Helping Students With Time Management, Organization and Lifestyle Changes
by Dr. Babis Bakopoulos
Director of MyTopEducation Network
Time management, organization and lifestyle changes are concerns that students need to deal with, in order to achieve success in accomplishing their tasks and responsibilities. Without proper knowledge about such, it would be difficult for students to juggle their tasks in school and excel in the things they do. When it comes to time management, a very popular theory applicable is Abraham Harold Maslow's time management theory. As an American professor of psychology, he relays the significance of "matching time management with our other needs as human beings, and integrating everything into a nourishing and wholesome complex" (Mani 2018). Therefore, we can see how vital it is to know how prioritize and organize, especially when faced with a list of responsibilities with various levels of importance.
Parents play a huge role in helping students with time management, organization and lifestyle changes. Being one of the biggest influencers in the lives of their children, they must be the first ones to teach them how much simpler things can become if they know how to manage time, organize and adapt to lifestyle changes. To assist parents in helping them, here are a few tips and strategies that can teach their children, who are also students, to better handle everything on their plate.
List down and arrange.
List down deadlines and arrange the things-to-do according to their urgency and level of difficulty. To properly manage time and organize, one must learn how to prioritize. Teach them that if a simple homework’s deadline is an hour earlier than a difficult homework’s, they may start working on your difficult homework, first, so as to have enough time to research for it. They may also choose to work on the simple homework, first, if they wish to have something accomplished right away. Everything depends on one’s discretion and technique of working on tasks.
To get organized and manage time, parents must set rules which should be strictly followed. Rules such as “No using of smartphones while reviewing” or “Finish requirements at least a day before the deadline” can help students get organized and manage their time wisely. These rules can be implemented as necessary. What matters is that the student follows them and that the rules help them improve their study habits.
Create a weekly schedule and strategize.
While it is difficult to adjust to lifestyle changes as a student, helping students create a weekly schedule can promote time management and organization. This can also aid them in setting their minds at the beginning of the week, strategizing well and budgeting their time and energy for the list of tasks they are supposed to accomplish within the week.
Parents are expected to support their children in every endeavor they are pursuing. This involves offering the assistance they need to make it simpler for students to achieve their goals. At the end of the day, teaching them how to manage time, organize and better adapt to lifestyle changes can lead to effective learning and the development of responsibility (Carlson 2018). Furthermore, organization and the creation of timetables promote productivity – a result that students should be aiming for (Sharma 2016). With the tips mentioned above, parents should now have an idea on how they can not only support their children financially while they study, but also emotionally and mentally. With the skills that students can acquire along the way, it would no longer be too troublesome for them to face and adjust to the real world, especially when they become professionals in their chosen fields.