43 Folders

Back to Work

Merlin’s weekly podcast with Dan Benjamin. We talk about creativity, independence, and making things you love.

Join us via RSS, iTunes, or at 5by5.tv.

”What’s 43 Folders?”
43Folders.com is Merlin Mann’s website about finding the time and attention to do your best creative work.

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) ]

VT Teacher's picture

I'm with Trev on this...

I'm with Trev on this one: "I just think it’s completely out of touch to believe that ‘a good dose of gtd’ will end cramming and late assignments."

I happen to teach at the high school level. I also happen to employ many GTD techniques to keep myself together. During intro-level courses in particular, I incorporate organizational skills, study techniques, time-management skills, et. al. into the curriculum. Additionally, I embody those skills day to day in the classroom. Most of my students are far more concerned with their own universe(short-term socially influenced events) to ever consider taking practical advice from someone as utterly uncool as their teacher. Not to say that that it's all for naught. Certain students soak it up and others depend on these skills to scrape by. But as a whole, the teenage paradigm remains unfazed.

Don't you recall your outlook during those years? Something to the tune of, "Dude, my teachers/parents are like so out of touch. They don't know anything." In the teenage universe, the notion of time is a wholly different concept than in the adult universe. What is more evident in this age group is concern over the tangible short-term outcomes revolving around social influences. Developmentally, adolescent boys in particular lack the ability to consider things like long-term goals. The concept of precious time is obviously absent on occasion for these reasons.

I'm afraid that many students complete tasks (homework, studying) simply to get them done, rather than to learn or to understand. As such, I strive to cultivate a self-motivated learner in my students. Once this ideal trait is achieved, then one can begin to value and then appropriate time.

Tomorrow's lesson: "Act before there is a problem; Bring order before there is disorder." Perhaps interpreting Lao Tzu ought to be taught more often in high schools.




An Oblique Strategy:
Honor thy error as a hidden intention


Subscribe with Google Reader

Subscribe on Netvibes

Add to Technorati Favorites

Subscribe on Pageflakes

Add RSS feed

The Podcast Feed


Merlin used to crank. He’s not cranking any more.

This is an essay about family, priorities, and Shakey’s Pizza, and it’s probably the best thing he’s written. »

Scared Shitless

Merlin’s scared. You’re scared. Everybody is scared.

This is the video of Merlin’s keynote at Webstock 2011. The one where he cried. You should watch it. »