Happy New Year! Ending a year and beginning a new one often causes us to notice “time,” reflect, plan or change. Time is important. We learn very early when it is time for our birthday, time for dinner, time for bed, time for school, time for work, time to turn at the stoplight, etc.
Time management is an important life skill, but it is not natural to some people. Lack of time management skills can lead to poor performance at work or school, stress and anxiety. Inability to perform good time management skills is not a reflection of intellect or capability. Because the symptoms of poor time management include constant rushing, poor work quality, missed deadlines, procrastination, poor punctuality, distraction, overextension, unhealthy habits and burn out, it is likely many high-school and college dropouts struggle with lack of time management skills and this struggle likely impacted the decision to quit.
How can adult education providers improve time management skills for their students?
- Teach use of a timer.
If a task requires an hour, set a timer, and stay on that task for the full hour.
- Hang analog clocks in the classroom or center so students can see time.
- Teach use of planners. This helps teach list making, prioritizing, scheduling, organization, etc.
- Utilize student reports to show them patterns and amounts of time they are focusing on studies, tasks, subjects, etc.
KET’s FastForward online course allows instructors to measure student progress through tools built into the classroom management system. This is extremely important in today’s distance learning situations.
Students can also measure their progress by reviewing the number of badges they earn as they complete tasks within the FastForward and Workplace Essential Skills courses.
- Help learners understand the importance of time management as it relates to workplace performance by utilizing KET’s Workplace Essential Skills. This online, on-demand learning program teaches academic content set within high-demand jobs as well as soft skills like time management, conflict resolution, job search and more. View an except from Workplace Essential Skills about time management below.
Time is not something we can create more of. Using it wisely is prudent; therefore, learning to manage it is necessary for success personally and professionally.