Time Managementby Indu Punj
Teaching children how to manage their time is an essential lesson. The first step is to ask children, and include yourself in this exercise, to describe how they spend the 24 hours they have in a day. A child often knows where and when they’re squandering time, perhaps by playing too much and thus being unable to finish their homework, or by sleeping too late, making them late for school the next day.
Once this is done, it’s important that the class has an honest conversation around procrastination. We often procrastinate because we’re afraid of failing at the tasks that they need to complete. Help children understand this point, and shift the focus to tackling these fears.
Time management techniques that reduce anxiety and fear and emphasise the satisfaction and rewards of completing tasks work best. Let children set their own realistic timetable which they’ll be more inclined to follow. Help them find productive reasons to adhere to their own rules and find a good reward system for when they seem to lack motivation.