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The Time Teachers Spend Teaching: What We Know about Time on Task and How to Boost It

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Even when students are in school, they often miss opportunities to learn due to a lack of teacher time on task (i.e., the time teachers spend actively engaged in teaching). We have clear evidence that boosting the quality of pedagogy can boost student learning outcomes, but we also have evidence that boosting teacher time on task—even in the absence of improved pedagogy—can boost student learning outcomes. Here is a round-up of what we know about the link between time on task and student learning outcomes, how much time on task is lost in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), and ideas on how to boost time on task.

How closely linked are teacher time on task and learning outcomes?

Studies of the relationship between time on task and learning tend to take one of two approaches. Either they examine the association between total hours of instruction and student test scores, or they examine interventions that boost instructional time. In the former case, multiple studies find a positive association between hours of instruction and student test scores. For example, comparing performance of the same student across two subjects with different amounts of instructional time (using the TIMSS data ) suggests that “ an additional hour of instruction time [per week] leads to an increase of 0.03 standard deviations in students’ test scores.” Studies using other data find similar results. A recurring pattern in these studies is a weaker relationship in middle-income countries or when students have less qualified teachers. (Few low-income countries participate in these particular international assessments and so are outside the sample, but extrapolating the principle that weaker instruction means fewer gains from increased time on task would suggest that the relationship might be even weaker in the lowest income environments.)

Still, there is evidence from middle-income countries that increasing instructional time (and, assuming that the proportion of time that teachers spend teaching does not change, that means an increase in time on task) does increase learning outcomes. This largely comes from evidence on lengthening school days. In Brazil, increasing instructional hours in math and language by 50 percent and 20 percent boosted test scores by roughly 0.2 standard deviations in each subject. A similar expansion of the school day in Mexico boosted both math and language test scores, with impacts growing over time–to between 0.11 and 0.14 standard deviations after five years.

That study also importantly shows that when studies of extending the school day don’t adjust for the fact that some children switch schools in order to access longer school days—e.g., children with resources to move or children whose families are highly motivated by education—they likely overestimate the impact of lengthening the school day. In Mexico, a failure to control would result in overestimating impact on math scores by 20 percent and on language scores by 60 percent.

There is variation in the impact of extending the school day across settings, but almost all studies of lengthening the school day find significant, positive impacts; and a recent review shows evidence that suggests that extending school hours is one of the interventions least subject to diminishing effects as the programs are scaled. Many of these interventions do not improve the quality of instruction; they just add time.

So simply giving children more instructional time often appears to boost their learning outcomes (at least a bit!), but that impact seems to be moderated by teacher quality. 

How much time on task is lost in low- and middle-income countries?

Lost teacher time on task can be broken down into three principal sources: teacher absences from school, teachers absences from the classroom conditional on being in school, and lost teaching time conditional on being in the classroom. Self-reported data from teachers across many countries suggest significant losses on all three fronts (Figure 1). Unannounced site visits to schools suggest even higher rates of teacher absence from the school and from the classroom than self-reported data: for example, teacher absences from school in Togo were reported to be 23 percent from site visits versus under 5 percent in self-reported data. (The measures of absence across the two studies aren’t exactly the same, but the differences are still suggestive.) Classroom observations demonstrate significant losses in classroom time even when teachers are present: across six countries in Latin America , as much as 20 percent of time alloted for teaching is lost, the equivalent of one less day of instruction per week. In Senegal , only 40 percent of teachers' time are spent on teaching, another 40 percent on classroom management, and the remaining 20 percent is time off-task.

The short answer is that a lot of time on task is lost, and it is lost on all fronts. The combination can be pretty striking: in Ghana , head teachers reported that pupils received 3.7 hours of reading instruction every week. But when researchers observed classes, it looked more like 2.4 hours. When you factor in both student and teacher absences, the time dropped even further to less than two hours a week, or about 23 minutes a day. This loss throughout the process points to the possibility that the best margin on which to tackle this challenge may be whichever margin offers the most scalable, cost-effective policy levers.

Figure 1: Even self-reports of teacher absences show significant time lost

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Source: Data are from the papers in the Time to Teach series that covers Côte d’Ivoire ( Conto, 2021 ), Ghana ( Akseer & Játiva, 2021 ), Liberia ( Peirolo & Játiva, 2021 ), Guinea-Bissau ( Nugroho, 2021 ), South Sudan ( Târlea et al., 2021 ), Zanzibar ( Han Yue et al., 2021 ), Eastern and Southern Africa ( Karamperidou et al., 2020 ), and West and Central Africa ( Játiva et al., 2022 ). Note: The Time to Teach series reports survey results from teachers in several Sub-Saharan African countries that capture teacher absenteeism across four dimensions: (i) absence from school; (ii) absence of punctuality (late arrival and/or early departure from school); (iii) absence from the classroom (while in school); (iv) absence from teaching (i.e., reduced time on task while in the classroom).

What tools do education systems have to boost time on task?

First, education systems may lengthen the school day. Lengthening the school day, as discussed above, tends to boost student learning outcomes. But while this is a relatively straightforward intervention, it is also an expensive one . However, it may be more cost-effective than it appears at first glance: longer school days mean households are more able to work and some studies show that longer school days reduced crime and adolescent pregnancy, so the economic and social gains may offset some of the expenditures.

Second, education systems can seek to reduce teacher absences. Teacher absences reflect systemic failures : teachers often report absences due to administrative and political tasks. Even when absences reflect attendance to personal needs, any apparent excess of those reflects a failure in workforce management. If you simply ask teachers how often they’re absent, many report official school business (Figure 2). And yes, one should take the reasons people give for their absences with several grains of salt. But qualitative studies corroborate this result.

Figure 2: While teachers most commonly report health problems as the reason for absence, official school business is the second or third most common reason in most countries

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Source: Data are from the papers in the Time to Teach series that covers Côte d’Ivoire ( Conto, 2021 ), Ghana ( Akseer & Játiva, 2021 ), Liberia ( Peirolo & Játiva, 2021 ), Guinea-Bissau ( Nugroho, 2021 ), South Sudan ( Târlea et al., 2021 ), Zanzibar ( Han Yue et al., 2021 ), Eastern and Southern Africa ( Karamperidou et al., 2020 ), and West and Central Africa ( Játiva et al., 2022 ). Note: The Time to Teach series reports survey results from teachers in several Sub-Saharan African countries that capture teacher absenteeism and their reasons for the absenteeism. Each respondent can choose multiple reasons for absenteeism.

How might education systems reduce such absences? A systematic review identified nine interventions. They include the use of cameras to monitor and reward teacher attendance in India or using parents to monitor teacher attendance three times a day in Peru, both of which interventions boosted teacher attendance and student learning outcomes, but neither of which was implemented at any sort of scale. In an effort to understand how this type of intervention might work at scale, researchers tested the use of video dramatizations depicting the problem of teacher absences and how parents could mobilize to address it. In the field, seeing these videos did boost parents’ willingness to take action, but the study did not gather evidence on either teacher absences or student performances, limiting how confident we can be of the approach. Guerrero et al.’s review finds little impact of less direct approaches of boosting teacher attendance—e.g., general efforts to boost community involvement in schools or teacher incentives for student performance.

A third area is whether better teaching tools (such as detailed teacher guides) or better teacher support (such as coaching) boost time on task. This could work either through reducing absences (either because teaching becomes easier or because coaching acts as informal monitoring) or through increased time on task conditional on being in the classroom (again, because teaching is easier with good tools). A superficial examination of evaluations of “structured pedagogy” interventions (i.e., usually a combination of student books, detailed teacher guides, with some training and coaching) shows mixed evidence on this front. One study in Nigeria found that a structured pedagogy intervention boosted teacher attendance. This area merits further exploration.

Other possible tools include school management and leadership interventions to help teachers use their time as effectively as possible, or more adjunct staff to handle non-teaching tasks. We have much more to learn; but we do have some tools to boost time on task with evidence behind them, even as we continue to grow the evidence base.

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Time and Schools: What the Research Says

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Alice sighed wearily. “I think you might do something better with the time,” she said, “than waste it in asking riddles that have no answers.”

“If you knew Time as well as I do,” said the Hatter, “you wouldn’t talk about wasting it. It’s him. ... Now, if you only kept on good terms with him, he’d do almost anything you liked with the clock.”

—Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

School leaders and teachers are constantly trying to extend time, wrangle time, squeeze more time—but all too often, the traditions and truisms about how schools should use time turn out to be as upside-down as a tea party in Wonderland.

In part because schools were originally designed on factory models of efficient time use, with academic credit measured in part through set seat time, education on the whole has equated more academic time with more learning.

This is true, but depends on how you measure it. The time students are engaged in learning tasks is associated with higher academic achievement, but it’s not endless; simply adding more and more can have small and diminishing returns over time.

Emerging research is highlighting some perhaps surprising ways that educators can rethink how they use time to support student learning.

Does a Double- or Triple-Dose Class Help Students Learn?

Intensive, “double-dose” math and reading blocks have become a popular intervention for struggling students, but the evidence on the intervention is somewhat limited.

Much of the research on doubled math and reading classes has centered on particular urban programs, such as those in Chicago and San Diego. One longitudinal study of Chicago students found a double-dose algebra class significantly improved students’ test scores , credits earned, and high school graduation rates, but the benefits partly depended on how differently teachers used the time than in a typical class. For example, the math block focused on verbally exploring math concepts, and the study found students with low reading skills saw the greatest benefits from the class.

But a Stanford University study of Miami middle schoolers found that short-term gains from participating in a double-block of math were halved a year later and completely gone by two; those researchers estimated that opportunity costs of missing other classes may outweigh students’ short-term math gains.

Grade level may matter, too. In San Diego, University of California researchers found a double-length “literacy block” and triple-length “literacy core” raised middle school students’ reading achievement significantly, but in high school, English- learners lost as much as 4.9 percentile points for every year they participated in the literacy blocks.

Breaking Better

Even if students do get recess, research suggests they can also benefit from shorter, frequent breaks during classtime to stretch, play, or just daydream.

One 2016 study found students in kindergarten through 4th grade showed better focus and time-on- task when teachers presented material in three 10-minute lessons, interspersed with brief calm breaks, than when they taught in a single 30-minute stretch.

This aligns with other studies that have found ratios of focus and rest of up to 15:5 minutes in elementary-age students and 30:5 minutes in secondary students.

Getting students’ heartbeat up during the breaks can improve their effectiveness, too. Other studies have found that active 10- or 20-minute exercise breaks improved students’ attention more than a quiet break or 5-minute “wriggle time.” And a large-scale international study found active, 30-minute breaks just before test periods were linked to average test scores 1.7 percent of a standard deviation higher than those of students who did not have a break.

How Much Does Morning Matter for Testing?

A lot can affect a student’s ability to remember what he’s learned and demonstrate what she knows and can do on a test, and studies find timing can play a significant role in performance.

