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Back to School Organizing Tips for “All” Students

Although school has just started, the yelling has started already . “I can’t find my homework!” Now, the reality of having to take care of a household and going back to college has set in. “How am I going to prepare dinner for my family and complete my class assignments?” “How am I going to complete my project at work and my college class project that due at the same time?”

School assignments have a way of disappearing between bedtime and the next morning. Textbooks get lost in your child’s messy clutter.  If you have a child in grade school or high school, school items can be designated to specific spaces such as a  desk, dresser, or  bookshelf. You may have been out of high school for a while now. However, you’re attending college to obtain a degree, complete a degree or change your career path since the economy has been in a downward turn.  As a non-traditional student, time management is very important. You’re probably juggling a part-time or full-time job, and family issues that will contribute to an already hectic life. How do you find time to take care of your household, work, study or have some personal downtime? Time management and organizing skills make it possible.
  • Having a planner in your household is crucial. You should create a calendar (a dry erase board would be ideal) to keep track of school projects, events, extracurricular activities, and appointments.
  • Keep the calendar in a convenient place such as the kitchen, or by the door that you enter and exit daily.
  • All family members should record their schedule and activities on the calendar using different colored markers.
  • It is a good idea for the adult to record the family’s calendar in their personal planner (whether paper or electronic) since you always have it with you.

No matter what type of student you are, the academic year doesn’t have to be stressful or disorganized if you follow these few time management and organizing tips.

Teaching Time Management Skills to Your School-Aged Children

As a child, did you stop and think about time?  Probably not much, except when the time to play would wind down or it was getting close to bedtime. What did you do most of the time—lay in bed, watch TV programs for so many hours, or play video games? The older you get, you start remembering the things that you have  or have not accomplished.

One of our most priceless resources is Time. It is something that you can no longer reclaim, once you lose it. You should make use of your time intelligently. Why?  For your growth and improvement as a person. Time well spent is precious. That’s why you need time management.

Do you stop to consider that time management should be a basic skill for your school-aged children? Finishing assignments from school can be an obstacle for them. Time management can be a problem for your children. They should be taught to manage their schedules properly. They are expected to attend their classes, complete their homework, meet social obligations with their peers and participate in other extracurricular activities. They should eliminate as many distractions and interruptions as possible to complete assignments in order to accomplish their academic obligations.  

You will decide what age you feel your children are mature enough to be taught time management skills. Don’t make them feel bad about not having good time management skills when it comes to academic endeavors.  It is not the end of the world!  The majority of adults have the same problems on how to manage their time. There’s always room for improvement for all of us. Your children need somebody to teach and guide them. What is necessary is to re-evaluate how you have been managing your daily activities and to modify them when necessary. Then help your children do the same.

Few people master the skill of time management. However, it a general need for everyone, especially if you are aspiring to achieve something in school, work and other personal endeavors.

A Simple Time Management Concept to Teach Your Children:

  1. Have them to list and compare all the activities they would like to achieve now.
  2. Ask them to decide how they will be affected by their choices later on in life.
  3. After listing all the things they are supposed to do every day, have them order their priorities.
  4. Help them create a planner for their schedules.
  5. Teach them that adjustments can be made in their schedules when necessary.
  6. They should allocate time for relaxation and entertainment.
  7. Tell them that whatever plan they have formulated, they will enjoy every moment of their lives if they manage time well.

My mother and my Sunday School teacher taught me that there’s a time and a place for everything! Did your parenting adult or someone else teach you time management skills when you were younger?   Send me your comments. I’d love to hear from you!