Teenagers – Use committed time to get organized

by Julie Baird on December 16, 2009

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. Next time your teenager has a doctor’s appointment, how will they spend their time in the waiting room?

Use the waiting time to get organized

Okay so they can’t organize their desk or papers, but they can organize their action (or to do) lists and planner.

Their action list should be captured in something that is portable and carried with them most of the time. Whether it is electronic or paper is purely a matter of personal preference.

The odd moment here or there is perfect to work on their action lists. Score out the completed tasks, add more detail to existing ones, check progress on projects and identify what steps need taken to progress, identify anything that needs followed up with others. Checking against their weekly plan to make sure all the deadlines will be hit.

Benefits of Using Committed Time on Action Lists

  1. They are doing work they should be doing another time, so it frees up time later
  2. They have a super effective action list so they can power through those actions in record time.

If you want to learn more about action lists and their impact on time management check out Time Management Skills for Students.

How does your teen keep track of actions just now, and what time do they spend working on their plans?

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