In self-contained classrooms that can move around their subjects, there’s a case for moving tested subjects temporarily to the morning. A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looked at the standardized test performance of every child in Denmark, ages 8 to 15, from 2009-2013. Researchers found that for every hour later in the day that students took tests, their average performance dropped by nearly 1 percent of a standard deviation, with even stronger declines for older students and those tested in math.

Should We Bring Back Naptime?

By early elementary school, students are expected to be well weaned off the afternoon nap, and as academic demands increase in kindergarten, naptime has come under threat in even the earliest years of school. But to improve students’ memory, attention, behavior, and mental well-being, research suggests schools may benefit from allowing little siestas in older grades, not cutting them off earlier.

Ten percent to 33 percent of 5 and 6 year olds still need to take daily naps of 60 to 90 minutes, and doing so helps both preschool and elementary students’ brains mature in ways linked to critical thinking and memory, according to developmental research . But studies have also found that naps can boost teenagers’ memory more than a cram session and improve their verbal skills . Napping even helped offset —though not eliminate—cognitive and attention declines for chronically sleep-deprived teenagers (meaning pretty much all of them.)

Maybe teachers should reconsider waking the students dozing in study hall.

A version of this article appeared in the February 26, 2020 edition of Education Week as Research Notes

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Instructional time and classroom management

Quality education depends in part on having sufficient time for teaching and learning..

Schools need an adequate number of days and hours for instruction and well-trained teachers to deliver quality lessons, so that student engagement and learning is maximised. Factors that impact instructional time include: school schedules, teacher issues, classroom management and time-on-task, pre-service and in-service training and support, and the establishment of a school-wide disciplinary system.

Issues and Discussion

Supply and demand of instructional time: Schools should dedicate an adequate amount of time to teaching and learning—between 850 to 1,000 instructional hours spread across 180 to 220 days per school year at the primary level, and usually more for the secondary level.(1) In some contexts, the actual instructional time supplied does not keep pace with the demand from parents and communities due to delays in starting instruction, unplanned school closures, difficulties caused by poor school infrastructure, teacher and student absences, limited classroom management skills, excessive time given to testing and examinations, school strikes, and teacher retention issues.(1)(2)(3)(4)

Scheduling and attendance: The supply of instruction time can be improved by adhering to planned school start and end dates and other scheduling, and by ensuring accessibility to the school for both teachers and students to arrive on time.(1)(2)(4) School leaders can increase instructional time by observing teachers during instruction, developing and consistently enforcing teacher and student attendance policies, having regularly scheduled visits from inspectors, and improving school commitment through an incentives system.(1)(4)(7) The provision of in-service training, mentorship opportunities, and monitoring teacher satisfaction can also help to reduce teacher absenteeism and improve teacher motivation.

Classroom management and time-on-task: Classroom management skills are evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies used by teachers to construct an environment that supports and facilitates student learning, while enhancing the quality of instructional time and student time-on-task.(2)(8) Classroom management competencies associated with positive teaching and learning outcomes include: 1) maximising structure through teacher-directed activities and minimising physical classroom distractions , 2) posting, teaching, monitoring, and reinforcing expectations, and providing supervision and feedback, 3) directly engaging students and giving them opportunities to respond, and 4) using strategies that reinforce positive behaviours and redirect problem behaviours.(3)(4)(5)(8)

Pre-service training for improved instructional time: Instructional time and quality of delivery can be improved when teachers receive pre-service training that is inquiry- and research-based and focused on content-area knowledge, pedagogical skills, and delivering content to students in diverse and meaningful ways.(2)(6) Loss of instructional time can be caused by low self-efficacy to teach and use classroom management skills so it is important that competencies for effective classroom management be taught during pre-service training.(3) Successful pre-service training equips teachers to be effective in their use of instructional time, behaviour management skills, strategies to promote appropriate behaviours, and maximising classroom structure.(3)  These skills are evidenced when there is a flow to teacher instruction, when multiple sources of student’s learning are tapped into (including visual, auditory, and kinesthetic ), and when students are provided opportunities to contemplate, encode, and respond during lessons.(5)

In-service training and support for improved instructional time: Teacher skills and competencies that improve use of instructional time and classroom management should be reinforced through in-service training and a supportive school environment.(6) Teachers need a sense of collegial support as well as autonomy, flexibility, and ability to be creative when delivering lessons according to student needs.(6) Teachers are also more effective in using instructional time when they are committed to improving their competencies through continuing professional development opportunities.(1)(2)(4)(6) 

School-wide disciplinary systems for improving classroom management:  Loss of instructional time and issues with teacher retention can be caused by student discipline issues and lack of parent or school management support in disciplining problem behaviours.(1)(4)(8) Parent support and student behaviours improve when  school-wide disciplinary systems are co-developed with school councils, student groups, families, and community members.(5)(7) Effective disciplinary systems prevent, monitor, and address problem behaviours which are clearly articulated in a student and parent handbook .(5)(7) Disciplinary codes often outline rules for classroom attendance, permissible clothing, disciplinary options for students with and without exceptionalities, and the restrictions on weapons and drugs.(5)(7) Disciplinary systems should outline student’s responsibilities for engaging in appropriate behaviours and a process for students and parents to address disciplinary actions taken by schools.(7)(8) Effective disciplinary systems enlist strategies to promote student behaviour development, growth, and dignity rather than resorting to punitive forms of punishment.(5)(7)(8)

Inclusiveness and Equity

Students in low-income communities: Teacher burnout and turnover occurs most often in low-performing public schools located in low-income and high minority-represented communities.(4) Teacher training programs can improve instructional time in low-income communities by directly addressing the special challenges of teaching in these schools and giving teachers practical and effective strategies.(4)

Teachers living with HIV: The stigmatization, discrimination, absenteeism, and early retirement of teachers living with HIV impact instructional time loss in many countries with a high prevalence of the disease.(1) It is important that health and education sectors work together to ensure that school-based prevention and treatment efforts are provided along with adopted school policies to cultivate a school culture of acceptance and non-discriminatory attitudes, to plan for workplace safety, to develop strategies for reducing time lost due to teachers’ poor health, and to provide counselling and education for teachers and students.(1)

Plans and policies

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  • South Africa [ PDF ]
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  • Tanzania [ PDF ]
  • Abadzi, H. 2007. Absenteeism and beyond: Instructional time loss and consequences . The World Bank, Independent Evaluation Group.
  • Benavot, A., and Gad, L. 2004. Actual instructional time in African primary schools: Factors that reduce school quality in developing countries . Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education, 24 (3), 291-310.
  • Ficarra, L., and Quinn, K. 2014. Teachers’ facility with evidence-based classroom management practices: An investigation of teachers’ preparation programmes and in-service conditions . Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability, 16 (2), 71-87.
  • Johnson, S. M., Berg, J. H., and Donaldson, M. L. (2005). Who stays in teaching and why: A review of the literature on teacher retention . Boston: Harvard Graduate School of Education, Project on the Next Generation of Teachers.
  • Mayer, J. E. 2007. Creating a safe and welcoming school. Paris: UNESCO International Bureau of Education.
  • Musset, P. 2010. Initial teacher education and continuing training policies in a comparative perspective: Current practices in OECD countries and a literature review on potential effects . OECD Education Working Papers, No. 48, OECD Publishing.
  • UNESCO. 2006. Positive discipline in the inclusive, learning-friendly classroom: A guide for teachers and teacher educators . Bangkok: UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education.
  • Wubbels, T. 2011. An international perspective on classroom management: What should prospective teachers learn? Teaching Education (Special Issue: Classroom Management in Teacher Education), 22 (2), 113-131.

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20 Effective Time Management Strategies and Tools for Students

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Time Management Strategies including Pomodoro technique and timeboxing

One of the most important life skills for anyone to master is time management. Keeping track of everything that we have to do and carving out the time to get it all done can be a real struggle. Try these time management strategies and techniques, plus find helpful tools for staying on track.

General Time Management Strategies

Time management techniques, time management tools.

These time management strategies work for everyone, helping you set goals and prioritize, then set a schedule to get things done.

Visualize the big picture

2-page bullet journal spread showing a year-at-a-glance layout

Use a calendar of some type to lay out all your big-picture goals for a year, month, or week. Include major projects and assignments, as well as school and personal events. This is your place to get an overview of everything that’s on your plate. Keep items to broad descriptions: “History Project” or “Spring Play Opening Night.” You’ll get into the details next.

Break it down

Comic with first panel showing a person with tasks separated in smaller tasks, and the second panel showing a giant rock labeled

The next step is to take major projects and assignments and break them down into smaller, more manageable parts. This is an incredibly effective way to overcome that feeling of “I’ll never get this all done!” It also prevents procrastinating on an entire project until the very last minute. Set smaller, more manageable goals with their own due dates in advance of a complete project or event.

For example, imagine your big-picture calendar says “History Project Due Feb. 23.” Breaking that down could look like this:

  • Choose topic and presentation method: Jan. 9
  • Initial research: Jan. 10-30
  • Presentation outline: Jan. 31
  • Write presentation script: Feb. 1-5
  • Create visual aids: Feb. 6-12
  • Rehearse presentation: Feb. 13
  • Fine-tune presentation: Feb 14-16
  • Final rehearsals: Feb. 17
  • Give history presentation: Feb. 23

At first, this method might feel a little overwhelming, because it may make you feel like there’s too much to get done. But as you use it, you’ll see how it can actually make you feel more prepared and in control, and make your time easier to manage.

Determine priorities

Sometimes it’s simply true: You don’t have enough time in a day to get all the things done that you’d like to. That’s where setting priorities becomes vital. In the “Time Management Techniques” section below, you’ll find several different ideas for determining the priority of different items on your lists.

Once you’ve figured out which items are the most important, try a color-coding system to indicate which items get a higher priority. This will help you identify at a glance what you need to do now and what can wait until another day.

Make daily to-do lists

Simple task list in a bullet journal with scheduled items and to-do items in columns

Make it a habit to start each day by creating a to-do list. (Not a morning person? You can do this the night before too.) Include high-priority items, as well as things you’d like to do but may not have to complete. Throughout the day, as you complete an item, revisit your list and check it off. It’s incredibly satisfying to cross things off, and checking in with your list a few times a day ensures you don’t forget important things.

Limit multitasking

Today’s world places a lot of value on multitasking (doing several things at once). But when you’re doing multiple things at the same time, you’re probably not doing any of them well. So keep your multitasking to a minimum. When it’s time to work on something, set your focus to that particular thing. Other stuff can wait.

But some multitasking is OK. For instance, you might throw your clothes in the washing machine, then work on your math homework while waiting for them to be ready for the dryer. Later on, you could fold and put away the laundry while practicing conjugating Spanish verbs out loud. This type of multitasking works because the physical tasks are ones that don’t require much concentration, leaving your brain free for academic subjects.

On the other hand, avoid something like trying to listen to a podcast for your history class while also doing your math homework. Your attention won’t be fully on each, and your learning will suffer.

