TIME- it doesn’t work for us or against us. It just is. Its neutrality makes it neither a friend nor an enemy. Yet the fabric of our lives rests on our ability to maximize something we cannot see…TIME! The naivety that it can be squandered it is often the philosophy of our youth. Yet, as we age, it becomes our most treasured asset.

black-girl-on-computerTeaching youth how to respect and manage their time is an essential skill. Idleness of something so precious is often wasted through countless hours spent playing video games and surfing social media outlets. How can we teach youth the value of shutting down media when everything and everybody appears to want them to “turn up!”

We as adults, parents, and family members teach youth the value of time through our practices and behaviors. We teach them what’s important and what’s not. Our time should include talking with our children, playing a board game, sharing family stories and history, teaching/practicing our religious values and exploring new places, people and cultures. As a result, we will help our children begin weaving the fabric of their own journey, which in the end will be a direct reflection of how they valued their time.

Life puts so many choices in front of us that often we become distracted and waste time on unimportant activities. Time management helps you make conscious choices, so you can spend more of your time doing things that are important and valuable to you.

5 Quick Tips For Better Time Manage

  1. Create a daily plan
  2. Use a Calendar and Organizer
  3. Prioritize
  4. Delegate
  5. Stay focused and Be consistent

A new year has just begun. Everyone will have the same 24-hours each day to accomplish something worthwhile. How will you choose to spend your time? Parents do not allow your children to squander it. This is a great resource to help your teen accomplish more: Organizing from the Inside Out for Teenagers: The Foolproof System for Organizing Your Room, Your Time, and Your Life by Julie Morgenstern and Jessi Morgenstern-Colón. Our programs will be using the book to create skill building workshop for girls which will teach them time management and organization.

Remember, time is precious so use it wisely. Here’s to a productive 2014!