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Brian Kim: Teach kids time management

Top 5 Things That Should Be Taught In Every School

I enjoyed reading this list and was especially into number five:

#5: Time Management

Speaking of other skills that can be utilized in any job and career is time management. The majority of students never really learn to value their time and mange it while in school. Procrastination is all too rampant (studying right before class, doing homework and essays the day it’s due, partying the night before the exam). This lack of time management often carries over into adulthood, which becomes a major liability.

Learn to make a to do list. Learn to prioritize. Learn to break things down into 30 minute blocks of time. Learn about actionable items. David Allen’s GTD system is your best friend here along with Dan Kennedy’s No B.S Time Management. Again if you’re unfamiliar with these people, Google is your best friend, but I’m sure the majority of readers will know what I’m talking about.

What would you add to the list of skills you think should be taught in school?

[ via: Anarchaia (3/14/07) ]

FARfetched's picture

I see valid arguments on...

I see valid arguments on both sides of this issue, where Trev & Merlin stake out opposing views. On one hand, I find myself wishing I'd been taught time management in high school — on the other, I probably would have (as Kim says) regurgitated the answers to pass the class then promptly forgotten about it.

Then again, the same class that taught time management would probably have been a good place to teach money management. And how to change a tire or iron a shirt, for that matter. When I was a kid, "home ec'" was mainly a cooking class -- even then, I wondered what was the "economics" part of it. We learned more about money management in shop class, where we had an assignment to list what tools we would/could buy with $100 then had to justify our choices.




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