Remove distractions

Comic showing a student trying to study amidst a variety of distractions

Some people are capable of deep focus no matter what’s going on around them. Most of us, though, need to find ways to remove distractions when it’s time to get down to work. Here are some examples to try:

  • Turn off your phone, or set it to alert you only in case of emergencies.
  • Wear noise-cancelling headphones or earplugs to block out distracting sounds. A white-noise machine or app can help with this too.
  • Close miscellaneous tabs in your web browser (like social media or news sites), and use only the tabs you need for your work.
  • Go into a quiet room and shut the door. Ask friends and family not to disturb you.
  • Check your to-do list before you start to make sure you’re on track. Then, clear your mind of other projects or tasks, and focus on what’s at hand.

Do an end-of-day review

At the end of each day, sit down with your to-do list. Was there anything you didn’t get to? Move it to another day. Did you feel too rushed today? Think about how you might make tomorrow run a bit more smoothly. Where do you stand in terms of your big-picture goals? Take a few minutes to adjust any plans accordingly.

Try a time audit

It’s OK if you don’t get to everything on your list every day. But if you find that there’s never enough time to get things done, you might benefit from a time audit. Over the period of a week or two, write down exactly how you spend your time, hour by hour. Then, look it over and see if you can identify problem areas. You might need to cut down on some optional activities and give that time to high-priority items instead. Learn how to do a time audit here.

The time management strategies we’ve talked about so far are general ways to stay on track and get stuff done. But there are multiple ways to approach some of these strategies, especially when it comes to actually settling down to work. Check out these popular time management techniques and choose one or more that seem right for you.

Eisenhower Decision Matrix

Eisenhower's four part matrix for determining the priority of tasks

President Eisenhower developed this matrix and used it to help him prioritize his tasks. He looked at each item to evaluate it by importance and urgency, then broke them into four categories:

  • Do First: These are urgent, important tasks with high priority.
  • Schedule: These are important tasks that aren’t quite as urgent.
  • Delegate: You may be able to delegate less important but still urgent tasks to someone else.
  • Don’t Do: These non-urgent, unimportant items can be eliminated entirely or postponed indefinitely.

Here are some possible student examples for each category:

  • Do First: Homework that’s due tomorrow takes top priority, as might doing laundry if you’re out of clean clothes.
  • Schedule: Set aside time (see Time Blocking) for smaller parts of long-term projects, such as research time or writing an outline. That could be today or one day in the near future.
  • Delegate: Students aren’t always able to delegate their tasks, but they can ask for help. For example, if your schedule is incredibly tight, you could ask your dad if he’d be willing to throw your clothes in the dryer when the washer is done.
  • Don’t Do: These are often bad habits you need to break, like surfing the web aimlessly instead of working, or texting your friends for hours instead of doing your chores.

Find out much more about the Eisenhower Matrix and how to use it for time management strategies here.

ABCDE Method

ABCDE method of prioritizing tasks, from Must-Do (A) to Eliminate (E)

This is another time management strategy for prioritizing the tasks at hand. Assign each item a letter:

  • A: Highest priority
  • B: Should do soon, if not today
  • C: Could do, but no serious consequences if not done
  • D: Delegate or ask for help
  • E: Eliminate from your list

This is very similar to the Eisenhower Matrix, with a little more flexibility around should-dos and could-dos. Learn more about the ABCDE method here.

Most Difficult First (Eat That Frog)

Eat That Frog: Choose the hardest task, the one you're most likely to procrastinate, and do it first

This method is based on a quote often attributed to Mark Twain: “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”

In other words, don’t put off the biggest, hardest tasks. Get them out of the way first. Then, everything else you have to do will seem easy in comparison.

For some people, though, this concept can be counterproductive. If you’re already feeling overwhelmed, tackling something extremely difficult can be too much and cause you to shut down entirely. In that case, it’s just fine to choose smaller, simpler items. The key is to make progress, one step at a time.

Pomodoro Technique

Graphic explanation of the Pomodoro technique method of time management

The Pomodoro Technique is a simple time management method: You work for 25 minutes at a time, then take a 5-minute break to rest and recharge. Simply set a timer for 25 minutes, and focus on one single task until it goes off. Then, you can spend 5 minutes stretching, resting your eyes, or checking your social media feeds. When the 5 minutes are up, set the timer for another 25 minutes, and get back to work. If you do four 25-minute sessions in a row, take a longer break afterwards. Learn more about the Pomodoro Technique here.

Clockify app screen showing times for work and break

If 25 minutes seems too short and you’d like a little more uninterrupted time, try Flowtime instead. This stretches out both the work and break time proportionally. If you work for 25-50 minutes, take an 8-minute break. For 50-90 minutes, you get a 10-minute break. And if you’ve been at it for more than 90 minutes, take 15 minutes to recharge. Learn about Flowtime here.

Explanation of a timebox, a type of time management tool

Parkinson’s Law says that work will always expand to fill the amount of time available. Timeboxing seeks to shrink tasks back to the size they truly need to be. When you timebox, you set a specific amount of time for a task and complete it within that time.

In other words, you might look over your study planner and decide that you need one hour for tonight’s geometry and chemistry assignments, plus you’d like to spend another hour working on your English essay.

Set a timer and work on your geometry and chemistry for an hour, with no other distractions. When the timer goes off, reassess and adjust your goals as needed. Since you have to finish that homework tonight, you’ll probably need to add more time if you’re not finished.

Your English essay isn’t due for two weeks, though, so if you’ve boxed out one hour for working on it today, that’s all you need to do. Set a timer, determine your goals for day, and get to work. When the timer goes off, you’re done for today.

Here’s more on timeboxing.

Time Blocking

A calendar showing an example of time blocking for a student's week

This method is similar to timeboxing, but it involves setting blocks of time aside on your calendar for specific tasks. For example, you might block out 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day for daily homework, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. for working on your biology research paper, and 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for piano practice. Some people like to start each day by blocking time out on their calendar, figuring out how they’ll make the most of their time. Find out more about time blocking here.

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Once you’ve selected some time management strategies to try, you’ll find plenty of tools to help make them work. Check out these top time management tools for students, from planners to timers and beyond.

Student Planners

Traditional paper planners come in a variety of styles, with some made especially for students. The most important thing is to choose one you’ll actually use, and keep it on hand at all times. See our selection of the top student planners here.

Planner Apps

Planner apps and online calendars are nice because you have access to them everywhere you go. For students, we really like:

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See more details on each of these here, plus more options.

Study Planners

Study planners are specific to academics, and they are a simple way to keep track of both short-term and long-term assignments, projects, and more. Check out these free printable options:

  • Develop Good Habits: Study Planner
  • Alex Marie: Weekly Assignments Due
  • Sophia Lee: Homework Planner Pack

Time Management Apps

Planner apps are a good start, but other time management apps can help you stay on track by eliminating distractions or setting time limits. Here are a few to try:

  • Pomofocus : A free online 25–5 timer with the ability to add a task list for each work segment
  • Rize : An AI productivity coach that uses time tracking to improve your focus and build better work habits
  • Forest : Eliminate distractions, stay on task, and grow a digital forest to celebrate your achievements

Bullet Journal

Bullet journaling has a lot of benefits, and some page setups are especially good for time management:

  • Daily Schedule
  • Project Planner
  • Study Tracker

Check out our big roundup of bullet journal ideas here.

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1. Time helps keep the task at hand for the students.

2. Time limits help keep the educator organized and divides time well for students and more topics for learning. 

3. Time can make a concrete structure for how the class will be taught and that with time cut-offs, students can learn more topics after the time has gone up, instead of lingering and spanning out the time to make things easier which is not the case.

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Interviewer: [Music] I want you to take about three minutes. I’m gonna give you three minutes.

Time limits help keep the kids focused on the task at hand. I’m also big about having the time visible and checkin’ in with kids. “How much time do ya have left?” They should be able to tell me, “I have five minutes,” “I have two minutes.”

How much time do ya have left?

Interviewee: [Crosstalk 00:26] Forty seconds.

Interviewer: Put your last comment or question down, please.

If there’s no structure and there’s no expectation for them, the kids will take advantage of that. “Oh, we need two more minutes. We need ten more minutes.” They know, “Okay, I have five minutes to accomplish this. I need to be efficient, and I need to be productive.” It helps us get through everything that we need to do smoothly.

All right, your time is up. Let’s come back together and see what you’ve come up with.

Time limits help keep me organized. It helps with my pacing. It lets me know if I’ve given kids ten minutes to complete a task, I can divide up my time. If I know I need to get to five particular kids in the room or I need to see three groups that are in the room, I know the time that I have to complete that. [Music]

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Student lives today are characterized by much pressure, hectic schedules and never-ending to-do lists. Having to learn how to manage school and life can be stressful. At the same time crossing tasks off to-do lists brings profound pleasure. What lies beneath this satisfaction is more than just one less thing to do. A body-felt sense of completion and the relief completion brings is deeply rooted in human psychology and has far-reaching effects on well-being.

In this blog post, we’ll delve into the science behind task completion and its benefits. We’ll also share why task completion is core to our Grid work-life balance method that students find super helpful.

Dopamine: The Brain’s Reward System at Play

One of the central characteristics of task completion is how good it feels to get something done. Finishing tasks triggers the release of a neurotransmitter called dopamine, often referred to as the “feel-good” chemical. It’s the brain’s natural reward signal. When we complete tasks, whether they’re as mundane as tidying up the house or as ambitious as finishing a class assignment or a thesis, our brains respond with a surge of dopamine creating a feel-good state. Can you remember the last time you experienced it?

Motivation and Personal Growth

Task completion is a powerful source of motivation. The sense of achievement fuels our desire to tackle new challenges and set new and higher goals. Have you ever found yourself stuck? How did this impact your thoughts, feelings and motivation to keep going? What did you focus on and how did that impact your motivation?

Motivation is a vital component of overall well-being. Without it, we can feel a bit lost and low in mood. As we complete what we’ve set out to do or need to get done, we build self-efficacy—the belief in our ability to accomplish goals. And, our confidence and motivation steadily grow. 

Sense of Achievement as Natural Confidence Boost

Accomplishing tasks, regardless of their complexity, offers a profound sense of achievement. Each task completed serves as a validation of our competence and capabilities. It’s a reminder that we are, indeed, capable of achieving results and getting closer to realizing our goals. Completion then enhances our self-esteem and confidence. 

Bandura’s Self-Agency Theory proposes that self-efficacy is linked with achievement. Those with high efficacy are more likely to set challenging goals and persist in the face of difficulties. When one believes one can achieve specific tasks, one also has greater motivation to give things a go. Think of the last time you achieved a goal that mattered to you. How did it make you feel about yourself?

Stress Reduction: Easing Mental and Physical Tension

Unfinished tasks create a cloud of stress and anxiety, as they constantly linger in the background, reminding us of their presence. The Zeigarnik Effect, coined after Russian psychologist Bluma Zeigarnik, offers a fascinating insight into the human mind. It suggests that our brains tend to remember uncompleted or interrupted tasks more vividly than completed ones. This creates a sense of mental tension that spills into muscle tension and tiredness.

When we complete a task, we create space in our minds and lightness in our bodies. The result? A feeling of relief and clarity. How stressed do you feel when you have a lot on your plate versus the times when you have gotten on top of things and got everything under control?

