As children mature into teenagers, it’s imperative they continue to master the art of organizing. Learning to prioritize is the first step in a successful future, especially when it comes to post secondary education and employment. So, how can we help them further develop this life skill as they prepare to take on more independence?
Daily Planner: A daily planner (whether digital or paper) is a great visual queue for teens to reference. Having the autonomy to arrange time with family, friends and schoolwork is a real confidence builder.
A Watch: As simple as it may seem, having a teen wear a watch holds them accountable for their time and punctuality. Tardiness is a sign of disorganization, and having constant access to the hour will help your son or daughter use their time wisely.
Accordion File: As adults, a filing system is essential for important records that need to be stored for safekeeping. Teens can acquire documents that are just as significant in their life (such as university application forms and job applications) and utilizing a similar system will benefit them when it comes to referencing the information.
Work Station: Teens love to work in front of the television or on their bed. However, by creating a work station for them, you will be ensuring that their focus will stay where it needs to be. A flat surface area (desk, dining room table or office area) that has been outfitted with a computer, writing materials, desk calendar and good working lamp can make all the difference when it comes to getting assignments completed. This way, when your teen sits down to work, they know that all the materials necessary to get the job done will be there, along with a visual reminder of when projects are due.
Keep an Organized Room: If your teen’s room is a mess, it will be difficult for them to have an organized life. Having them devote 10 minutes each morning to making their bed and picking up their belongings- is a great way to start the day off right.
With all of the social media available to teens these days, it can be hard for them to not get carried away into a virtual world and forget about the importance of their own. Children follow by example, so try to emulate these healthy habits while coaching your children simultaneously.