April 15, 2014
Teachers Talk - Time Management Tips
Jennifer Williams, Teacher, Crawford Adventist Academy East, Pickering, ON

The song may say “Time is on My Side,” but as a teacher, it may not always feel that way. Most times, there are not enough hours in a day to accomplish everything on your to-do list. With the help of my Grade 7 and 8 students, we have compiled some time management tips that work for us. Hopefully, you will find an idea here that works for you; I like delegation!
 
Slow Down and Focus:  If you have a tendency of losing a lot of your work, use my time management skill:  “Slow down and focus.” If you slow down, you won’t lose anything and you will remember important things. This can also help you on your school work. If you rush, you may forget something important or lose a book. It does not even have to be school work. You can forget car keys by rushing, but if you slow down and remember what you have, you would not forget. You can slow down by focusing on one thing on a time. Or, you can backtrack and focus on what you were doing. It is better to do one thing well instead of doing everything poorly. You should focus on one thing you are doing and do not get distracted by any other chore. If you focus on your work and slow down, the work you are doing will be faster and shorter.                                 
(Nathaniel B.)
 
Do not procrastinate: We must have heard this many times over the course of our lives. Unfortunately it is one of those things that some of us understand technically but do not really put into practice. If you make a conscious effort and make yourself do things a little bit at a time every day, you will have time on your side. What helps to finish work on time is to take frequent breaks. It makes the work seem less difficult when you see consistent results every day. Try sticking to particular parts of a project instead of tackling the monster all at once. In the end, avoiding procrastination will save you time.
(Jonathan H.)
 
Write It Out, Make a List: Always remember as soon as you get a new task to do, write it down. Start by making a list and writing down your top priorities. Put the list in a place where you can see it at all times. I do not recommend writing on your body, but if you really need to remember, write it on a sticky note and put it in an obvious place.  Every time you finish a task, cross it out. As time goes by, you will be happy with your accomplishments. Always remember to keep your list in a safe place. Keep your list specific and be realistic. Remember, lists save time.
(Shaliza A.)
 
Use a Calendar or an Agenda: Using a calendar or an agenda is helpful. When you forget stuff, all you have to do is check your calendar or your agenda to help you remember what you need to do for the day or week. One way you could use your calendar is to put it on your fridge. Every time you go to eat or get something out of the fridge, you can just look and see what your chores or things need to get done for a certain time. One other way you could use your agenda is by writing important things first and keeping your agenda with you so you can just check up on it if you forget anything.
(Jusiah C.)
 
Use a pager/phone/voice recorder to send reminders: Sometimes if you have to run a few errands for your family or friends, using a pager can remind you when those errands need to be done. The pager makes a beeping sound when you have to attend an appointment. Another type of helpful technology is a cell phone. You can write down notes in your phone and set a time for when that event happens. Then when the time comes, the phone will either make a ringing sound or play one of your favourite songs. One last way that you can remind yourself of events is the voice recorder. This device is pretty new. When you are not very good with remembering things, you can record a message and play it back to yourself.
(Lemoy W.)