A Clear Mental Canvas: Creativity and Reflection

Unfinished tasks clutter our mental space, limiting our capacity for creativity, problem-solving, and self-reflection. Task completion clears this space, making room for more profound thinking as well as vital time for self-care. These in turn enrich our overall well-being, help us function well and reinforce confidence that we can manage well. Setting smaller goals is a proven way to bring about the feeling of achievement, and improve self-efficacy. 

In summary, completing tasks helps us become clear thinkers, confident adults and optimistic creative shapers of our lives. Now that we know the benefits of task completion, how can we get more things completed in practice? Below are practical ways to help you master completion based on our Grid work-life balance method.

Grid-inspired and Proven Strategies for Task Completion

  • Get clear on tasks to complete to keep self-efficacy high and prevent overwhelm.
  • Set realistic daily, weekly, monthly and yearly goals to sustain your motivation and sense of achievement and ensure you don’t set yourself up to fail by trying to achieve more than is humanly possible. You may want to consider things like your priorities, core values, contextual factors as well as effective strategies or learning from the past.
  • Divide and Conquer : Larger tasks are daunting. By breaking them into smaller, manageable steps, i.e. tasks we make it easy to get started, and complete in realistic time bursts will give you more opportunities for that sense of achievement and dopamine hit.
  • Focus on tasks that positively change your body state such as exercise. You’d be surprised at how they will move you forward by changing how you feel and helping your mind find solutions.  This way you can build instant momentum and look after your whole self.
  • Cultivate balance between tasks that support your personal growth , refuel your energy and help you ace assignments and work projects.  Put another way ensure you give time to support your mind, heart, body and spirit.
  • Use lists but cluster them by theme. To-do lists are not just brilliant organizational tools; they are visual representations of your progress and accomplishments. But one giant list is a daunting prospect. Instead, create four lists around what your life, school, work and you need within a specific time frame to have a personal menu map that keeps you clear, focused and accomplished. 
  • Mark and celebrate achievements : Don’t underestimate the value of acknowledging and celebrating each task you complete. Reward yourself for your efforts; you’ve earned it. In our Grid method, we recommend using highlighters to mark tasks you completed as well as adding celebration or reward specific tasks to your self-care list.  
  • Address self-care by giving this area a dedicated to-do list: Being able to stay calm and focused is key. Grid technique helps this by making self-care a priority and giving it space. Whether you hit the gym, do some mindful breathing, or call your bestie., make room to care for you. It will make you more effective overall, help you manage your mood and improve your creativity.

Concluding remarks

The science of task completion reveals that achieving tasks goes beyond mere productivity, it’s a profound psychological journey that influences our well-being in tangible ways. The effects are also cumulative. By incorporating the practical strategies above, you can actively boost your confidence, self-efficacy, happiness and fulfillment.

Task completion is not just about doing more. It is about making your life more organized and easy to manage. This means you get to feel on top of things more often. Getting things done by tapping into the power and psychology of completion is a practical way of nurturing your well-being and confidence, preparing you for the next step whilst helping you enjoy the present moment.  

What task will make you do a little happy dance once completed? Go for it and if this blog helped you let us know.

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Further reading sources

  • Austin, J. T., & Vancouver, J. B. (1996). Goal Constructs in Psychology: Structure, Process, and Content. Psychological Bulletin, 120(3), 338–375. 7.
  • Bandura, A. (1997). Self-efficacy: The exercise of control. W. H. Freeman/Times Books/Henry Holt & Co. 8.
  • Fredrickson, B. L. (2001). The role of positive emotions in positive psychology: The broaden-and-build theory of positive emotions. American Psychologist, 56(3), 218–226.
  • Locke, E. A., & Latham, G. P. (2002). Building a practically useful theory of goal setting and task motivation: A 35-year odyssey. American Psychologist, 57(9), 705–717
  • Schultz, W. (2007). Dopamine, learning, and reward-seeking behavior. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1104, 36–47.
  • Zeigarnik, B. (1927). On finished and unfinished tasks. Psychological Research, 9(1), 1–85.

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10 Time Management Activities For High School Students

Are you a high schooler struggling to complete assignments and projects on time?

It is very common to find students, especially high schoolers juggling multiple responsibilities and commitments that they are not able to complete their tasks on time. They have so much on their plate which makes it difficult for them to organize and manage their to-do list. As a consequence, they are not able to meet deadlines and end up in a chaos of assignments, projects, assessments, and many more.

During high school, It becomes crucial for students to learn to strike a balance between their academic and personal commitments. To practice so, activities can come to the rescue. These can help in bringing creativity and innovation to the classroom all the while learning to manage time. 

This article presents you with a compilation of different activities that can be easily employed in order to learn to optimize their time, achieve greater productivity, and reduce unnecessary stress. Activities can help students develop a sense of control over their daily routines and prepare themselves for success both in school and beyond.

Innovative activities to teach time management to high school students 

1. the real office.

The Real Office

High school students are on the path to building a better future with further academics and networking. The activity focuses on facing the real world with time management skills.

  • Choose two captains for the team
  • Let captains select their teams including 5 members 
  • Now, each team is an official team wherein the captain becomes the boss who manages different departments
  • Give different types of tasks to the boss and ask him/her to complete them within a given time frame 
  • The tasks could be writing a poem, getting a few things from other teachers, finding some books from the library, and so on
  • The challenge is for the boss to delegate tasks according to expertise so time is taken into account

As high schoolers turn into employees, they are more likely to understand how managing time in a corporate life works. This activity also promotes team building and time management through strict deadlines for tasks.

2. Hunt for Time!

Hunt for Time!

The activity is designed to help high school students practice time management skills through a fun and interactive scavenger hunt theme.

  • Start by dividing the class into small teams of 3-4 students each
  • Assign points to different elements in the scavenger hunt
  • It can include getting a certain book from the library, learning a certain answer, writing an essay, or finding a leaf from the school ground
  • The task is to strategize and prioritize the hunting process to maximize points in the minimum time
  • As the activity ends, calculate points and assess the student’s learning about time 

This activity can be modified to suit different class sizes, time frames, and skill levels. You can also encourage the students to create unique time management hunt ideas to add to the list.

3. Be the Auditor!

Be the Auditor!

Time Management starts with reflecting on one’s everyday behavior and interaction with the surroundings. This activity throws light on first recognizing the shortcomings on a personal level.

  • Start by introducing the concept of time auditing 
  • Ask the students to keep track of their activities for one day
  • They should record the time spent on each activity and a brief description of what they did
  • Ask the students to review their activity log and calculate the total time spent on each activity
  • They can also categorize their activities into different groups, such as schoolwork, leisure or socializing
  • Ask the students to reflect on their activity log and identify areas to improve their time management
  • For example, they may notice that they spend too much time on social media or watching TV and not enough time studying or exercising
  • Finally, ask the students to share their insights and strategies with the class 

This activity can help high school students become more aware of how they spend their time and identify areas for improvement. It also encourages them to set specific goals and develop a plan. Furthermore, this can also be an interesting back-to-school activity for the kids. 

4. Pomodoro Technique

Pomodoro Technique

The activity involves introducing the Pomodoro Technique to the students and explaining how it works. The Pomodoro Technique involves breaking work into intervals of 25 minutes, followed by a short break of 5 minutes.

  • Explain how to set the timer or stopwatch to 25 minutes for work and 5 minutes for breaks
  • Group the students into teams
  • Give each group an assignment to do within a certain amount of time. 
  • Ask the students to apply the Pomodoro Technique to finish the work, which might be anything from creating a marketing strategy to redesigning a brand’s logo.
  • Work should be done for 25 minutes, followed by a 5-minute break, and so on until the assignment is finished
  • Ask the students to consider their experience with the Pomodoro Technique after the assignment is finished

As high school students are on their way to deciding careers or further studies, introduction to such techniques is a smart way to make them aware and confident.

5. Jigsaw Puzzle

Jigsaw Puzzle

Jigsaw puzzles have been used in various time management activities. This activity also focuses on team building and managing time in an efficient manner.

  • To conduct this activity, take a big Jigsaw puzzle
  • Divide the students into teams and each team shall have the puzzle
  • After this, ask them to start making the puzzle without having the big picture
  • They need to strategize, learn, and come up with their own creativity to solve the puzzle in the minimum possible time.

With this activity, students learn to communicate with their team members while ensuring to complete the puzzle in the minimum possible time. It helps them bring their leadership skills as it is a deadline-oriented task. Hence, this can also be a fun leadership activity for young adults. 

6. The Matrix Fun!

The Matrix Fun!

High school students are often concerned about their multiple tasks and make mistakes in prioritizing them. This activity involves proper allocation of tasks in hand.

  • Introduce the concept of a task matrix and its importance in managing time effectively
  • Draw a grid on the board with four quadrants: Urgent and Important , Important but Not Urgent, Urgent but Not Important , and Not Urgent and Not Important
  • Ask the students to brainstorm a list of all the tasks they need to complete in the upcoming week
  • Write them on sticky notes or index cards
  • Provide each student with a set of sticky notes
  • Ask the students to categorize their tasks by placing them in the appropriate quadrant on the board
  • Set a timer for 10-15 minutes and ask the students to prioritize the tasks in each quadrant 
  • They should focus on completing the tasks in the Urgent and Important quadrants first, followed by the tasks in the Important but Not Urgent quadrant
  • Ask the students to reflect on their task matrix and identify any tasks that can be eliminated or delegated

As students get an opportunity to actually assign their tasks into quadrants, they are more likely to understand the importance of prioritizing tasks and managing time effectively.

7. Reflect and Realize 

Reflect and Realize 

The objective of this activity is to help high school students experience the consequences of poor time management and develop strategies for managing their time more effectively

  • Divide the student’s teams of 4 members each
  • Explain that each group will be given a worksheet with a scenario and a set amount of time to complete the task
  • It could be a creative scenario to find a solution or a corporate-level issue kind of scenario 
  • Set a timer for the given amount of time, and ask the groups to work on their task
  • At the end of the time limit, ask the groups to stop working and reflect on their progress
  • Ask them to identify any areas where they struggled and any strategies they used to manage their time effectively

As students exchange their sheets, they realize the importance of managing time effectively to complete a given task. It also helps them reflect their behavior towards time.

8. Clap Clap!

Clap Clap!

The subjective understanding of time often differs from practicality. This activity is all about getting to know how time works for different people.

  • To conduct this activity, ask students to hide all clocks and watches in the classroom
  • Now, blindfold them and let them sit 
  • Ask them to mentally calculate two minutes and clap when they feel 2 minutes are over
  • Make sure to record the process to explain later.

As students count and clap at different timings, it shows how everyone assumes time in a different way. Students may also learn about the importance of mental math calculations and perceptions toward time.

9. Classify and Discuss!

Classify and Discuss!

Time management also focuses on prioritizing and strategizing before taking any task in hand. This is a challenging activity wherein students need to understand if a certain task is actually important. 

