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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) ]

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Life skills (aka things I...

Life skills (aka things I wish someone had taught me):

How to cook. How to buy groceries for a week with $25. Why it's important that you eat foods from more than one food group. Why beer and cookies aren't food groups.

How to do laundry.

Budgeting, both the basics and then making your budget meet reality (ie- if you only make $500 a month, and your rent is $400, why you can no longer shop at the Gap every time you need a little pick me up). What credit card interest is versus how a mortgage interest is calculated, and why one is good debt and the other is bad.

Basic troubleshooting skills, how to think through a problem.

How to get around without having a car. How to use a map and a bus schedule.

How to find information if you don't have google or the internet (card cataloug, indexes, etc.), even basic "This is how a phone book works".

How to ask for help. Stomping your feet and pouting is not a problem solving strategy. Finding an appropriate person to ask a concise question (as opposed to whining about how hard something is) IS a strategy.




An Oblique Strategy:
Honor thy error as a hidden intention


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