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Time Management Discussion Questions
As students learn to balance increasing demands of school, home, and in some cases, work, time management is a key skill that must be carefully developed. Use these discussion questions to guide conversations among your middle or high school students that will help them assess and improve their time management. Students can discuss the topics of planning and prioritizing and tackle the problem of procrastination. Consider engaging students in a whole-class discussion or providing a list of questions to student teams. Based on the discussion, you may want to ask students to create a time management improvement plan to serve as a summative assessment.
Questions about Planning
- How do you plan for completion of schoolwork, such as projects or tests? How do you plan for tasks and events outside of school, such as sports or family events?
- Is planning always necessary? Is there a place for unplanned spontaneity in life? When should you be spontaneous and when should you plan ahead?
- How does developing a clear study plan benefit you? How do you adjust your study plan if it isn't going well? For example, if studying for a test is taking much longer than expected, how do you handle the time adjustment?
- Is it important to plan for time off, such as socializing with friends or watching a movie? How could planning for these activities benefit you?
- How do you plan your weekends? Do you think that planning your weekend is important or is it better to just ''go with the flow'' and enjoy the downtime? Why?
Questions about Prioritizing
- Do you think a work-life or school-life balance is achievable? Why or why not? How can you improve balance in your life?
- What techniques have you observed adults using to achieve work-life balance? How successful have they been? Do you think it's easier or more difficult to prioritize as a young person or as an adult? Why?
- If you have multiple tasks to complete, how do you determine which one to do first? What methods do you use for prioritizing your tasks?
- What activities in your life do you consider low priority? Which ones do you consider high priority? Explain your reasoning.
- What problems can result from not prioritizing your tasks for school, home, and work? How can you solve these problems if you didn't prioritize starting out?
- Which one of these do you think should take highest priority: school, family, friends, entertainment, sports, work? Explain your reasoning.
Questions about Procrastinating
- Do you procrastinate? If so, what consequences have you faced because of procrastination? If not, how do you keep yourself from procrastinating?
- How can you avoid procrastinating important tasks? How often are you successful in preventing yourself from procrastinating?
- How can planning and prioritizing help someone solve the problem of procrastination?
- Why do you think people procrastinate? What is the benefit? What is the downside?
- What would be different about your life if you never procrastinated? What would be different if you always procrastinated?
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