Kids today are busier than ever. They have eight subjects each day, assignments, projects, student council meetings, varsity or band practice, youth org meetings. Let’s not forget that they also need to carve out time for spiritual activities, family and friends. With so many activities lined up, it’s so easy to feel overwhelmed, fatigued and stretched out. Most kids will just shut down and do nothing – a sort of escapism from all the responsibilities that they don’t know how to juggle.
The problem lies with time management. Often, young adults are overwhelmed by the responsibilities expected from them because they never learned to manage their time. They say yes to everything, forget about prior commitments and then end up with too much on their plate.
In line with our Values Education lessons about personal growth and development, I’ve decided to encourage my students to practice the lost art of student planning. I recently assigned a Student Planner as my year-long project for my 8th grade students under Values Education. It’s my hope that this will help train my students to be mindful of how they spend their time.
While there are ready-made planners but my students are free to choose what type of planner they want to use. Their choice of planner will also depend on their personality, if they like to make lists or they like to map out their day using boxes. They can use a ready-made planner, a printable planner, or a regular notebook.
I’ve rounded up a few blogs that offer free downloadable and printable planners to serve as inspiration or resource for my students.