This school year, teach your children the most
valuable lesson they will ever learn: how to be organized. Long after state
capitals and algebraic equations are forgotten, the ability to organize one's
time and belongings will serve your student well.
Being organized increases productivity, improves
student achievement and reduces stress. Being organized also increases free
time for leisure pursuits. Other benefits include:
Students aren't born organized, they need to be coached
on the basics of organization just as they would any skill. Equip your student
for organization with the right set of tools:
it a Habit
Good study habits are created with repetition. New habits
take time to become routine; parents should monitor initial progress and then
slowly, give a child room to manage on their own.
Parents can help by:
Parents can help their students manage homework and
sports schedules by teaching students about time-blocking: the process of
designating specific blocks of time each day for tackling particular activities
or tasks. Students should examine their daily schedule and homework to-do list
and establish timelines for all tasks.
Other time-blocking tips include:
Finally, remember that organization must be learned and
practiced to become a habit. Parents can and should guide their students but
should ultimately allow their students to take the lead.
Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.