Your child has loads of things to do during the day. School, homework, play, music classes, karate classes, coaching classes and the works. The problem is all the more pronounced during exam times. Time management doesn’t just include those 24 hours. In fact it could be planning the whole life. How will you teach your child the value of time? These tips will help you do it.
Long Term Plan: You can discuss with your child what he would like to achieve in his life. It could either be the profession he wants to join, or more immediately, if he wants to excel in a particular field in school. Try not to force your opinion and choices on him. He must be the one who sets the goals for himself.
The Qualities Required: Once your child has decided his long-term plan see what are the qualities required. This will give him a better idea on how realistic his goal is.
Set Goals: Now when your child has decided what attributes are required then the task is how to achieve them.
First Things First: After your child has decided how to achieve the goals he has set for himself he has to prioritise. Identify the priority area and concentrate. He will have to decide how much time he wants to give to studies, sports other extra-curricular activities. He must set deadlines for himself. This will help him in finishing tasks. Also ask him to be realistic in setting deadlines. Unrealistic deadlines only lead t failure.
Make a `To Do’ List: Get him into the habit of making a list, daily, for the next day, as to what he has to do. It could be done at night or early in the morning. This way he will not have to suddenly rush to do things and create an emergency situation. Instill in him the habit of writing down his targets on paper. Jot down points for him and may be paste pictures or draw pictures of a book represents his study time, pictures of fruits and vegetables represent meal times.
Help Him Organize Himself: Precious time is wasted if your child is not well-organised. Searching for lost items eats up precious minutes and leaves your child stressed and less efficient. Help him in allocating space for his clothes, books, toys and remind him to put things in their correct place. Do not start doing it yourself. He has to learn to do it on his own so that he can save time.
Develop His Concentration: Your child will want to do as many things as possible at the same time. Tell him to concentrate on whatever he is doing. If he is eating then he should enjoy his food, finish it and then watch television. If he is studying then he should concentrate on studying and not keep chatting on the phone simultaneously. There are various techniques to improve your child’s concentration, which you could find out about. More work is done in time if it is performed with concentration.
Don’t be a Perfectionist: If he is not able to fulfill his targets don’t be upset with him. Let him handle things on his own. Give him guidance and support. But teach him the importance of finishing work on time and not keeping work pending.
Reward Him: If he is able to meet his goals and do things on time then you must reward him. Take him out for a treat, movie or picnic. Appreciate his efforts so that he has an incentive to keep up the good work. At the same time let him have at least one day in the week when he has no goals or targets, but only fun! This will not be a problem because over the week he would have managed his time in the most efficient manner making it possible to have a good time.
Explain to Him the Importance of Time: Explain to your child through stories, what happens if people do not value time. This could be done through real life incidents, stories, books and pictures. Explain him that time should be in his control and not the other way round.
Set the Right Example: Your child will manage his time better if he sees you managing yours efficiently. If fact you will benefit too with effective time management as you will have more time to spend with your children.