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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) ]

Terry C's picture

First Aid, sure, but please...

First Aid, sure, but please include CPR. I can't stand academics who call themselves doctors and couldn't even give someone the Heimlich maneuver.

Seriously though, I was desperate for some system, any system of time management during my undergraduate years, and this was at ART school mind you. I remember trying to find something akin to the wonder I find in GTD today by cococting all sorts of schemas in Excel spreadsheets and paper datebooks and and and. What I wouldn't have given up if someone had just explained the simple notion of working on contexts 15 years ago.

I'm teaching graphic design-related courses right now and my production & design class gets a good healthy listen to me talk about David Allen and Mr. 43folders Mann. All of them say they'd love to hear more and even give it a try, and some are actually pretty excited by it. To quote one student, "this is like the first time I heard about sex versus the first time I understood what all the hype was about."




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