The students will engage in activities to examine how they make use of their time, make an action plan, and create a to-do list to improve upon their own time management.
One Class Period
The learner will:
time management: a range of skills, tools, and techniques used to manage time when accomplishing specific tasks, projects and goals
planning: creating a course of action
allocating: distribute according to a plan
setting goals: process of deciding what you want and creating a plan to achieve the result you desire
analyze: to look at the details to discover key parts
prioritize: to think about importance
prune: to cut back
adjust: to shift, to make something fit better
optimize: to get the most out of something (an act or supply, etc)
philanthropy: giving time, talent and/or treasure and taking action for the common good
advocacy: an act, or process of writing or speaking in favor of, or supporting, a cause
Ask: Do you ever wish you had more hours in the day to do everything you need or want to do? Ask the students to "Think, Pair, Share" about the following question: If you had no time constraints or obligations, like school or jobs, what are two things you would do with your time? Say, "After you have taken a minute to think about this question, pair up with a neighbor and share your response." Give the students a few minutes to share their thinking. Then discuss this as a class, sorting the suggested activities by putting tallies into categories such as sports/exercise, friends, volunteering, relaxing, art, and media. Discuss in which categories most activities fall. Talk about the benefits of having time to do what you like to do. Tell the students that today they will learn some strategies for time management that just might give them the time to do some of those things.
Encourage the students to explore some of the needs of their community where they could invest some of their time.
Language Arts: “Time is money” is often said amongst leaders of organizations. The two go hand in hand. Effective use of time can save an organization lots of money that can be used in other ways. Ask the students to write a paragraph that relates the phrase "Time is money" to their own lives.
Do you feel you manage your time well?
Yes, I’m good at scheduling my days and weeks.
Sometimes I’m short on time, sometimes not.
No, I’m almost always short on time.
How much time do you set aside for homework every night?
Do you set aside enough time to get things done? Here’s a trick:
Take a guess at how much time it will take for you to get you work done. Write it down. Then, right before you get started, check the clock and see what time it is. You are going to time yourself and see how close your guess was. You may want to do this a few times to help you become aware of how long it actual takes to do your homework.
Routines are a great way to help you get everything done on time. Before doing anything, plan it and write it down so that you have a guide and won’t waste any time. When you make the list, prioritize what you have to do first according to its importance. And no matter what happens; do not allow these distractions to become your priority.
Here’s how to establish a routine:
• Write down the things you need to accomplish
• Every item written on your list must be given a time frame
• Organize every item written according to its importance.
• Make a plan on how to achieve your goals in the given time frame
Focus. This will help you accomplish every little thing you have to do for a day.
TIME MANAGEMENT ACTION PLAN
1. Clarify your goal (Can you get a visual picture of the expected outcome? How can you see if you have reached your destination? What makes your goal measurable? What might be in the way, like the limits on time, money, or other resources?) Clearly state your goal here: ______________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
2. Write a list of actions Write down all actions you may need to take to achieve your goal. At this step, focus on generating and writing as many different options and ideas as possible. List them in the space below:
____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________
3. Analyze, prioritize, and prune Look at your list of actions. What are the absolutely necessary and best steps to achieve your goal? Mark them with a check mark. After that, what action items can be dropped from in the plan without significant consequences for the outcome? Cross them out.
4. Organize your list into a plan Decide on the order of your action steps. Start from looking at your checked key actions. For each action, what other steps should be completed before that action? Rearrange your actions and ideas into a sequence of ordered action steps. Finally, look at your plan once again. Are there any ways to simplify it even more?
5. Monitor the execution of your plan and review the plan regularly How much have you progressed toward your goal by now? What new information have you got? Use this information to further adjust and optimize your plan.
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