Time Management

Targeted StrategiewThis is one of the many important lessons that successful people learn in life – and the sooner, the better. Time management is one of those lessons that, if learned early enough, will not only serve your child well in high school but in college and beyond. Managing time wisely can come easily to some but not to others. There are some things that your child can learn during high school that will help to maximize time and also make the most of it.

 

1.     Know your distractions – Everyone has his or her weak spot. It may be social media. It may be a favorite show. It may be games. Regardless of what it is, it should be identified and managed (or even minimized, as the case may be). That means making sure that when it comes time to work that all of those distractions are not in the vicinity or turned off or whatever needs to be done that will allow you to focus.

2.     Make daily “To-Do” list – It can be really difficult to keep track of all of the things that need to be accomplished every day. Taking the time to ponder and write down what all of the day’s tasks are can make it much easier to get them done. It’s also incredibly satisfying to cross those tasks off one by one! Learn to write down the most important and critical tasks first and work hard to accomplish those before anything else.

Multi-task3.     Multi-task – We are fortunate to live in a time when it’s become much easier to multi-task. If one can listen to a podcast, lecture or whatever while running errands or doing something else, it allows the opportunity to cross that item off of the list. It’s also the best way to make use of time when waiting with nothing else to do such as doctor’s appointments, waiting for transportation, etc.

4.     Set boundaries – Time is our most important resource. While it can be very rewarding to help other people or do something fun, sometimes we just have to be able to say ‘no.’ This can be hard for some young people to learn, when they are trying to make friends, impress professors, etc.  When important exams are coming up or there are projects to finish, the most pressing thing is to focus on them. Students need to have the discipline to tell friends and peers that they are not available.

5.     Know yourself – Not everyone is a morning person. And, not everyone is a night owl. Each individual will come to know which time of day is best for productivity, and allows for thinking clearly and getting the most done. Students can figure out which time that is and focus energy on accomplishing academic (and other) goals during that time.

6.     Dedicate study time – This is absolutely key.  Setting aside time each day to focus only on schoolwork is one of the most important things that can lead to academic success. One of the best strategies is for students to treat college like a full time job, attending class and completing studies during the standard workday (8-to-5, or something similar).  Students who manage to do this diligently are able to free up their evenings for other activities while still achieving great grades.

7.     Have fun – After consistently reaching the goal of studying diligently during study time, it is also important to then do something fun afterwards! There’s nothing like working hard and then afterwards playing hard.  Both the body and mind need to be rejuvenated and that can only come during some well-planned (and utilized) downtime.

8.     Get proper rest – When students are young, some may think that burning the candle at both ends is necessary in order to get everything accomplished. This method will make people burn out fast, however, and will make students less effective. Make sure students learn to take care of themselves, and get the proper rest needed for the body and brain to function optimally.

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