In my last blog, I explained the importance of time tracking in developing self-awareness, or time-awareness, in teens. I recommended that teens use a log to chart their time. Because self-awareness is such an important skill for teens to develop, I thought I would give you more ideas for things teens can do to strengthen their self-awareness concerning time management skills.
- Timing Time: Teens can use timers, stopwatches, or clock apps on their phones to track the time they are spending on specific tasks or activities. To add another level of challenge, have them guess how long it will take to do something before beginning the task.
- Time Log: This was discussed in my last blog. It should be noted that logging time can be done in notebooks/journals, spreadsheets, tables, and other tech apps.
- Checking In: Spend time with your teen reviewing their logs or simply asking about how they feel about their time use. Share your observations of their time use, as well as your reflections on your own time use. To add another level of complexity, ask your teen for observations about your time use. This gives them an opportunity to practice important skills such as meaningful observation and giving feedback.
- Querying & Questions: Ask your teenagers to reflect on their time use. This will teach them to pay closer attention and be mindful of their time usage. Ask them questions like: What did you enjoy doing today? Did you have time for what you wanted? Did you have time for what needed to be done? Do you have any routines? Were your routines helpful today? What might you try or do differently tomorrow?
- Goal Setting: Encourage teens to set goals or plans for how they want to spend their time. They could track and evaluate their plans and their movement toward their goals. This provides teens with a sense of ownership for their time decisions.
- Encouragement: This is an area where a little bit can go a long way. Encourage your teen with specific feedback, complimenting and celebrating their progress in managing their time.
- Practice Makes Perfect: Well, practice makes progress. Time management is a skill that requires planning, practicing, and reflecting. This is an excellent opportunity to model your own reflective and iterative processes.
Self-awareness is an important 21st Century skill that many people struggle with. Using time management as a springboard, you can cultivate accurate self-awareness skills in your teen.
Have you tried any of these tips? Would you like to know more? Please comment below.