  • To conduct this activity, divide students into teams of 2 members each
  • Now, ask students different scenarios and they need to classify them either as Time Teacher or Time Waster  
  • For example, if the scenario is about playing for 3 hours in a day, both teams need to classify if it is a time teacher or time waster
  • In case both teams have opposite views on a particular scenario, they are free to discuss it wherein other students can also join

This activity is about understanding how different tasks are prioritized differently by students. It helps them set time smartly and learn about setting priorities. 

10. Stranded on an Island 

Stranded on an Island

Any situation in life demands the right usage of timing and decision-making skills. This theme-based activity enables students to form teams and understand the criticality of different situations.

  • To conduct this activity, make a scenario where students are stranded on an island
  • Now, give them a long list of materials that are available on an island
  • Within 2 minutes, they need to decide what is essential and what is not essential to make their way out from the island
  • Invite an open discussion about how they manage to think about the solution in 2 minutes

When students are set in a pressured environment, they are more likely to manage that time wisely. The activity helps them understand the importance of choosing the right resources in a time-sensitive situation.

Final Word 

Grasping the important skill of time management might be there on every high schooler’s bucket list. Time management activities offer a comprehensive learning experience as they involve various aspects of organizing, planning, and decision-making. Right from being creatively smart to practically analytical, the activities offer a package of knowledge on time management.

Along with the above-mentioned activities, teachers should try creating a diversified learning environment through different platforms. Online games and productivity applications for time management can also be significantly influential for high schoolers. Teachers should note that their suggestions and open discussions help students with time management in everyday life.

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It can seem impossible for students to tackle everything on their to-do lists. Between school, chores, extracurriculars, relationships, and sleep, their plates are piled up. Help your kids learn to handle life’s demands by teaching them to manage their time wisely. In this blog, we’re sharing ten time management strategies to help students fulfill their responsibilities with less stress.

10 Time Management Strategies for Students

Does your student struggle to accomplish tasks on time? Or perhaps they don’t prioritize tasks appropriately? Try out these ten time management strategies at school or home!

1. Make a Plan

Get into the habit of helping your kids learn to plan out their days. Buy an agenda planner for them to record assignments and important notes in. Then, teach them how to use it effectively and determine what information to write down. 

Until your child gets used to using a planner regularly, set aside time either in the morning or the night before to prepare for the day ahead. Of course, the day probably won’t go exactly as planned, but at least your child will have an idea of what they should aim to accomplish.

2. Prioritize Tasks

Once your child has created a plan for their day, the next step is to prioritize their tasks. At first, you’ll have to help them determine which to-do items are most urgent, then explain that those are the tasks they should do first. 

The ABC Method is a simple and effective technique to manage tasks. Simply look at the to-do items in your planner and label each one with either an A, B, or C. 

  • A : The task needs to be done today
  • B : It would be ideal to complete the task today
  • C : The task can be pushed to tomorrow, if needed

“A” tasks should be tackled first, as they are most time-sensitive, followed by “B” and “C” tasks.

3. Remove Distractions

In order to get all of the priority tasks done on their to-do list, your child will have to be diligent with their time and avoid things that inhibit productivity. You can help them be proactive by minimizing distractions in their work area. Turn off the television, silence cell phones, and use technology wisely. 

Additionally, be sure to teach your children how to identify when they’re distracted and get themselves back on track. For example, if they can’t stop looking out the window when they should be writing an essay, they could close the blinds or move into another room to focus better.

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4. Use Timers to Stay on Track

Time blocking is another great strategy for maintaining focus. Help your student organize their day by breaking it up into blocks of time and using a timer to keep track. The amount of time that your child spends on a task will vary based on their needs and age. 

For example, maybe your student has to read a chapter and answer five reading comprehension questions. Tell them you’re going to set a timer for 30 minutes (or however long you feel is appropriate based on your child’s age and attention span), and that they should stay on task until the time is up. Keep the timer somewhere they can easily see it, that way they’re always aware how much time they have left until moving on.

5. Take Breaks

Focusing on one task for a long period of time can be draining, especially for young children. So, be sure to provide your child with frequent, short breaks throughout the day between each time block. This will help release pent up energy and “recharge their batteries” before moving onto the next task.

6. Make Transitions Smooth

Knowing when and how to switch gears is another key time management strategy, and having smooth transitions between tasks really helps to keep your students on track. Students thrive when they know what to expect, so we recommend giving them notice when they’re about to move on to a new task. 

For example, if you block off 30 minutes of time for reading, be sure to let your child know that they’ll get a five-minute break after that time block, then they’ll be working on a math assignment for 30 minutes after the break. 

If your student has a hard time transitioning from task to task, give them frequent reminders like, “we’re going to stop reading and take a break in 10 minutes.” It may also be helpful to post a schedule somewhere they can reference throughout the day.

7. Determine Productive Time Windows

People are most productive at different times. Some are firing on all cylinders first thing in the morning, while others need to ease into their day and are ready to tackle tasks in the afternoon. Help your student figure out when they are most productive and take advantage of those optimal times by doing the most involved tasks then.

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8. Avoid Procrastination

Procrastination is a common obstacle for those who struggle with time management. If your child tends to procrastinate, get to the root of WHY they avoid certain tasks. Do they understand what’s being asked of them? Are they feeling overwhelmed or anxious? Do they simply dislike the subject or task at hand? Have a gentle discussion with your child and determine possible solutions together.

Another way you can avoid procrastination is by encouraging your student to begin working on tasks early. Review upcoming deadlines together on a weekly basis and update planners so they don’t end up waiting until the last minute.

9. Break Projects into Chunks

Projects can be overwhelming for students who struggle to manage their time. Make larger tasks more manageable by breaking them up into chunks. Then, set goals together. For example, if your child has a research paper due at the end of the month, set dates that they should have a certain number of pages completed by. Then, check in with them throughout the month to make sure they’re keeping up.

10. Focus on One Thing At a Time

Students’ work can suffer when they focus on too many tasks at once. It’s easier to make silly mistakes when attention is split. To avoid this issue, we suggest encouraging your child to dedicate their full attention to one thing at a time rather than multitasking. Concentrated focus for shorter periods of time will produce higher quality work.

Time management is an important skill for students to master. Not only does it help them maintain their schedules effectively, but it also helps reduce feelings of anxiety and stress that can impact their health. And because it’s a skill that’s used throughout life, forming a strong foundation will serve them well now and in the future.

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This is guest article by Lori Wade

Time is very vital in everything we do. For many teachers, lack of time is the main reason why they were not able to deal with their student's specific needs. So, every time the teacher and students meet, it should be worthwhile and productive. Along with this, teachers are finding ways how they can reduce unnecessary downtime and optimize the learning process. 

Typically, a teacher has only one and half-hour to meet with her students. So, if each day she loses five minutes of quality time with her students, it will equate to fifteen hours wasted for a 180 day school year. Those time spent could have made a difference for each student, especially for those who are struggling learners. 

Teachers should focus on the “ time on task (PDF) ”. It is the amount of time the teachers and learners spend on school-related activities. Some studies proved that schools that give importance to time on task have a high number of students that excel academically. 

To help teachers maximize student learning time and reduce downtime and improve time on task, below are some of the strategies that they can follow:

Plan and Prepare and Practice

Yes, many teachers are aware of this, but are they doing it correctly? If you will meet your students for one and a half hours, make sure to plan a productive activity that will consume the time given. Under-planning is not a good idea. 

Let’s say a teacher plans a one-hour activity only, and the students were able to finish it within 45 minutes, and you failed to prepare extra activities for them, you will be wasting around 45 minutes in a day. If the teacher has been practicing this and repeating the same plan throughout the school year, it means the students have spent their 135 hours in school doing nothing. 

Teachers should practice over-planning as it will help the students more. Also, in order not to waste time, the teachers should always come early and prepare their materials before the students arrive. 

Some teachers overlooked the importance of practice. One of the essential components of planning and preparing is practice. Teachers can resolve any issues that might go along the way during the class if they practice the lessons and activities beforehand.

Develop Efficient Learning Methods

The secret for active and efficient students is a well-organized and effective learning method. Teachers who do their job well, like getting all students to participate in class activities and make sure the learning procedures are being implemented as planned, can produce better students. Some of the activities include submitting assignments on time, completing group works, and others. 

Proper Transition

Transitions take place when you switch from lesson or activity to another. If done wrongly, the learning process is reduced. On the other hand, if the transition is executed correctly, the teachers will be able to teach their students well. The transition is also one way for teachers to take back the valuable time wasted. 

Transition includes changing one class to another. Students should learn to carry the right materials for their next class, be in their designated seats, and be ready for the next subject before the class period begins. 

Maintain Supremacy in the Classroom

Because of having poor management skills, teachers lose some valuable instructional time with their students. Some teachers get too close to their students that they allow them to take time to prepare for the next lesson and let time slip away.

Having less control in the classroom and spending more time on correcting their students rather than teaching them is such a waste of time. If the teachers can develop effective classroom management skills where learning is given importance, students will respect them more. Thus, procedures are set and followed, and expectations are met.

Focus on the Task

Teachers get distracted easily and turned away from the topic. Some students are skilled in doing this. They can easily get the teacher's attention and engage them is a senseless discussion not related to the subject matter. To reduce such incidence and maximize student learning time, teachers should remain in control of the classroom environment. 

Provide Clear and Brief Directions

Students can easily follow you if you provide a clear and to the point directions. The instructions should be easy to understand and straightforward. Confusing or poorly structured directions can make the lesson hard to understand and will turn the learning environment into complete anarchy. It can take away essential learning time and disrupts the learning process. 

Well-Structured directions are given in different formats written and verbally. Some teachers allow some students to summarize the directions before presenting them to the class and get the activity started. 

Final Thoughts 

The effective way of increasing student’s time-on-task is by enhancing the teacher’s strategy in teaching and understanding. Teachers should develop high-quality teaching focused on providing clear and easy to understand instructions and proper classroom management. 

Based on research, improving teacher’s time management techniques is a good start. To help them track their time, they can search for an efficient tool like the time tracking for basecamp .

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45 Time Management Tips for Students (Advice From a Lifelong Straight-A Student)

Updated on June 1, 2023 By Daniel Wong 46 Comments

Time management tips for students

Everyone gets the same 24 hours each day.

Albert Einstein, Mother Teresa, Isaac Newton, Eleanor Roosevelt, Leonardo da Vinci – they all had 24 hours a day, just like you and me.

What enabled them to lead such significant lives?

They managed their time well.

This article is all about effective time management tips for students.

As a student, I got straight A’s while sleeping eight hours a night, and graduated from Duke University with a GPA of 3.98/4.0.

(I don’t say this to boast, because education definitely isn’t only about getting straight A’s!)

But given that so many students ask me to share time management tips with them, I decided to compile the best ones I know.

By putting the tips in this article into practice, you’ll become more focused and less stressed.

You’ll have more time to do meaningful things outside of school too!

So let’s take a look at the 45 tips.

Enter your email below to download a PDF summary of this article. The PDF contains all the tips found here, plus  5 exclusive bonus tips that you’ll only find in the PDF.

1. take a study break every 40 to 50 minutes.

