Are you a parent who can say, “I taught my kid time management skills”? If so, pat yourself on the back. Most parents, including myself, failed to teach our kids this particular skill. It’s easy to overlook the necessity of time management skills when our students deal with so many other stressors. In all fairness, our kids have a pretty structured schedule throughout junior high, high school and even in after-school activities.
Be that as it may, our students are still required to use time management skills -- even in grade school with tasks such as studying for a test or working on a project. In high school add to that completing college applications before the deadline.
Why is it so important for students to learn time management skills? Because students who have trouble managing time could become procrastinating adults. Speaking of procrastination, let’s talk about that for a bit. Procrastination is an evil beast with superpowers. This beast has the ability to distract and discourage a person from spending time with more important matters in favor of doing something desirable now that's less important.
So what are a few ways we can fight this evil beast procrastination? Glad you asked!
1. Encourage your child to learn at what part of the day they’re at their best? Are they more productive in the morning, mid-day, or evening? Once they’re aware of their high productivity period, they should then dedicate that time to completing the more important tasks.
2. Make a To-Do list by priority/importance. It may sound elementary, but To-Do lists help keep you accountable to the task at hand.
3. We live in a world of technology. Kids have their phones in their hands 24/7. Take advantage of the phone's calendar reminders for upcoming assignments, tests, and project due dates.
Being organized and on track is a common struggle for many people, not just our youth. Teaching them this important skill early will help reduce stress and anxiety while promoting responsibility and independence. Trust me, the need for this skill will be crucial their first year of college without you there to nudge them :-)