Time management–is there really such a thing? Can we manage time or do we need to manage ourselves with the time that we have?
Understanding time and our ability to make the most of our best hours is still something we struggle with as adults. It should comes as no surprise to us then that kids might find it challenging as well.
Check out these great Organizational Books for Students! They are packed with excellent strategies and ideas for helping kids get organized.
In the meantime, here are a just few tips to help your kids make better use of their time:
1. Have a plan and routine that works for them not just you.
Understanding your child’s learning style and best hours of the day will help you as you think through a plan and make the most of the hours between afterschool and bedtime.
2. Help them see the big picture and then break things down into manageable chunks.
Whether doing homework, working on a project or cleaning their rooms, kids can feel overwhelmed by the size of the project and the time left on the clock to complete it.
Breaking it down into smaller, more manageable tasks makes it seem like something it’s something they can accomplish.
3. Encourage them to make a checklist and cross things off as they go so they can see the progress being made.
Teaching kids to make lists is an essential tool they’ll use throughout life.
Teaching them to prioritize the list is even better so that they can get the tough stuff out of the way first!
4. Use a timer.
I have to admit that I find this to be one of my most helpful little tools. I set the timer for 30 minutes and then do my best to beat the clock!
- I have found this to be so helpful for kids to see that they can actually get things done before the timer goes off.
5. Make them a part of a solution.
Even young children love when their opinion counts. “What do you think?” It’s a great question to ask kids because then they can come up with the how and the why and learn to decide on a plan of action and a strategy.
They say that time stand still for no one. I think that’s fairly accurate, at least the last time I checked my watch. Teaching our kids the value of time–their time–and how they use it will help them to make the most of it while at school and later when they have to make those choices on their own–time.
Remember to take a look at these Organizational Books for Students? And don’t hesitate to give us a call if we can be of assistance.