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Do you feel like you have enough time to do all the things you have to do and want to do? How do you think you could manage your time better?

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Time Management: You Vs. The Clock Boy getting caught by time clock

Topics on Time Management:
You Vs. The Clock
Have-To's, Want-To's,
    and Goals
Make A Budget
Choose Priorities
Make A Daily Schedule
Make A Weekly Planner
Monthly Calendars
From the Mentors
IML Time Tips:
Chores and Duties
Sports and Activities
Top Time Wasters
School and homework. Activities and chores. Sleeping and eating. Ack! So much to fit into a single day! We asked IML'ers to tell us the one thing they felt they never have enough time for.

Alexis, 11, said, "I don't have much time for friends. I wish I could talk to them on the computer and on the phone more."

Rachael feels like she never has enough time to practice her flute and hang out with friends. Instead, she's always studying and doing homework.

Caitlin, 11, wants more time for skateboarding and Jamie, 12, wishes he had more time to watch TV.

Megan, 12, said, "I never have time to just to be me. Talk with my friends, write in my diary, and just plain sit around!" and Amerila, 12, told us that she never has enough time for herself because she's crammed with homework, practicing piano, and sports.

Wouldn't it all be easier if time were like a DVD that you could slow down, speed up, fast-forward, or rewind? Or have you wished that time was like an arcade game, and when your time was up, you could just drop in some change and get more?

Well, we can't change the speed of time or get more. What we CAN do, however, is manage it. This means that we:

  • Consider everything we HAVE to do and WANT to do.

  • Understand how much time each activity in a day will take.

  • Make a plan that helps us get through the day, week, or month without running around like a total wacko.

If you learn to tame the time monster, you might be surprised at how much you can get done. The real reward, however, is that you'll probably feel less stressed and more happy.

Printables Record your thoughts and feelings about time management with a printable IML Journal page. You can also puzzle around with the "Time Management" Crossword, or check out a list of great books on the subject. If you want help talking about this subject with an
adult, try these discussion questions.
The first step is dividing up your life into Have-To's, Want-To's, and Goals.
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Crossword Puzzle
Do the "Time Management" Crossword Puzzle

Vote Now
Do you feel you manage your time well?
Yes, I'm good at
       scheduling my
       days and weeks.
Sometimes I'm
       short on time,
       sometimes not.
No, I'm almost
       always short
       on time.

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