Research shows that working in blocks of 40 to 50 minutes is optimal for productivity.

If you feel as if you can’t focus for that long, try out the Pomodoro Technique for a start.

2. If you’re feeling unmotivated, set a timer for two minutes

If you don’t feel like doing work, set a timer for two minutes. Then tell yourself that you just need to focus for that amount of time.

Chances are that once you’ve started work, you’ll continue even after the two minutes are up.

3. Make good use of your travel time

It’s tempting to use your commute time to surf the Internet or go through your social media feeds.

But you can use the time to think about a concept you haven’t grasped, write in your gratitude journal , or listen to an audiobook.

This is a simple time management tip that goes a long way in helping you become a successful student!

4. Keep a time log for a few days

Do you feel as if you’ve been unproductive, but you’re not sure where all your time has been going?

If so, I recommend that you keep a time log for three to four days.

Keep track of everything you do during those few days. You’ll then have a much better idea as to how you can manage your time more effectively.

5. If you don’t understand a new concept, speak to your teacher right away

If you do this, you’ll save a lot of time in the long run, because you’ll be clarifying your doubts as they arise.

6. Keep an ongoing list of every single thing you have to do

Checklist

Don’t rely on your brain as a storage device.

Instead, write down every single thing you need to do: assignments, projects, errands, etc.

Review the list daily to ensure that you’re working on the most important task at any given time.

By doing this, you’ll become a far more organised student .

7. Unfollow everyone on social media, except the people you really care about

I did this a year ago, and it’s saved me hundreds of hours!

Not only that, I realise that I don’t even miss not getting updates from most of those people I’d been following.

8. Turn off notifications on your tablet and phone

Do this and say goodbye to all the interruptions you’ve been getting when you were supposed to be focusing on your schoolwork.

This tip alone will make you a much more productive student.

9. Unsubscribe from all YouTube channels

This tip is similar to Tip #7. If you unsubscribe from all YouTube channels, you’ll discover that there are only a few channels whose videos you really enjoy.

These are the channels that you’ll intentionally visit so you can watch the latest videos they’ve posted.

Which means you don’t actually need to subscribe to these channels!

10. Mute your group chats on your phone

In most group chats, there’s a lot of “noise” – messages that are neither urgent nor important.

Mute your group chats, and look through them once a day to ensure that you haven’t missed out anything important.

11. Use a very long password for your tablet and phone

Set a password that’s 15 to 20 characters long.

By doing this, you’ll become more conscious about when and how you use your tablet and phone.

You won’t use these devices mindlessly, which means that you’ll become a more focused and effective student.

12. Delete all social media apps on your tablet and phone

Once again, this tip will empower you to use your tablet and phone more intentionally.

If you want to check your social media feeds, you can still do so through the Internet browser.

But you’re less likely to do so as often because of the slight inconvenience, as compared to opening the social media app directly.

13. Before you start a study session, put your tablet and phone in another room

This is a simple way to ensure that these electronic devices don’t distract you.

By maximising the effectiveness of each study session, you’ll manage your time better.

14. At the beginning of each study session, write down the task you’re going to work on

Planning

It’s easy to get sidetracked during a work session, which is where this study tip comes in handy .

On a rough sheet of paper, write down the specific task you’re going to work on (e.g. Science assignment, Question #1 to 5) and put it on your study table.

This will remind you to maintain your focus on that task as you’re working on it.

15. Create a rough schedule for each day of the week

Every successful person I know follows a daily routine. So do these famous people .

To be a master of time management, create a schedule for each day of the week, e.g. when you’ll exercise, relax, study, spend time with family.

It’s impossible to follow the schedule to the minute. But you’ll be far more productive if you use the schedule as a rough framework, rather than not using a schedule at all.

16. Be realistic about what you can accomplish each day

Many students overestimate what they can accomplish each day. When they don’t manage to complete everything they intended to, they get discouraged. As a result, they lose the motivation to study .

So be realistic when you plan your day, and assume that there will be a few unforeseen interruptions.

17. Make time to reflect on a weekly basis

Once a week, take ten minutes to think about the week gone by.

Think about what went well and what didn’t go so well.

Decide what changes you’ll make in the coming week, and write them down.

18. For every homework assignment you receive, decide when you’re going to start working on it

Be as specific as possible, e.g. “I’m going to start working on the English essay this coming Wednesday at 4 p.m.”

This is far better than saying to yourself, “I’m going to start working on the English essay as soon as possible.”

(On a related note, you might be wondering: “ When is the best time to study ?” To answer that question, you can click that link and read an article I’ve written on the topic.)

19. Finish every homework assignment at least one to two days before it’s due

In this way, you’ll have time to check through your work thoroughly.

And just in case something urgent pops up at the last minute, you’ll still be able to complete the assignment on time.

20. Learn to say no

Say no

There’s an endless list of ways that you could spend your time.

This means that you must learn to say no to the things that aren’t aligned with your priorities.

Get in the habit of saying no more often. If you need ideas as to how you can say no both politely and firmly, check out this article .

21. Determine when you’re most productive, and work on your hardest assignments during that time

Do you work best in the afternoon? Or are you most productive at night?

Work on your hardest assignments and projects during your most productive hours of the day. This is a powerful way to make the most of your time.

22. In your calendar, block out time for homework and studying

As the saying goes, “If it doesn’t get scheduled, it doesn’t get done.”

If you’re serious about effective time management, then block out time in your schedule for homework and studying.

23. Remove all distractions from your study table

If there are magazines, books, souvenirs, toys, etc. on or near your study table, which distract you while you’re studying, then remove them.

Put them at the other end of the room, or move them to another room.

(Go ahead, do it right now!)

24. Get eight hours of sleep every night

Research has proven that a lack of sleep affects your concentration, memory, mood, and overall health.

Do you want to learn how to study productively ? Then make sure that you get at least eight hours of sleep every night .

(Students always tell me that it’s impossible to get eight hours of sleep a night. But if you apply all the tips in this article, I’m sure you’ll be able to!)

25. Prepare for class every day

Every day, think about the classes you’ll be attending in school the following day.

Take a few minutes to skim through the notes from the previous class, as well as the notes for the upcoming class (assuming you already have them).

This way, you’ll be well prepared for each class, which means that you’ll gain more from what is taught.

26. Exercise at least three times a week

Exercise

Exercise boosts your memory and brain function .

So make it a priority to exercise at least three times a week or more.

By ensuring that your brain is functioning optimally, you’ll be able to concentrate better and manage your time better too.

27. Write down all your test dates and assignment due dates in your calendar

As mentioned in Point #6, don’t rely on your brain as a storage device.

Write down all important dates in your calendar, e.g. tests, exams, assignment and project due dates.

When you do this consistently, you won’t be caught off-guard a day before an assignment is due.

28. Set reminders for when to start studying for tests

It’s a good idea to set a reminder or make a note in your calendar as to when you’ll start preparing for an upcoming test.

This makes it more likely that you’ll start studying for the test early. As a result, you’ll experience less test-related stress .

29. Review new information you’ve learned within 24 hours

This is crucial if you want to move the information to your long-term memory.

Furthermore, by reviewing the new information within 24 hours, you’ll also be able to identify which concepts you don’t fully understand. You can then apply Tip #5.

30. For projects and big assignments, always be clear about what the next step is

One of the main reasons that students procrastinate is that they aren’t clear what exactly they should do next for a project or assignment.

I recommend that you keep a list of “next actions” for each project or big assignment, so that you always know what you ought to do next.

31. Never skip classes

I know… when the teacher is boring or the material is uninteresting to you, it’s so tempting to skip class.

But resist the temptation.

If you skip classes, you’ll need to spend more time in the long run catching up. In addition, during class your teacher will highlight the key concepts. This will make it easier for you to understand the material.

32. If you’re feeling unmotivated, change your studying environment

There’s no harm in mixing it up once in a while to give you a boost in productivity.

On weekdays, you might decide to do all of your homework and studying at home. While on weekends, you might decide to go to a nearby library or café for a change in environment.

33. If a task takes less than three minutes to complete, do it right away

Many tasks fall in this category: sending a file to your classmate via email, asking your parents to sign a consent form, clearing the clothes off of your room floor.

Once you get a chance to perform the task, do it immediately. This will ensure that these small tasks don’t pile up and become overwhelming.

34. Create a study plan for every test and exam

Don’t just tell yourself that you’ll study hard for an upcoming test.

After all, studying hard isn’t the same as studying intelligently .

I recommend that you create a study plan where you list specifically what you’ll do to prepare for the test. Create a rough timeline to go along with the plan as well.

35. Put a clock on your study table

Clock

Students often lose track of time while they’re studying or doing their homework.

I recommend that you put a clock on your study table so that you’re always aware of the time.

Being aware of the time is vital if you want to become a student who’s an expert at time management.

36. Eliminate any perfectionist tendencies

Students who are perfectionists are also the ones who are most likely to procrastinate on schoolwork .

If you’re a perfectionist, set a rule for yourself that you can only work on one task at a time, and that you must complete the task before moving on to another task.

This way, you won’t jump from one task to another, while making little progress overall.

37. Clear your study table at least once every two days

Scientists have found that physical clutter makes it harder for you to concentrate.

My own experiences tell me that this is true too, which is why I do my best to keep my desk free of clutter.

I recommend that you clear your study table at least once every two days – once a day is even more ideal.

This will help you to be more focused and productive!

38. Write down your priorities and review them weekly

Take ten minutes to write down your priorities in life. (Don’t list more than four or five.)

Think about whether the way you spend your time is in line with these priorities.

Repeat this review process once a week to ensure that you stay on track.

39. Check your email and text messages just three to four times a day

For most students, checking and replying to text messages and emails takes an hour or two each day.

To become a more efficient student, make it a point to check your email and text messages just a few times each day.

40. Eat a healthy breakfast every single day

Eating a healthy breakfast has been linked to enhanced focus and mental performance .

This explains why successful students never skip breakfast!

41. Do deep breathing exercises for two to three minutes a day

Deep breathing improves focus and reduces stress.

Start with a couple of minutes of deep breathing a day, and increase gradually from there.

Read this article for the specifics on how to perform deep breathing exercises.

42. List your main distractions and time wasters, and eliminate them

Students often aren’t even aware what their main distractions and time wasters are.

So take a few minutes and think about what your biggest distractions are. Write them down on a sheet of paper, and come up with an action plan to eliminate – or at least reduce – them.

43. Set a fixed time to stop work each day

For example, you might decide that you’ll stop work at 9 p.m. every day.

Once you start keeping to this, you’ll notice that your time management has improved.

This is because having a fixed “stop time” every day keeps you focused on the tasks you need to complete. You won’t find yourself thinking that there’s still plenty of time to get the work done.

44. Hang out with motivated and productive people

As Jim Rohn once said, “You’re the average of the five people you spend most of your time with.”

Make it a point to hang out with motivated, passionate and productive people. You’ll become more like them over time.

You’ll also begin to say more positive things to yourself that will help you to be successful too.

45. Listen to Baroque music while you’re studying

Music

Studies have shown that listening to certain kinds of Baroque music has a beneficial effect on learning.

