Time management for high school students is one of the most important life skills that your child needs to master. You can help your child acquire those skills, which he'll use the rest of his life. Here are four successful time management skills that will keep your child organized and balanced:
Tip #1 - Choose the Best Tools
The first step to effective time management for high school students is to choose the best tools. If your high school student is tech savvy, then paper calendars and day planners are not the best tools to use for time management. A personal digital assistant (PDA) would keep them interested in keeping track of their time, because it suits their preference for technology. On the other hand, if your child is an artist and loves working with pencil and paper, then find day planners that have beautiful designs or have a print that matches your child's favorite art or hobby.
Tip #2 - Keep One Book for Assignments
The best way to keep track of all assignments is to write or type them down in one place. High school students who are disorganized when it comes to tracking their assignments loose a tremendous amount of time. The assignment has to be redone because it's done incorrectly, time is spent looking for the assignment or getting instructions all over again, and so on. Teach your child how to excel at project management, and how to keep their assignments in one place. You can show them how to use software, like Microsoft Outlook, or how to write it down in a designated assignment book.
Tip #3 - Write Everything on One To-Do List
Keeping track of personal things to do, along with assignments and work items, may be difficult for your high school students. Add to that business tasks you've assigned them or the tasks associated with running their own business, and you've got a child with many balls to juggle in the air. One strategy that's effective is to keep everything on one to-do list. On the same list, they can categorize items, such as personal or work assignments. If they keep separate lists, they'll often run into conflicts and miss assignments.
Tip #4 - Don't Take on Too Much
You can do a lot to ensure that your child is not taking on more than he can handle. Examine his schedule to see whether it's time to dump some of his extra-curricular activities. If your child is out of the home every night of the week for some activity, then it may be time to make a change. He can free up time to be more effective in accomplishing tasks as well as learn how to live a more balance life.
The best way to teach time management for high school students is to lead by example. Show your high school student how to be effective with time management. Invite him to watch as you schedule your day, or create your calendar alongside him.
Daphne Mallory, Esq. is the co-owner of Mallory Writing Services and has written more than 100 articles helping home based business owners and entrepreneurs start and market their business.