This is the time of year where my teen can really use a few great productivity tips to get him through the second quarter. The second quarter is a tough period for my teen; once first quarter grades are issued, and the realization that the school year is half over sinks in, he normally goes into a panic mode; scrambling to figure out how to raise his grades before the year is completed.
One of the best ways for teens to stay focused and working towards concrete study goals is to make better use of their time. The following are 6 productivity tips to get your teen through the second quarter.
Productivity Tip #1 – Clean up the study space. Just like we (adults) need a welcoming environment that inspires us to work, teens do too. Help your teen give their study space a sprucing up – de-clutter and ergonomically arrange things – to give them a better chance at feeling inspired to get their work done.
Productivity Tip #2 – Make a to-study list every day. Help teens stay on-track with their studies by using a to-study list. The same as a to-do list, but with a minor tweak. This way, they can approach their studies in an orderly fashion and stay on-track with the items they need to focus on.
Productivity Tip #3 – Keep a notebook on-hand. Remind your teen to keep their notebook or schedule on-hand. This way, they are able to jot down ideas that come to mind at inopportune times. This will prevent them from wasting time trying to remember things later.
Productivity Tip #4 – Put the phone away. Social media, texting, and chatting are huge distractions for all of us; especially for our teens. Encourage them to put the phone away – or just take it away temporarily – to reduce the opportunity for unnecessary time waste.
Productivity Tip #5 – Create dedicated study time. Routines are powerful and help us to form lasting habits. Set up a devoted time for your teen to study and do their homework. This will help them get into a rhythm and be more productive in their studies.
Productivity Tip #6 – Get a good night’s sleep. Our brains need rest to perform their best. Make sure your teen is going to bed at a reasonable time, and getting a good night’s sleep, to ensure maximum productivity in the day ahead.
Carin Kilby Clark, Parenting Expert and Mommyhood Mentor, is dedicated to helping mamas stress-less and live joyous mommyhood. Get started with The 5 Best Tips on How to Manage Your Time and Get Things Done. Clark is an expert in productivity.