Time Management Group Activities

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  • 0:00 The Challenge of a Group
  • 0:40 Time Management Activity #1
  • 2:00 Time Management Activity #2
  • 4:15 Wrapping Up the Activities
  • 4:36 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Allison Tanner

Allison has a Masters of Arts in Political Science

Working in a group can be extremely challenging. This lesson provides some fun activities to help groups learn about time management and how they can make the most out of their group projects.

The Challenge of a Group

Working in a group can be incredibly challenging. When you are preparing groups to work together, it is important emphasize time management skills. Teams that efficiently manage their time and delegate responsibilities will ultimately perform better.

Often, groups are put together because there is a large project to complete. Together, they must complete a specific task, or tasks, in order accomplish something great.

An essential part of time management in a group is having a shared vision or shared idea of the end goal. Without a shared vision, groups will have a difficult time completing a task. In fact, they will probably push against each other and become counterproductive.

Time Management Activity #1

In order to help the groups understand the importance of a shared vision and time management, you can guide them through different activities that will highlight effective time management skills.

For our first activity, prepare by cutting out pieces of a large photo of whatever you like, such as a building, an animal or even scenery, then place the cutout pieces into plastic bags. Next, split the large group into small groups of four to five. Give each group a cut-out picture. Do not tell the group what the picture is. Then allow the groups to start working on the puzzle. After three to five minutes, ask them if they are having any trouble putting it together.

After 10 to 15 minutes, stop the process and bring the groups back together in order to discuss the experience. Ask them if they struggled to put the picture together, and if so, why? You can also ask them if they understand the purpose the exercise, and explain what it is you want them to take away from the activity.

This should begin a discussion on the importance of realizing the end goal, or the importance of creating a shared vision. You will want to guide the conversation by talking with them about how much time it takes to do something if you have no idea what the end goal is. When working in a group, it is very important to develop a clear picture of what you want to achieve. You can then set objectives and timelines. Without a shared vision, or end goal, you will waste time and be incredibly inefficient.

Time Management Activity #2

In this activity, you will once again have groups of four to five people. These groups will have a list of tasks, and they must try to complete all of the tasks. As they complete the tasks, they should track their points awarded for each task. The team with the most points at the end wins!

Explain to the groups that if they get too rowdy or dangerous, they are automatically disqualified. Safety first! For this activity, everyone has 15 minutes to complete as many tasks as possible. You can also make this more fun by having a small prize at the end.

You will give each group a list of instructions with points attached to each task. You can create instructions that fit the room you will be working in or use these examples. For instance, for five points you can:

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