I listen to Baroque music every time I do work, and I’ve found that it helps me to concentrate.

You can start by listening to the Baroque music found  here .

“Time management” sounds like a simple concept, but it isn’t.

There are so many distractions in this digital age we live in. As such, it’s becoming harder and harder for students to master the art of time management.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to be a productive student. It just means that it’ll require effort on your part.

Effort to get rid of old studying-related habits.

Effort to form new studying-related habits .

Effort to keep on trying, even when you feel like you’ll never be a focused student.

This article is close to 3,000 words long. You’ve made it to the end, so I know you’re committed to putting in the necessary effort.

Apply the tips in this article one day at a time, and you’ll be on your way to becoming a successful student .

More than that, you would have developed the skills and habits that will enable you to make a greater contribution to society over the long run.

I wish you all the best on this meaningful journey!

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September 25, 2019 at 10:29 am

Some really good tips for students here.

Distractions are one of the biggest problems when it comes to managing time, particularly when you’re a college student and exposed to new things and enjoying real independence for the first time.

Time management is not just about allocating your time appropriately, but also developing the ability to focus attention for a sustained period.

Student life is also about balance and it’s fine to party and have fun, but you’ve got to include it in the schedule and ensure it does not dominate your days.

Great article, well written, Daniel!

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Time management for high school students

At school, children learn things that will be useful in their future education and life, however, it is interesting to note that school has very little to say about time management. In addition to one’s natural inclinations and diligence, the third most important factor that indicates long-term success at school and in life is possessing time management skills. 

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Time management is defined in the Cambridge Dictionary as “the practice of using the time that you have available in a useful and effective way, especially in your work”. If we take this definition of time management into account, we can conclude that free time is the only (and perhaps the most valuable) resource that every child has almost the same amount of, but the way they use their free time is a decisive variable in predicting their potential success. 

However, although a lot has been written on this topic, students find it hard to distinguish between good quality and poor quality information, which eventually leads to misinformation and attempts to implement advice that inevitably leads to failure and disappointment. Below, we will try to explain the importance of time management, its benefits, the first signs of poor time management, as well as to give you some practical tips that will help you achieve success at school. 

Why is time management important for high school students?

We are all aware that the skill or habit of time management is not a decisive factor for achieving good results in the early days of formal education. However, as students move from junior to senior grades, their responsibilities and commitments increase, and when timelines are not met there is eventually declining grades, and loss of motivation for continued education. Specifically, this problem most often troubles high school students, either during high school, or at the beginning of higher education when they have significantly more responsibilities and tasks they have to complete and master in a short period.  

Given that we live in the world of rapid technological development, which is also chaotic and full of uncertainty, possessing time management skills will be a highly sought-after resource in the business world. However, time management is a skill that reflects on other areas of life as well, including school where it represents the first major turning point in the lives of many students. If you have control over your free time, you will be able to better organize your school responsibilities, and in consequence, you will become more productive, get better grades and will be in a better mood, you will have more time to do the things you love. 

Like any other positive habit, time management has its benefits that extend beyond one’s school obligations.  

  • DEVELOPS RESPONSIBILITY – Men and women are often told that taking responsibility is the basis for success in life. However, no one tells students what the first step toward achieving that quality is. So, taking responsibility for every grade, poorly done assignment or test is a good starting point toward raising one’s awareness of the importance of personal responsibility. 
  • CREATES A GREAT STARTING POSITION IN THE BUSINESS WORLD – One of the basic factors that separates highly paid from poorly paid employees, in addition to expertise, is how efficiently they manage their time at work. Time management skills are often associated with specialists, experts, team leaders and executive directors. 
  • MORE FREE TIME – Good time management requires a certain amount of discipline in fulfilling the defined tasks. If you possess the ability to organize your obligations well and the discipline to fulfill them, you will be able to generate some free time for the activities you enjoy. By completing these activities, you will increase your motivation to perform daily activities, both at school and outside of it, which will potentially reduce your exposure to stress. 
  • MORE CHANCES/OPPORTUNITIES – People simply love responsibility and those who know how to manage time. Making a good first impression with a teacher, employer, or friend will help you build a good reputation in the long run, which will consequently generate various opportunities, from good interpersonal relationships, to potential recommendations for a job or college. 

Signs of poor time management

There are certain signs that indicate efficient time management or lack thereof. Here are some indications that your time management is not as good as you think: 

  • LOSS OF CONTROL OVER ONE’S RESPONSIBILITIES – If you feel that you never have enough time and that responsibilities are just piling up, it is a sign of poor time management. 
  • MISSING DEADLINES – Missing a deadline for a task or a project happens to everyone. However, if it becomes a habit, you should probably work on defining your priorities.
  • INEFFICIENT WORK – Sleepless nights before a test or irregular hours of study indicate inefficient work, or poorly organized time for your obligations.
  • BAD REPUTATION FOR BEING ALWAYS LATE – being late on a regular basis is an indicator that you are unable to manage your time. The first sign is being late to class or meetings with friends. 

Time management tips for high school students

Every beginning is difficult, especially when you need to make revolutionary changes in time management. No successful change ever happened overnight, even the partial implementation of time management will noticeably improve your school performance, and make a positive change in the current paradigm of your life. 

Create an effective schedule in your calendar 

One of the first steps towards gaining the ability to manage time is to have a schedule where you can plan and write down your annual, monthly, and weekly commitments and goals. The best way to start is to take a calendar and enter all your major school commitments, from tests, assignments, presentations, etc. which will give you a broader insight into ways to organize and schedule your commitments within a month or a week. After entering the important dates, you also need to enter deadlines, i.e. goals and stick to them. This approach has proven to be very useful for those who start doing their assignments early. When it comes to large-scale tasks, students can divide them into smaller chunks within a certain period, which increases their motivation in the long run, and reduces stress that usually occurs as the deadline for submitting assignments approaches.  

Set your goals correctly

Goal setting is usually seen as the easiest part of making a schedule, but Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversy (Kahneman, Daniel. Thinking, Fast and Slow . New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011.) proved that people usually overestimate themselves and their capabilities and underestimate the time needed to complete a task which often leads to breaking deadlines. This phenomenon is called the planning fallacy . Kahneman and Tversy examined students to see when they would finish their assignments, and they realized that students usually miss the task completion time they gave themselves by 50%. For example, imagine that you believe you need 20 days to finish an assignment when in fact, you will complete it in 40 days.

Tips on how to correctly set your goals: 

  • Divide the goal into short-term and long-term tasks – Instead of approaching the task in its entirety at once, divide it into smaller chunks. By doing this, you will be able to see which parts are more, and which are less demanding.
  • Be honest with yourself – Meeting your goals on time is most likely when you are aware of your possibilities and limitations. The moment when you honestly acknowledge them, you will see how your approach to work and your expectations have changed. 
  • Write down a daily to-do list – We often get lost in thoughts or some less important tasks while working on a project. By regularly writing a to-do list, you will soon get back on track. 
  • Reward yourself – after meeting a short-term goal, you should treat yourself with something you care about. This approach leads to increased motivation, due to dopamine release just before the reward (Sapolsy, Robert M. 2017. Behave: The Biology of Humans At Our Best and Worst . New York, New York: Penguin Press.)

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Use the 80/20 rule to prioritize your tasks

Best-selling authors Brian Tracy ( Eat That Frog! ) and Tim Ferris ( The 4-hour Workweek ) have repeatedly talked about the Pareto 80/20 rule and how it can be implemented in time management. Namely, the Pareto principle states that 80% of consequences come from 20% of the causes, which in the language of time management reads that 80% of school results arise as the consequence of 20% of things we put effort into. We will give you an example from school: 

  • 80% of the grade is the result of 20% of the material learned
  • 80% of the assignment grade is the result of 20% of the quality of its content 

However, the authors mentioned above, as well as the successful investor Ray Dalio in his book Principles claim that it is hard to find those 20% of things we should focus our efforts toward. Below, we will give you several guidelines that will allow you to identify a prioritized task that will contribute to the fulfillment of the planned school achievement. 

  • Revise your to-do list – It is in human nature to take the path of least resistance, so you will often put easier tasks as “priorities” on your to-do list. 
  • Urgent and important tasks are a priority – Those tasks the postponement of which may lead to a penalty of some kind (poor grades, grade retention, or failure to enroll in college) should always be at the top of the to-do list. 
  • Would my day be fulfilled if I completed just this one task? – If the answer is yes, then it is very likely that this task will generate 80% of the value for the whole day. A small hint! In most cases, tasks that are easiest to complete and not so extensive are not a priority, nor will they help you achieve 80% of the desired daily results, let alone long-term results. 

Eliminate distractions 

The information that teenagers spend an average of 9 hours online every day (including social media and entertainment TV platforms) graphically illustrates where your free time goes and why you never have time for your daily schoolwork. It is clear that the preferred method for socializing has shifted to social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tik Tok, however, it should be noted that life still largely depends on what we do in the real world. So, only by limiting the time spent on social media will you be able to see how much free time you actually have, and then you will no longer be able to tell everyone how busy you are and how 24 hours is simply not enough time to fulfill all your obligations. It should be noted that there is a selection of great applications that allow you to limit your daily time on social media and other online applications which, when overstepped, prevent you from accessing them. 

Avoid multitasking

Believe it or not, multitasking is a myth . Numerous studies have shown that we are unable to do more than one thing at a time, except that our brain gives us the illusion of doing several things at the same time. Some researchers even claim that multitasking reduces productivity by 40% . So, if you want to be as productive as possible and manage your time in the best possible way, do one thing at a time. 

Learn to say no

The world that allows us to get almost anything we want with a snap of our fingers has created another problem for young people, and that is the fear of missing out . For fear of missing out on something, or not being in the loop, young people spend a lot of time with their friends on social media, and outside of them, which results in a loss of control over one’s time. For reasons of being able to manage their own time, and for students’ psychological integrity , it is important that they learn to say no to their peers. The moment they manage to do it, they will approach a new stage of maturity that will prove to be a very important life decision in the long run. 

Study in shorter intervals

As we already said, we like to overestimate our abilities, both in terms of multitasking and in terms of the time we need to complete one task. Anyone who carefully monitored their own productivity realized that they could not stay focused on one topic/teaching unit/problem for more than 30 minutes. There are many learning techniques that speak about this, however, it is generally accepted that we shouldn’t study for more than 30 minutes in one sitting, whereas breaks should vary between 5 and 15 minutes, depending on the individual needs. So, if you are doing one task at a time, it is better to split it into several intervals than to work in continuity for longer periods of time. 

Get a good night’s sleep

The last, but perhaps the most fundamental tip is the importance of good sleep in efficient time management, especially in adolescence when good sleep is essential for healthy development and the ability to use the full capacity of one’s cognitive potential. Research shows that teenagers need 9 hours of sleep (on average) for brain development and complete body recovery. However, it has been noted that adolescents sleep 7 to 7.5 hours on average, which is insufficient. There are numerous reasons why good sleep is important, both for short-term and long-term health. However, the most important thing for this topic is that the adequate amount of sleep leads to growth hormone secretion (HGH), hormonal balance, as well as the occurrence of 5 sleep cycles and their three stages (deep sleep, light sleep, REM) that contribute to optimal brain development, and consequently, better memory and cognitive abilities.  

