01-14-2010 - MTFF: How To Get Your Teenager into Planning
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MTFF: How To Get Your Teenager into Planning Sent Thursday, January 14, 2010 
January 14th 2010
Weekly tips for better grades with less stress from The Grade Coach

A Note From Julie

Hi, ,
A car crash in the Baird household has left us scrambling with all our activities. With one car, planning has taken on a new dimension as we try to make sure everyone's appointments, activities and social needs are met. My kids are starting to understand the importance of giving us advance notice of their plans.Although I would not wish this on anyone, and would certainly not advise it as a strategy, it has been a useful learning point for us all about sharing our plans and thinking about contingencies. 
This week's article is about things you can do with your teenager (short of crashing the car!) to get them to take planning on board.
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Julie Baird
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    How to Get Your Teenager Into Planning.

    Planning is not a natural state for most teenagers. It is regarded as restrictive and interferes with their ability to be free flowing and have fun. However for most students, planning is an essential part of being able to cope with the schoolwork they are loaded up with, have time for all the activities they want to participate in, and still have time for "free" fun time.

    I often find that once the plan includes time for fun activities as well as schoolwork then planning becomes much more popular. Yes, it still requires a watchful eye till get gets ingrained as a habit, but as it becomes seen as a way to create time for the things they enjoy most teenagers get into the idea.

    So what are the aspects you need to look out for as your teenager learns how to plan well?

    1. Break Work down.

      As soon as work is assigned, break it down into its elements and plan each separately

    2. Estimate how long things will take

      This does not always come easily. The best bet is to make some best guesses, check the actual time taken and learn from it.

    3. Plan in buffer time

      Everyone gets surprised from time to time; it is the nature of life. The stress of this happening is greatly reduced if there is some extra time built in to their plan that can be used for this when needed.

    4. Readjust as things change

      If things take longer (or shorter) than expected, adjust their plan to cope with the new situation

    5. Plan in some time to plan

      Allocate some time each day (5 mins or so) to plan in new projects, revise the existing plan and make adjustments as necessary. Once a week plan in a little more time to review the week just past, and plan for the week ahead.

    6. Plan in the fun stuff

      Don't forget to include non school activities and some social stuff. Have the plan work for them to help them generate some time for the things they really enjoy.

    Follow these tips for planning and your teenager will develop the planning habit in no time!

    If you feel your teenager would like some help with goal setting or any other area of time management and organization then give me a call and we can work out how best to help them achieve their potential.

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