What happens when your teen is waiting at the dentist for appointments? Or the doctors, or waiting for a ride to an activity?
That is committed time.
Committed time is time spent hanging around waiting, traveling etc. It is not being productively used and yet you can’t plan in anything else. A decision can be made here:
Continue to waste this time…or….
Use it productively so your student can have fun later!
Let’s assume you have helped your teen make the decision to use their committed time productively. Now what do they spend it on?
How can you use committed time?
One idea is to use that time to do some self improvement that they wouldn’t have time for normally.
Many books and self improvement courses can be found in audio form these days. Check your library or school to see what is available. Load onto an iPod or listen to CD’s in the car.
Video courses can also be found in downloadable versions which you can put on a media player to watch in spare moments. My own Time Management Skills for students E-Course is perfect for this!
Look for a program with short sessions so that continuity is not an issue.
Self Improvement Topics to Consider
- Goal setting
- Time Management Skills (of course!)
- Memory skills
The list could go on and on.
What are the best programs you and your teenager have found that slot well into these time slots?