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Time Management 1 Objectives 1. Youth will describe the importance of good time management. 2. Youth will define a strategy to set priorities. 3. Youth will identify steps to overcome

barriers to effective time management. 4. Youth will apply time management tips to completion of a 4-H project. 2 Objective #1 Youth will describe the importance of time management.

3 86,400 4 Why should we learn to manage our time? Effective time management will help us: Get more done Gain control over your life

Add time to your daily life Reduce stress 5 Keeping a Time Log 6 Effective time planning means

scheduling tasks throughout the year, month, week, and day. The secret to planning is to create a list of work that needs to be done. 7 Creating a Daily To Do List

Practice for Christmas Cantata Study Exploring MyPyramid with Professor Popcorn Lesson #4 Buy groceries Work out at YMCA Prepare 4-H newsletter Do laundry Fill out November mileage report Plan and send out area staff meeting agenda Order 4-H ribbons Begin selecting judges for fair

Order ear tags Contact speaker for Jr. Leader program 8 Objective #2 Youth will define a strategy to set priorities.

9 Setting Priorities Accept the fact that learning to set priorities is a necessary skill for success at home, in school, and on the job. 10 Setting Priorities

Now you need to prioritize your tasks. 11 Rocks in a Jar Activity 12

Setting Priorities Answering these questions will help you prioritize your activities: 1. What is most important to me? 2. What are the activities that I value most? 3. What is the most valuable use of my time right now? 13

Setting Priorities 4. How long will it take to complete this task? 5. How difficult is it to accomplish this task? 6. Do I need the help of others to get the task done? 14

Setting Priorities 7. What are the consequences of not completing this task? 8. Will my decision affect others? 9. Is there a deadline for any of the tasks? 15 Setting Priorities

Begin to prioritize tasks by: Assigning each task a value (for example, rank each task from 1 to 3, with 1 being the most important and 3 being a task that can wait). You will have several tasks with each number. 16 Setting Priorities

Now rank the tasks within each number. For example, rank each of the 1s with an a, b, or c. The as are the most important, and the cs are the least important. 17 Setting Priorities You can now accomplish your tasks in

this order: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, and so on. What happens if you have two 1as? Do the one you want to! 18 The Check-Off Dont forget to check off completed tasks. This

helps you visualize what you have accomplished. 19 Objective #3 Youth will identify steps to overcome barriers to effective time

management. 20 Barriers to Effective Time Management Distractions Interruptions Procrastination 21

Distractions & Interruptions Turn off the TV, the computer, etc. anything that distracts you from doing what you should be doing. Hang a Do Not Disturb sign on your door. Write down random thoughts on a piece of paper. If your work environment is noisy, listen to soft music through headphones (music without words is less distracting).

22 Procrastination Procrastination: postponing action, especially as a regular practice. 23 Procrastination Step 1: Recognize that youre

procrastinating; be honest with yourself. Step 2: Work out WHY youre procrastinating; usually one of two main reasons: You find the task unpleasant, or You find the task overwhelming. 24 Procrastination Step 3: Get over it!

Do the worst task first. Break things up into bite-sized pieces. Consider your energy level. Reward yourself.

25 Valuable Time Management Hints The obvious way to use time better is ELIMINATION. Cut out those things that arent necessary and those you dont really enjoy anyway. Do it right the first time to save a lot of time. Develop the habit of finishing what you start.

Dont jump from one thing to another, leaving a string of unfinished tasks behind you. Learn to say No. 26 9 Great Reasons to Use a Planner / Calendar A planner is portable. A planner never forgets. A planner prevents scheduling problems.

A planner keeps all of your important information in one place. A planner reminds you of what you need to do and when. A planner helps you keep track of important projects. A planner helps you reach your goals. A planner can be whatever you want it to be. A planner frees up valuable space in your brain! 27

Plan for Long-Term Projects 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Start early. Dont wait until the last minute. Write the project due date in your planner. Make a list of all the things you need to do for the project. List everything you can think of dont worry about putting them in order yet. Now decide what steps youll do first, second, third, and so on. Number your list. Assign a date in your planner to each step/task. By establishing a timeline, you will be able to stay on track and complete the project on time.

Figure out how much time youll need to do each task. Write the times in your planner. Stick to your plan. If you miss a day, get back to work the next day. See step #1. 28 Objective #4 Youth will apply time

management tips to completion of a 4-H project. 29 Steps in Completing a 4-H Poster for Fair 30

Mike Steven 31 Mike planned his work, and worked his plan. Thats good time

management! 32 Activity Steps to Completing a 4-H Poster for Fair 33

Conclusion Make better time management a daily habit: Use a log of daily activities to determine how you are spending your time. Create a list of tasks to be accomplished. Set your priorities. Plan and schedule your time. Do first things first. Resist distraction, interruptions, and procrastination.

Review each day. 34 Conclusion & Quiz 35 Sources

Begun, Ruth Weltmann. (1996). Social Skills Lessons & Activities for Grades 7-12. West Nyack, N.Y.: The Center for Applied Research in Education, 178-179, 184. Bolton, Elizabeth B. (1999). Time Management. (Lesson 7). Elder

Companion, University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Gainesville, FL. Bouslog, Lori A. (2002). Getting More Done. Sullivan County Office of Purdue University Cooperative Extension, Sullivan, IN. Culp, Stephanie (1986). How to Get Organized When You Dont Have the Time. Writers Digest Books, 51-53, 54-57, 61-62, 68-69. Cincinnati, OH. Fox, Janet S. (2006). Get Organized Without Losing It. Free Spirit Publishing Inc., 41-42, 63-65, 78-79. Minneapolis, MN. 36

Sources McKinley, Steve. (2002). Time Management. Purdue University

Cooperative Extension, W. Lafayette, IN. Mietlicki, Shirley. (1995). Balancing Family and Work. University of Massachusetts Cooperative Extension, Amherst, MA. Wisconsin 4-H Community Clubs. (2005). Time Management. Activity Plan Wisconsin 4-H Leader Training Series. University of Wisconsin Extension, Madison, WI. Mind Tools Ltd. (2008). Procrastination Time Management Training. Retrieved November 24, 2008, from www.mindtools.com. Mind Tools Ltd. (2008). To-Do Lists from Mind Tools Learn How to Plan Your Time Intelligently. Retrieved November 24, 2008, from

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