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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) ]

Trev's picture

Hi Merlin. I don't know...

Hi Merlin. I don't know whether you have kids or not, but, no matter how hard I try to get my teenage son 'organized', he remains more committed to his own agenda. He's had plenty of advice from people at school, too. I'm telling you, planners, to do lists, calendars, moleskins, hipster PDAs, GTD aren't on his priority list at the moment. My daughter, on the other hand, gets on with her homework as soon as she gets in from school, and will probably fill her middle-school planner (when she gets a bit older) with lots of beautiful lists of things to do. I wasn't trying to be 'cool' or 'folksy'; I just think it's completely out of touch to believe that 'a good dose of gtd' will end cramming and late assignments. Yup, entering the adult world of commitments, mortgages, work, marriage and kids can be tough, and learning to juggle these commitments is even harder. I guess we learn what we need to learn when we need to learn it.




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