Helping Kids Be Good Time Managers

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It seems like just yesterday we toasted the new millennium, but here we are, about to say good-bye to 2015. Sure, it’s a cliché phrase, but time really does fly by.

Whether time flies or moves at glacial speed, we still have 24 hours in a day, seven days in a week, and no choice in the matter. We use it or lose it. And, because time is one of our most prized possessions, we need to use it wisely.

In today’s fast-paced culture, this is a lesson we badly need to impart to our children. Here are a few ideas to model by example for them:

  • Treat your time as a precious asset with limited capacity.
  • Organize a to-do list by urgency (deadline) and priority (importance). Take both into account when deciding what to focus on each day.
  • “Block” your time (group it in 30-60 minute intervals without interruption) in order to complete your priority assignments.
  • Don’t let interruptions destroy your productivity. Always saying “yes” is not necessarily a good thing!
  • Learn to multi-task lower priority responsibilities. For example, I rarely watch television without doing something else like reading the newspaper or responding to emails.
  • Keep cell phones elsewhere when you need focused time. The temptation to answer calls and texts is a major distraction.
  • Find your best venue for focused work. Is it your home office? A coffee shop? Library? Your patio?
  • Take periodic breaks. Studies show we’re less productive when we work over an hour straight without a five-minute break.
  • Respect and honor the time of others by being punctual.
  • Always remember that you can’t recover the time you waste!

Do you view time as a precious asset and focus on your most important priorities?

Dennis Trittin is President and CEO of LifeSmart Publishing, author of What I Wish I Knew at 18: Life Lessons for the Road Ahead and co-author of Parenting for the Launch: Raising Teens to Succeed in the Real World. With world-class leadership experience, passionate advocacy for the next generation, and acclaimed resources and speaking engagements on the topics of leadership, life skills, and parenting, Dennis inspires and equips young people and those who guide them.  You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter!

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