In a saturated digital world, here are three easy, simple ways we can teach time management to kids.
3 Easy Ways to Teach Time Management to Kids
1. Turn your child’s routine into a checklist.
- If they’re younger, make the checklist age-appropriate (fun, bubbly, animal, NASA, Albert Einstein quotes, etc).
- Have them co-manage the checklist and review it daily as that gets them in the habit to own the process.
- At the end of the week celebrate what you achieved, and work on what you didn’t, the idea is to keep the process flowing over time – it’s not perfection, but consistency is how you win the game.
2. Establish rules for electronics.
- Help them get in the habit to focus on one thing and master it, before they jump to anything else – especially mobile devices.
- Set rules for when they can use mobile devices for anything other than school work – this is setting them up for success because in the workplace if they’re texting their friends during business meetings, you know what will happen.
3. Be a coach, not a micro-manager.
- Kids are trying to learn new things and they’re trying to focus, so coach them, don’t micro-manage them.
- Being a coach will help them know it’s ok to make a mistake, and that it’s also ok to think big about ideas.
- Displaying this attribute will allow them to take ownership in their work and feel accountable for whatever they need to achieve, learn, create, build, etc.