, write, text, email, or even practice an instrument like guitar (I wouldn’t try practicing a wind instrument in a vehicle).
  • When you arrive early to school, use that time to study rather than just “hanging out.” It’s ok to hang out, just be more deliberate with doing that.
  • If you get 40 minutes for lunch, you can eat lunch and socialize for 20 minutes and spend 20 minutes studying or practicing.
  • In most classes, you have a few minutes at the start and end of class. Use that time to get some homework done, make an outline or something.

Television & Movies

TV is a big timewaster.  Am I saying TV is completely bad? No, I watch some TV. It is just easy for TV to distract you from your goals. The average American spends 35+ hours a week watching tv! 

Speaking of goals, writing down long and short-term goals has been proven to help you accomplish more.

Multi-tasking is a myth

Studies have shown that when you switch from one task to another, it takes you 20 minutes or more to get back on task. Multi-tasking is a myth. Set aside time – maybe 45-60 minutes – to get work done. Turn off the TV, the phone, log out of Facebook and spend that time wisely. Then, take a break and text, Facebook, etc. After your break, turn those things off again. 

Not only will you get more done, but when you are texting or talking, you will be more focused on the person you’re talking to, which will improve your relationships.



James Divine is a music teacher who has been a student of leadership, productivity and timesaving strategies since he was a teenager. With God’s help, he teaches full time, makes his family a priority, exercises, reads a book a week, performs, records and speaks. 

It’s not about how much time you have, but about how you use the time God has given you. Find out more about James at





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