Once your child has a good homework and organization system in place, they should incorporate after school activities (such as sports, music, birthdays, dances, chores, religious school, etc.) into the system to help with time management. If they see upcoming events, they can plan out their time accordingly. Having some sort of weekly or monthly planner definitely helps.
There are only 24 hours in a day… what they do with the time can make all the difference. Figure out how much “free time” is left after sleep, school and mandatory activities. How much time is spent watching TV? On social media? Or hanging out with friends? Managing your time appropriately will help get the most out of each day!
I’ve attached a Time Management Chart and the Time Management- Have To’s, Must Do’s, Like To’s CHART that we give to many of our Top Tutor families. This is how to utilize this support:
1) Have your child write down a list of 5 things they “HAVE TO DO” on a weekly basis (eat, sleep, homework, etc). This is a “priority” list and always needs to be done each week.
2) Next, have them write down things they “MUST DO” (clubs, sports, music, chores, etc) each week for school and at home.
3) Finally, have them write down what they would “LIKE TO DO”. These are optional and extra activities. If there were enough time they would love to do items from this list during the week. (Learn a new skill, join a new club, hang out with friends, etc).
4) Take this information and input into the “Time Management Chart”. Have your child fill it in completely for a week. Be honest! This will allow them to see where and how they are spending their time.
Making a “To Do Lists” and checking off items that are completed is a great visual for students. They feel a sense of accomplishment as they check each item off the list. The items on the list should be based on what needs to get accomplished each day/week. Not every item may get checked off, and that is ok!