The Regina Leader-Post recently featured a guest article on time management for teenagers. The writer, Kaylee Sparrowhawk, is a teenager herself, and while she draws attention to the fact that teenagers need time management skills, she doesn’t get past her frustrations to present strategies for success.
What is time management for teens? With a few adaptations, teens can apply the same strategies used by busy managers every day. Establishing priorities is key.
Take the featured tips in a Redlands Daily Facts piece by business consultant Sieg Weber. While he targets business managers and entrepreneurs, his advice is almost universal: think ahead and do things in order of importance.
He says that managers should invest the most energy in things that will give them the biggest payback for their time, whether it’s their top returning customers or the most productive members of their team.
How can a teenager use this advice? Studying is one example. There’s a limited amount of time a student has to study each week, especially if like the teens mentioned in the article, they are balancing part-time jobs and extracurricular activities.
Investing equal study time in all subjects is out. There’s just not enough time. Teens should dedicate the most energy to the subjects they are weakest in, while giving their better subjects just a small amount of review. They should also focus on any skills and concepts that apply to more than one class. Spending more time on math skills, for example, is likely to help in science classes, too.
With some persistence and creativity, the same focus can be applied across home and work. Developing time management skills is a process, and learning to set goals and priorities is one of the most important parts.