year, teach your children one of life's most valuable lessons: how to be
organized. While algebra and Latin declensions may be best left to the pros, no
one is better equipped to teach Organization 101 than a parent. After all, the
basics of organization begin at home. So study up and teach your children well.
Being organized increases productivity and decreases
stress: in short organization improves student achievement and reduces the bad
stuff. Being organized also increases free time for sports, hobbies and family and
friends. Other benefits include:
No one is born organized; coach your students on the
basics of organization just as you would any new skill. Also, be sure to equip
your student with the right set of tools:
it a Habit
New habits take time to become routine; parents should
monitor initial progress and then slowly, give a child room to manage on their
Parents can help by:
Parents can help students manage busy schedules by
teaching students about time-blocking, which is 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 create
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 the
goal is to ultimately allow your students to take the lead. Who knows? You may
learn a thing or two yourself. Here's to an organized school year!
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.