Time management for school children
What is time management?
Translated from English, it means the art of time management.
It is not enough to be able to manage time. It is important that your actions are effective.
Thanks to time management, you can learn to use your time wisely and work more productively.
Time distribution and what does it have to do with school children
Anyone needs to learn how to plan their time. You need to learn time management. Just take it for granted. Why? It’s very simple.
The human brain is so designed that if we just “keep in mind” the right things, some of them we transfer to later. We forget about some things. If everything is scheduled specifically for items, then it is more difficult to forget or move the task to another day.
By the way, about specifics-this is important. If your plan says “get out of the house” – the brain does not understand what exactly they want from it. Wipe the dust, to vacuum, to wash my clothes?
One of the main rules, in addition to having a plan, is specificity.
Why do students need to learn how to manage time?
We all understand that most students, in addition to actually attending school, have a lot of things that they need to do in a day. Homework, clubs. In middle and high school, exam preparation is added…
There is so much to do, and it needs to be done in less than 24 hours – you can’t forget about sleep either.
Therefore, without a clear plan and a certain sequence of actions – nowhere!
Tips for planning your day for school children
Here are 10 tips for planning. Let’s make a plan for the week.
First, write all the things that need to be done
Write down the type of work (study, home help, etc .)
Select the deadline for completing the work
Estimate how long it will take to complete this work
Now divide the sheet into 7 parts – these are the days of the week. We will distribute cases by day.
First, mark the strict schedule – school, visiting clubs – that is, things that need to be completed within a certain time frame.
In the plan for every day, you will not forget about the time to rest and sleep – to schedule all things for 22 hours out of 24 a day is a bad idea
Keep in mind that some things may take longer than you expected. Your plan should have several gaps in case of such situations
Next, we place the plan in a prominent place and act. Check your to-do list as you go through it, and see if you are making effective progress.
If you realize that you have done very little in half a day or a day, you should highlight the reasons for this and rearrange your schedule
Listen to your body. Recycling won’t make you more productive. If you feel that you can not continue working because of severe fatigue, it is better to rest.
Parents ‘ help in organizing time
Plan your day more or less competently, teenagers are already in principle able to. Although not always.
And what to do with younger children, who also need to plan their day.
I would like to note that here we are talking about children who are already studying and trying to manage their free time. That’s where you need to start.
In order for a child to learn time planning, that is, to master the art of time management, they must do it themselves.
Effective assistance to school children. We learn to manage time.
Make a weekly schedule together-parent for themselves, child for themselves. When this is shared together, teenagers clearly see that planning is just as important for mom and dad.
Make a schedule for the day, also together. Make sure that the child’s schedule includes clubs, homework, watching cartoons and games – all the things they want to do
Set an example
The child should see that planning is important to You. Show him your diary filled with plans, explain how you use your knowledge of time management and so you can do much more
In this case, the reward system works well. You can agree that for a certain number of completed tasks, he gets a surprise. You can come up with a kind of game where the number of “ticks”, that is, completed tasks, increases for each level.
Help your child complete complex tasks
They are called “frogs”. Explain that it is better to perform” frogs ” as early as possible in the afternoon, so that in the late afternoon there are easy and pleasant tasks. This is much more productive. If the task seems impossible to the child, specify how You can help and help.
Answer a few questions on the test and find out how well your child can manage their time!
Time management exercises
These exercises are mainly about setting goals and setting priorities. Because when planning time, it is worth starting with this.
Important-urgent: remove unnecessary items
Urgent Important.What you need to do right now is the deadline has already arrived.
Example-submit your abstract tomorrow
Recommendation-it is better to keep it empty, because there will always be some unexpected urgent business in your life.
What needs to be done, but there is enough time for it.
Example – you need to submit your abstract in a month
Recommendation-all important things to do to achieve your goals should be kept here.
What you need to do now doesn’t advance you toward your goal, but you will have to do it.
Example – you didn’t plan a walk with your dog. And she really needs to go outside right now.
Recommendation – you should also keep it empty, it’s better to plan things. Strange, but the cases in this column will still appear during the day.
Not urgent not Important
What to do is not really necessary at all, in fact, not your business.
Example-viewing a so-so program on TV, etc
Recommendation-when you have a new case, you should check whether it gets here. If so, then you should delete it from the schedule, do not waste time on it at all.
An important point-rest is an IMPORTANT thing. It doesn’t belong in this column.
The point of this method is to imagine that you were given $ 86,400. They can only be spent on various activities: dance classes, foreign language lessons, or working on a personal project. At the end of the day, this money is debited regardless of what you spent it on, so you can’t save it. You need to think about what you would spend this money on and write it down. This is not really about money. Every day we get 86,400 seconds on our account absolutely free of charge, which we can spend on anything. Compare how you spend your precious seconds with how you would spend virtual dollars from an exercise. And think about where you can invest the seconds available to you now, which can not be postponed “for later”. In the future, they will either bring you some benefit, or not – everything is up to you.
Setting goals in time management is also quite important. After all, how can you plan your time without realizing why you need it? This method – SMART-helps you determine your goals. Each letter is interpreted as follows:
S-specific-the goal must be specific
M-measurable-the goal must be measurable
A-achievable-the goal must be achievable
R-relevant-the goal must be consistent with other goals
T-timed-the goal must be limited in time
That is: you must understand a clear goal. For example, cleaning the house, which we have already discussed. Then it is important to be aware of how it becomes clear that you have achieved this goal. Moreover, the goal should not be sky-high and impossible. And when setting a task, you should take into account that one goal cannot contradict another. You should know exactly what time it should be completed. Otherwise, achieving the goal may take a long time.
In our time management training sessions with teenagers at the C. O. T. center, we often use the “wish Performer” exercise. It helps you understand how important it is to set goals clearly. Think about how differently the wish “I want a dog…” can be fulfilled?
These are also difficult tasks – only the first stage. Behind the allocation of important tasks and setting goals is a competent schedule of teenagers.
The goal planning exercise is pizza.
We eat pizza in chunks.
Why: to achieve average goals, which can be divided into stages. In this technique, there is no strict dependence on the sequence of stages.
Example: General cleaning of the house, doing homework on various subjects, and so on.
Description of the technique: you need to draw a pizza and sign its name – this is a goal, or a big thing to do.
Then you need to divide it into pieces. Sign each piece and determine the result – how you can understand that the piece is eaten, and the job is done.
Example: in order to clean the house, you need to wipe the dust, disassemble things in the closet, wash the floors, wipe the Windows.
Achieving small goals-stages should be as simple and clear as possible
Usually pizza is a medium-sized business, which in several stages is fashionable to handle yourself. Of course, you can share pizza, that is, ask for help. But this is not necessary.
Try performing these exercises with a teenager. They are not simple, they are very important. Even adults sometimes find it difficult to set priorities correctly. If you don’t use time management, time can literally run away to nowhere. And the person will not achieve the desired goal.
How can a student learn to manage time?
This is one of the most important skills to use every day.
This is especially true for students who are just learning to plan their lives.
Thanks to time management, you can organize yourself well. Productivity increases, the quality of life changes for the better!