Teens are more easily distracted than ever!
Once they reach high school, they’re expected to be able to study at home, on their own.
As a teacher, I know that by this time in September many high school students are struggling to keep up with their studies. Teens struggle with time management!
It is SO frustrating (for teachers and parents) to watch teens slap together last-minute work, procrastinate, or stay up late sacrificing their sleep in order to complete their work. These tactics do not lead to academic success or mental health!
The truth is that many teens have poor time management skills because:
- There are many tasks that they’ve never done before, so they can’t estimate the time it will take
- They are highly distractible (even college-aged students!)
- They need someone to SHOW them how to manage their time
Time management is SO CRITICAL for teens to learn so that they can create healthy habits for life, and achieve the success that they desire. Teens need to learn how to schedule in their work, so that they also have some time for PLAY (which seems like slacking off, but which actually nurtures their creativity so their school work and their problem solving abilities improve).
We all wish that teens wouldn’t be SO distractible, but the reality is that THEY ARE!
Living a mindful life is all about noticing, without judging. Instead of judging ourselves (or our teens) for being highly distractible, we need to acknowledge this distractibility and work with it!
Research Psychologist and Professor Emeritus at California State University, Dominguez Hills, Dr. Larry Rosen taught me that teens need to work WITH their distractibility. I was so inspired by my conversation with Dr. Rosen, and his research on how teens study, that I created this planner for teens to use. It’s a time management tool I call
The Ultimate Reading Estimate Tool for Teens
Knowing how long it’s going to take to get through a few chapters of a bio textbook, or a novel for English class is key to balancing school work with a social life, or any kind of life! Take the guesswork out of reading with The Ultimate Reading Estimate Tool for Teens.
CLICK HERE to grab a copy for your teen!
Here’s to your teen’s academic success!
P.S. I’ve never met a teen who didn’t want to be successful. They just don’t always know how to be successful, and they don’t always BELIEVE that the smallest steps in the right direction can and will add up to success down the road. This tool can help teens to learn that small steps do result in BIG success!