How do you defineTime Management?
What does this mean to you?
Take some time and answer this for
Simply time management is how you
organize your time to get the maximum
benefit out of your day.This means more
than just getting good grades- it means
effectively handling your life. You have
control over your time.
Time is a precious asset.
“DevelopingTime Management Skills is a
The first question –
Do you know how you spend your time?
Often we are not aware of how we spend our
days. So for the next day or two challenge
yourself to pay close attention to your time.
You will be surprised!
Mark what time you wake up.
Pay attention to the time it takes you to get from home to
How long you spend using your phone/device; after you
finish texting jot down the length of the phone call.
If you have practice for a game, show, or performance,
visit with friends, or anything else after school, jot down
When you watchTV, play games, spend time on Facebook
– write down your time.
Write down how much time you spend on homework.
This will give you a good idea of how
you spend your time – your most valuable asset.
The key to time management is organization!
This is a life long process for most us!
FACT: 5% of students possess strong time
management and organizational skills.
Most of us have to learn how to organize,
study, and plan effectively.
Using some form of an Agenda calendar is one
of the keys to organization.
(we will devote some time for suggestions on how to use an
agenda book or smart phone calendar)
How many of you set aside time to study?
How many of you take the time to organize
your notebooks everyday?
Do you have separate folders for each
Do you have a system that works for you?
This study skills seminar is designed to help
you develop skills so that you can practice.
One of the most important skills - time
management, as with any new skill, one
needs to practice.
Procrastination is a bad habit. Like other
habits, there are two general causes.The first
is the "crooked thinking" we use to justify our
behavior.The second source is our behavioral
patterns – how we behave .
A closer look at our crooked thinking reveals
three major issues in delaying tactics:
Those who believe they must turn in the
perfect paper may wait until all available
resources have been reviewed or endlessly
rewrite draft after draft.Worry over
producing the perfect project prevents them
from finishing on time.
Feelings of inadequacy can also cause delays.
Those who "know for a fact" that they “can’t
do it” often believe they will fail and will
avoid the unpleasantness of having their skills
put to the test.
Fear of discomfort is another way of putting a stop
to what needs to be done.Yet, the more we delay,
the worse the discomforting problem (like a
Our behavioral patterns are the second
cause. Getting started on an unpleasant or
difficult task may seem impossible.
Procrastination is likened to the physics
concept of inertia—a mass at rest tends to
stay at rest.
Greater forces are required to start change than
to sustain change.
Another way of viewing it is that avoiding tasks
reinforces procrastination which makes it harder
to get things going.
A person may be stuck not by the lack of desire,
but by not knowing what to do
Positive self statements
Get Organized- (more later…)
Take A Stand
Exercise: Take a sheet of paper and create two columns.
On the left side write every excuse you have come up
with not to do homework . On the right hand side
place rational reasons to replace excuses.
CHALLENGE FAULTY EXCUSES!!
Excuse . I’m not in the mood
Reality: Mood doesn’t so my work, actions do. If I wait
for the right mood I may never get it done.
Excuse: I’m just lazy
Reality: Calling myself lazy is self defeating. My work is
separate from me. Getting started is the key to
Write some positive statements where you can see
There is no time like the present moment to
The sooner I get done the sooner I can play.
There is no such thing as perfection.
Its cheaper and less painful if I do it now rather
than wait until it gets worse.
I can do it!
“Jumping to the conclusion that you will fail
or that you are no good at something will
only create a wall of fear that will stop you
cold. Recognize that negative predictions are
not facts. Focus on the present and what
positive steps you can take toward reaching
your goals”. ASK FOR HELP!
Remember when we set realistic goals– we
can get anything done in manageable pieces
Make a priority list-place the items highest to
(sometimes we may need to re-arrange our lists)
The greater the importance or urgency the
higher the priority. Remember that many
aspects of life may seem really important, when
in reality they can wait.
If you have a big homework project break it
down into manageable parts! This is a key in
helping us so we do not feel overwhelmed.
Most of us can handle things we do not like to
do if they are broken into smaller pieces.
There is that word again!!! Remember we are
here to help! Remember the multiple
intelligences test- where you found out what
type of learning style you prefer. Your
learning style will help you to create a system
that works for you!
Make a commitment to the task at hand.
Write a contract for your self and sign it.
Share your plan with family, teachers, and
friends. (remember your support team)
Write yourself reminder notes and place
them in places where you will be sure to see
them- on the bathroom mirror, the
refrigerator, theT.V., your computer, etc..
The more we remember the more likely we
will follow through.
ACKNOWLEDGE that you have followed
through on a commitment!!!
Do this each time you complete a part of the
Self-reinforcement has a powerful effect on
the “do-it-now” attitude!
For most of us stating organized takes a lot of
trial and error.
You need to discover your strengths!
Get in the game and PRACTICE!!
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