Time Management and it's role in motherhood and children
Have you ever thought “I just lost an hour of my life and I will never get it back”? You probably did a lot of times.
It is rightly said “Time and Tide wait for none”. An individual should understand the value of time for him to succeed in all aspects of life. People who don’t utilize time well are the ones who fail to create an identity of their own
There are a lot of ‘time consuming’ chores in our daily (working) lives, which is why we need a way to manage our time better.
A lack of effective time management can have a negative impact in the smooth functioning of our lives in the long run. Ineffective time management can also increase stress and frustration in turn leading to health issues.
The key to good time management is not to work more, but to work more efficiently. This means that you should structure your time so that you get more done in less time (without stress of course). A study from Stanford University found out that people who work more hours (more than 55 hours per week) do not actually get more done than those who work less than that. Here are some methods to manage your time more efficiently both at home and at work:
- Effective planning of our day to day activities
- Setting goals and objectives to be accomplished during the day
- Setting deadlines for tasks
- Delegation of responsibilities
- Prioritizing activities as per their importance
- Spending the right time on the concerned activity
- making a things to-do or task list
Time management as an important life skill should be taught to children early on. It helps children to plan, prioritize and work productively. Between homework, activities, playtime, there’s a lot to do. But even though most kids don’t have the cognitive skills to organize their schedules independently until higher school, you can start teaching them how to plan and prioritize their time now. “When we teach children strategies for time management from an early age, they internalize them, which sets them up for lifelong success,” says Lynn Meltzer, Ph.D., president of the Research Institute for Learning and Development, a nonprofit research and educational organization.
Many kids are inundated by the prospect of fitting everything they have and want to do into the few short hours after school, which makes them feel stressed. Hence this makes it all the more important for parents to instil time management skills and teach them the value of organizing and scheduling.
Instant guide for Time Management for children:
- Maintain a calendar to mark and schedule day to day activities, classes and important events. See our products page to view our Calendar Story which teaches children how to schedule their time and view their activities from the age of 3 onwards.
- Scheduling TV and screen time: To limit usage of gadgets and TV viewing for children which otherwise can be extremely time consuming if not planned correctly
- Plan ahead – children should be taught to pack their school bags, keep their uniforms ready a night prior so that the next morning is not rushed and getting ready for the day is much easier
- To create a planner for daily routine which includes time table for school, after school classes, playtime, meal time and sleep time
Understanding time management is one thing, seeing it in action is a completely different scenario. By having a good idea of what time management is, your child will learn to inculcate an internal discipline of pacing his efforts and activities to stay in-line with his or her daily activities. Inculcating the habit of managing time in children can be achieved successfully if parents themselves follow a routine and set an example for their young ones!
Check out The Story Merchants Calendar Story which consists of a Calendar and a storybook about scheduling, learning the days of the week and the months of the year, because we believe you are never too young to take control of your life and your schedule! Start small and stay ahead!