Namely, good sleep and good time management are often interdependent. To have enough time to sleep, you need to organize your time well, but also, if you want to be productive and fulfill your obligations on time, you need a good night’s sleep. 

How to start managing your time today

Considering all the tips mentioned above, you may have the impression that this could be too much of a challenge for you. Time management, like any other skill or habit, requires dedication and diligence. It is best not to start abruptly, intensely, and with unrealistic expectations. In fact, expectations are the first stumbling block and the root of all disappointment.

Therefore, start by writing a schedule and setting short-term and long-term goals so as to have an insight into where you are going, and then gradually start implementing all other tips. Think less about the ultimate goal, and more about the steps leading to it, and you will achieve the desired result within the given deadline.

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Achieving Balance as a Time-Starved School Leader

Making these intentional choices at and after school can help set administrators up for long-term success.

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School leaders are time starved. That’s the nature of the job. We can give everything to our work, and the job will still ask for more. Researchers have found that years of experience correlate with better success for principals; however, at the same time, they found that principals are leaving the profession at higher rates than before. I believe that time starvation is a large contributor to this retention problem. To combat this crisis, I offer two time management ideas for moving from surviving to thriving as a school leader: considering the return on your time and actively centering balance in your life. These two topics play off of each other, forming a cycle that supports leaders’ success. 

1. Return on Your Time  

Taj Jensen has said, “There is no endpoint as a school leader.” To increase the return on the time that you invest in your daily job, center your attention on three areas of focus: your priorities, locus of control, and use of delegation. 

The more you harness these ideas during the workday, the more these practices will increase the amount of work that can be done in a day—and ensure that you have space to leave work and recharge.

Get clear on priorities. The leaders who get the most done in a day truly understand what the most important tasks are, and why. Where should a principal’s focus be? The Wallace Foundation has found that four areas of school leaders’ focus have the highest impact on students: engaging in instructionally focused interactions with teachers; building a productive school climate; facilitating collaboration between teachers and professional learning communities; and managing personnel and resources strategically.

Once you have your priorities, you need to be efficient in realizing them. My favorite productivity resources are Ben Meer’s 75 Smart Productivity Hacks and Michael Hyatt’s book Free to Focus .

Control what you can. Not working on the weekend is a great way to recharge. That said, spending 15 weekend minutes reviewing your calendar for the week ahead can be greatly beneficial. What are your nonnegotiables for the week, outside of school? What are your work meetings, observations, etc.? Plan the rest of your week around sleep, social commitments, exercise, etc. Lastly, decide what you are going to say no to (this may be the hardest part!).

When a principal puts something on their calendar, there is always the prospect that something unexpected will come up—a parent meeting, an administrative task—that derails the entire day. Think, in this quiet weekend moment, about how you will deal with those situations in a way that keeps your priorities centered.

Empower others and delegate. One way to plan for the unexpected is to create intentional systems that empower other people so that you, as principal, can focus on the high-impact areas of your work. One such example is the “first responder system.” A first responder system helps community members determine the primary person who should address a given issue; it ensures that the principal isn’t always the first person people go to.

To keep everyone on the same page, teachers and administrators should discuss this system at an all-staff meeting and then post it wherever the school keeps resources, such as on a digital hub, in the staff room, etc.

2. Achieving Work-Life Balance

The idea of balance is crucial to getting more done in your day. When you take care of yourself and your family, you’re in a better place to take care of your teachers and students. But too often, “take care of yourself” is an abstract edict—it feels cliché and doesn’t mean much. 

Leaders need to demonstrate what this phrase means and be the example not only for their own longevity but for the people who work for them. Here are three ways to do so:

Get in alignment. Leaders who understand their core values have an easier time getting into alignment—meaning finding congruity between their values, goals, and passions . For example, if you actively articulate that one of your core values is family, it will be easier to leave work at a certain time each day to ensure that you are living up to one of your values. Being the example, as stated above, is another way to demonstrate your alignment. Leaders who are aligned set the tone for the entire building.

Be present. When you are at work, be at work. Be extremely focused on the task at hand. Then, when you are home, be fully home. Do not try to be in multiple places at once, because when you do so, no one gets your full attention. Some leaders may feel a sense of guilt if they are at home watching a movie with their children while an event goes on at school. However, this is an example of a moment when delegation can provide support—by trusting that selected teachers will do a good job in your absence, you spread responsibility and allow time for rest.

Exercise, nutrition, and sleep. When you are stretched too thin and are doing too much at work and at home, both areas are going to suffer. We are professionals, and to be at our best, we need sleep, exercise, and good nutrition and hydration. All of these things help improve our ability to perform professionally. Researchers give three suggestions for principals to improve their quality of sleep: sleep hygiene (healthy diet, exercise, and eliminating nighttime snacking and alcohol); phone hygiene (limiting time on screens at night due to the impacts of blue light exposure); and practicing positive thinking before drifting off to sleep. These habits will lead to better health and more productivity in your workday.

I am in the middle of my own journey shifting from being a time-starved school leader who survives to a more balanced leader who thrives. This job is important and meaningful, and we need to find ways to make it more sustainable. Enacting the individual interventions above can inspire others to do the same, creating cascading change.

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Zvenigorod's most famous sight is the Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery, which was founded in 1398 by the monk Savva from the Troitse-Sergieva Lavra, at the invitation and with the support of Prince Yury Dmitrievich of Zvenigorod. Savva was later canonised as St Sabbas (Savva) of Storozhev. The monastery late flourished under the reign of Tsar Alexis, who chose the monastery as his family church and often went on pilgrimage there and made lots of donations to it. Most of the monastery’s buildings date from this time. The monastery is heavily fortified with thick walls and six towers, the most impressive of which is the Krasny Tower which also serves as the eastern entrance. The monastery was closed in 1918 and only reopened in 1995. In 1998 Patriarch Alexius II took part in a service to return the relics of St Sabbas to the monastery. Today the monastery has the status of a stauropegic monastery, which is second in status to a lavra. In addition to being a working monastery, it also holds the Zvenigorod Historical, Architectural and Art Museum.

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Located near the main entrance is the monastery's belfry which is perhaps the calling card of the monastery due to its uniqueness. It was built in the 1650s and the St Sergius of Radonezh’s Church was opened on the middle tier in the mid-17th century, although it was originally dedicated to the Trinity. The belfry's 35-tonne Great Bladgovestny Bell fell in 1941 and was only restored and returned in 2003. Attached to the belfry is a large refectory and the Transfiguration Church, both of which were built on the orders of Tsar Alexis in the 1650s.  

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To the left of the belfry is another, smaller, refectory which is attached to the Trinity Gate-Church, which was also constructed in the 1650s on the orders of Tsar Alexis who made it his own family church. The church is elaborately decorated with colourful trims and underneath the archway is a beautiful 19th century fresco.

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is the oldest building in the monastery and among the oldest buildings in the Moscow Region. It was built between 1404 and 1405 during the lifetime of St Sabbas and using the funds of Prince Yury of Zvenigorod. The white-stone cathedral is a standard four-pillar design with a single golden dome. After the death of St Sabbas he was interred in the cathedral and a new altar dedicated to him was added.

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Under the reign of Tsar Alexis the cathedral was decorated with frescoes by Stepan Ryazanets, some of which remain today. Tsar Alexis also presented the cathedral with a five-tier iconostasis, the top row of icons have been preserved.

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is located between the Tsaritsa's Chambers of the left and the Palace of Tsar Alexis on the right. The Tsaritsa's Chambers were built in the mid-17th century for the wife of Tsar Alexey - Tsaritsa Maria Ilinichna Miloskavskaya. The design of the building is influenced by the ancient Russian architectural style. Is prettier than the Tsar's chambers opposite, being red in colour with elaborately decorated window frames and entrance.

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Gagarin cup (khl) finals:  atlant moscow oblast vs. salavat yulaev ufa.

Much like the Elitserien Finals, we have a bit of an offense vs. defense match-up in this league Final.  While Ufa let their star top line of Alexander Radulov, Patrick Thoresen and Igor Grigorenko loose on the KHL's Western Conference, Mytischi played a more conservative style, relying on veterans such as former NHLers Jan Bulis, Oleg Petrov, and Jaroslav Obsut.  Just reaching the Finals is a testament to Atlant's disciplined style of play, as they had to knock off much more high profile teams from Yaroslavl and St. Petersburg to do so.  But while they did finish 8th in the league in points, they haven't seen the likes of Ufa, who finished 2nd. 

This series will be a challenge for the underdog, because unlike some of the other KHL teams, Ufa's top players are generally younger and in their prime.  Only Proshkin amongst regular blueliners is over 30, with the work being shared by Kirill Koltsov (28), Andrei Kuteikin (26), Miroslav Blatak (28), Maxim Kondratiev (28) and Dmitri Kalinin (30).  Oleg Tverdovsky hasn't played a lot in the playoffs to date.  Up front, while led by a fairly young top line (24-27), Ufa does have a lot of veterans in support roles:  Vyacheslav Kozlov , Viktor Kozlov , Vladimir Antipov, Sergei Zinovyev and Petr Schastlivy are all over 30.  In fact, the names of all their forwards are familiar to international and NHL fans:  Robert Nilsson , Alexander Svitov, Oleg Saprykin and Jakub Klepis round out the group, all former NHL players.

For Atlant, their veteran roster, with only one of their top six D under the age of 30 (and no top forwards under 30, either), this might be their one shot at a championship.  The team has never won either a Russian Superleague title or the Gagarin Cup, and for players like former NHLer Oleg Petrov, this is probably the last shot at the KHL's top prize.  The team got three extra days rest by winning their Conference Final in six games, and they probably needed to use it.  Atlant does have younger regulars on their roster, but they generally only play a few shifts per game, if that. 

The low event style of game for Atlant probably suits them well, but I don't know how they can manage to keep up against Ufa's speed, skill, and depth.  There is no advantage to be seen in goal, with Erik Ersberg and Konstantin Barulin posting almost identical numbers, and even in terms of recent playoff experience Ufa has them beat.  Luckily for Atlant, Ufa isn't that far away from the Moscow region, so travel shouldn't play a major role. 

I'm predicting that Ufa, winners of the last Superleague title back in 2008, will become the second team to win the Gagarin Cup, and will prevail in five games.  They have a seriously well built team that would honestly compete in the NHL.  They represent the potential of the league, while Atlant represents closer to the reality, as a team full of players who played themselves out of the NHL. 

  • Atlant @ Ufa, Friday Apr 8 (3:00 PM CET/10:00 PM EST)
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  • Ufa @ Atlant, Tuesday Apr 12 (5:30 PM CET/12:30 PM EST)
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Games 5-7 are as yet unscheduled, but every second day is the KHL standard, so expect Game 5 to be on Saturday, like an early start. 

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