The topic of calendars and time management came up multiple times this year with students, staff, and parents so we felt we should devote some time to the topic and share some resources to support it. If you are familiar with CASEL’s Social and Emotional Learning Competencies, time management would most likely fall under the self-management category which encompasses skills like goal-setting, organization, self-motivation, and self-discipline.
Time Management is More than just Managing your Time
I know it sounds redundant… but time management encompasses so many more skills than just minimizing distractions and procrastination. The Balance has an article that delineates an impressive A-Z list with 34 bullets. I chose to highlight 7 of the 34 below:
- Allocating time for specific tasks.
- Attacking more complex tasks when you have the highest energy and sharpest concentrations.
- Auditing how time is spent.
- Breaking broader goals into smaller parts.
- Creating daily, weekly, and monthly to do’s.
- Planning your day the night before or first thing in the am.
- Prioritizing a list of projects and focusing on higher value tasks with more immediate deadlines.
Apps for Calendars and Time Management
While Google Calendar is one of the go-to apps for course information and test/project dates, I did want to share a few others that might be helpful for organization, planning, and productivity.
- Google Calendar: Most of the secondary classes use Google Classroom. Each Google Classroom course automatically creates a Google Calendar. Students login to these courses with their Eanes email. When they download the Google Calendar app, they can then simply log in to the app, and all of their course calendars appear without having to subscribe to them.
- Wunderlist: Wunderlist (see image below) is a to do list app that works on pretty much every platform. It has a Google sign-in. You can easily create multiple lists (and collaborative lists) within the app. You can also create a folder for a class and then compose multiple to do lists within that folder. One might need a to do list for a project with multiple entries (e.g. research, citations, revising and editing) and another one for a test (e.g. read chapter 12, study vocabulary words, complete study guide, etc…).
- Google Keep: Google Keep is available with a Google sign-in and is kind of like a visual to do list Pinterest board. You can create multiple entries (and collaborate on those entries). Entries can include lists, photos, etc...
Recently, I noticed a colleague of mine using a template to map out her week. I inquired about her process and then asked if it was okay to borrow the template and revise it for student use. What you see below is just that. It is a simple week overview that includes a few vital sections (e.g. priority items, things that can be done “anytime this week”, “upcoming tests and projects” that need to be on the student’s radar, events that will happen on the weekend, and things to keep in mind that they might need to prepare for “next week”).
WHS Tech Talks
We also wanted to let you know that we have started a Tech Talk video series this 2017-2018 year. The previous titles are listed below:
- Digital Distractions and Social Media
- Note-taking and Digital Organization with the iPad
- Study Skills
If you would like to see the full webinar content for the “Calendars and Time Management” session and/or check out any of the previous topics, they are linked here.
Stay Healthy, Chaps!