Tips for Parents
Tick Tock! 12 Ways Your Student Can Beat the Clock
February is Time Management Month. Here are 12 time management tips you can share with your student:
- Write Things Down. You have far too much going on to remember everything you have to do. Use a planner or notebook to keep track of assignments, engagements and other goings on.
- Set Realistic "To Do" Lists. Maintain realistic goals and you won't be disappointed when you don't finish everything.
- Control Your Surroundings. You can't control the noise throughout your house, but you can control where you set yourself up to concentrate on a task. Don't waste time getting frustrated. Instead, do whatever you can do to stay on task.
- Get the Tough Stuff Done First. You'll get more done in the long run if you do the stuff that requires more of your mental energy first. Plus, you'll spend your day less stressed.
- Do One Thing at a Time. Multitasking isn't all it's cracked up to be — in fact, multitasking can actually make things take longer.
- Break Big Tasks Up into Smaller Tasks. Don't let yourself get overwhelmed with big projects. Break them up into smaller tasks and tackle a piece each day. You'll feel productive and confident.
- Don't Wait Until the Last Minute. You never know what might crop up. Nothing is more stressful than cramming.
- Motivate Yourself with Rewards. Halfway through a project? Head out to grab a quick cup of coffee or go for a 20-minute workout. Using things you like as rewards will keep you motivated during the long hours — and will likely help you speed up your work.
- Remember That All of Your Time is Equally Important. Go, go, go. That's what life is all about, right? It doesn't have to be. Hanging out and relaxing are just as important as completing a task. Balance is where it's at.
- Use Your Time Wisely. Procrastinating isn't a good idea. Get the tasks you need to done — without wasting time — and then you'll have more time to do the things you enjoy!
- Give Yourself Some Leeway. Someone will always need your help just when you have something else to do. Make sure you maintain some flexibility in your schedule to accommodate these interruptions.
- Don't Forget about Sleep. It can't be said enough: sleep is incredibly important. If you don't get enough, everything will suffer.
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