While we may think ‘it’s only time’ how we utilise and manage our time is instrumental in what we achieve, how we function from day-to-day and our overall coping levels.
Managing our time through to the end of the term is an important consideration in how we finish the term, the enjoyment we gain and how we set up in preparation for Term 2. Time can be our friend not our foe – it is all in how we think about it.
‘The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.’ ~ Stephen R. Covey
Time management has been a focus for homeroom mentors working with their groups. Students have focused on goal setting in both short and long term timeframes and these will be important for our Pastoral Learning Conferences at the end of term. Goals were set with specific time frames and regular review is part of the process – discovering at the end of term/semester/year that the time is up and no regular check has been in place often leads to disappointment. Keeping goals in mind constantly while working with the ebbs and flows of busy times is also important for success.
Day-to-day, week-to-week or month-to-month management of time is something that is most efficient with time investment. Students are encouraged to view their commitments through their co-curricular planning sheet and the Table of Time so they have a complete overview while also keeping sight on the day-to-day requirements. We encourage students to be involved and fulfilling their commitments is our expectation; they therefore must ensure not to over commit or under commit and not then develop opportunities for growth beyond the classroom. As we move towards the end of term, with House Music practices, assessments coming due and sports trials, school life can be quite busy. Investing time and making well informed choices is essential.
Your role as parents/caregivers can be vital in your children’s approach to time management. Assisting them with ‘slow thinking’ planning is of greater advantage than frantic last minute exchanges. Encouraging forward planning and organisation of gear needed is helpful. Clarifying exactly how busy girls are is also important so those who are really busy get the support needed and those thinking they are busy by only looking at the busy times rather than the down times; manage their perception rather than reality of ‘busy’.
Five basic steps to help:
- Spend 5-10 minutes at night, adding to your list of activities or tasks to do for the next day
- Keep your prep listed in your diary so it is clear and tick off as you complete the tasks
- Give yourself reminders a few days out when big tasks are due
- Include your co-curricular activities (both in and out of school) in your daily diary
- Share your plan with parents and homeroom mentors especially when you are ‘feeling’ very busy
- Spend 5-10 minutes at night talking to your daughter to assist with prioritising and perspective
- When your daughter is busy try to keep family planning/organisation clear
- Provide uninterrupted time at night (particularly day girls) so prep can be done
- Help consider long term activity planning, i.e. while activities might fit in a day are they feasible long term?
- Remember the more senior your daughter, the more challenging it is to do a lot of different activities with academic requirements. The general expectation at Woodford is to have 10-12 hours per week of activities outside of school – this includes work.
There are a number of resources available for the school community:
Inhouse – Coming Up and Month in View
Term Events Card
Woodbook – regular notices on your daughter’s profile
‘Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.’ ~ Charles Richards
Ms Jennie Barrett, DP, Director of Students