Teenagers want to achieve a lot. In only a little time, they want to do everything and get caught up. This can result in them breaking down due to stress. It could reduce their productivity and can even affect their performance in school. From wanting to do everything, they could cram their activities and over schedule.
As a parent, you can help your teen overcome Over-scheduling by teaching them simple and basic day to day principles about time management.
When your teens know how to work on their time and boost their productivity, it follows them into adulthood and you would be surprised how effective they will become from achieving the smallest task to the biggest.
There are a couple of things you must teach your kids which would help them improve their scheduling and not cram up their day with activities which could make them less productive.
How teens can overcome Over-scheduling
The following are simple ways to help your child overcome Over-scheduling.
- Teach them how to organize their day with a to-do list
Using a to-do list will help your teens organize their day on a sheet of paper or in an app on their smartphone. By using a to-do list, they know which task is next, which to push/roll over and which has been completed. By seeing their task, they’d be mentally prepared to move from one to the other without losing focus.
- Teach them how to prioritize
It is almost impossible to do everything in a day or even a week. You have to teach your kids to do the most important tasks first, and probably leave the less important till the important tasks are completed. If your teen does not prioritize, they might be busy through the day, but achieve very little for their efforts.
- Teach them not to procrastinate
Procrastination is a thief of time, consequently, it is a killer of life and dreams. When your teens know the effect of procrastination, they would know that putting off tasks will not do them any good. When you put off tasks for later, you will have a huge list of backlog to deal with and that might completely affect how much of the current task you can get involved with and can achieve. Procrastination isn’t a thing anyone should get addicted to, not your teens.
- They must rest well
There are a lot of funny motivational speakers who would give you reasons why not to sleep, how it takes your time and the likes. That has never been true. Sleep is essential in the development of the mind. After a long day, you must rest well for you to be fresh for the next day. While your teens might stay up late occasionally, it must not be a habit. They have to rest well so they won’t feel miserable (with heavy eyes) during the day.
These few tips should help your teens overcome Over-scheduling and help them achieve the best within a limited period.