When it comes to balancing school, work, responsibilities, and social life, it's not always easy to seize the moment.
Families, if you have more to do than you have time to do it in, you’re not alone. Regardless of how much society advances with new technology that’s supposed to enable us to do more in less time, there never seems to be enough time to do everything that needs to be done. Can anybody relate?
Fortunately, here are some time management tips for parents to help their teens to maximize their chance of winning a scholarship to help pay for college.
1. Eliminate unnecessary tasks. Maybe teens just have too many things to do! ☺Some teens tend to fill their calendar up with activities and sometimes they even double book. Ask your teen to take a detailed look at their calendar and determine if there are any tasks that they are doing that are simply unnecessary. There are bound to be a few things they can eliminate from their calendar without suffering any negative impact.
2. Disable notifications.
This is a big one! Does your teen really need to be notified of every text, email, and app activity in real time? I suggest they turn all of it off and take a quick peek every few hours to see if they are missing something important. I can testify this really works.
3. Schedule your day. A plan is better than no plan at all.
Ask your teen to think about what they need to accomplish and make a list or put it on your calendar. The key is to stick to your list, and your teen is bound to achieve their goal.
4. Learn to say no.
This is a hard one. Teens want to be liked and hanging out with their peers is fun! But it’s easy to lose track of time. According to a report by US News “Teaching Teens to Just Say No”. Here are some ways teens can say no.
“Thank you so much for thinking of me! I’m sorry I’m not able to help you at this time.”
“I wish I could, but it’s not going to work out for me this time.”
5. Lastly, procrastination- Is your teen that person that constantly says “I’m going to do it tomorrow and then tomorrow comes and your teen don’t do it? That’s procrastination. Does your teen have several scholarships opportunities they need to apply to and each two are due on the same day?
Take some time to plan out how you will apply to each scholarship opportunity. The goal is to win college dollars, and you don’t want to miss any chances to win.
Everyone gets the same 24 hours each day to live life to the fullest. Time is a resource we can’t get back. Use it wisely!