Tips for Parents
Time Management from Different Angles
We're all looking for ways to work smarter and more efficiently. And while time management is often discussed on campus, here are some different angles to help students who may still be struggling in this area...
Beware That Stuff Steals Time
It's so true. When you have too much stuff in your living space, you spend more time looking for things. By doing a "stuff purge," students will be better able to get to things quickly while staying more organized.
Decompress Your Mind
A stressed, overactive mind is not as time efficient as a calm, collected one is. So, whether students use breathing techniques, exercise or other stress management tools, it's important to make them a natural part of their everyday lives. Not only will their time usage be more efficient, their body will be healthier.
Don't Over Schedule
There comes a time in some students' schedules where they just can't fit anything else in. So, learning to say no is important. It's much better to be realistic than trying to be all things to all people. The latter is bound to disappoint someone and to overwhelm your student.
Avoid Weekend Reliance
It's easy to say during the busy weekday, "I'll get to that over the weekend." However, weekends often get full, plus it's important for students to give themselves some down time, too. So, encourage students not to rely on weekends as their time to get most things done. They can dose it out over the weekdays, too, for maximum efficiency.
Random texting, chatting endlessly due to unlimited cell phone minutes, spending hours on video games or Facebook ... all are Time Stealers. Is this how students want to be spending their precious free time? Ask them.
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