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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) ]

Andy's picture

As a kid, one of...

As a kid, one of the biggest hurdles I had to any sort of organised management of my time was fear: fear that it would stifle my spontanaity, my creativity.

I've adopted GTD in spite of that because (a) it seems to have the least impact in that area - actually makes claims to increase creativity; (b) I got to the point where I felt I had no choice.

But given a choice, I think I'd rather just be spontaneous. Wouldn't all of us? Kids have less responsibility than we do (define "kids" as you will), so they don't have to make that call yet.

So, sure, teach kids GTD. Excellent idea. I'm trying to get my six year old to understand the idea of a next action at the moment. But let them decide when and if to use those tools.




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