Daily Diary Does the Deed
The year is going to progress whether we become involved with it or not. It has been my experience with students, particularly at secondary school level, that those who do not take control of time will have time controlling them. It is these students that display symptoms of stress as the year progresses.
Students who learn how to use a diary and planner at the beginning of the year are more likely to feel relaxed as the year progresses. Keeping a written diary/planner appears to be almost a lost science. Everything today seems to be electronic with touch pads for keying entries and apps that help to link all the diaries together and co-ordinate your appointments. This is all very impressive but is it helping your student?
At the beginning of the term or semester your student is given their assignments and due dates. They are also aware of sports training and events they should be attending; forthcoming birthdays and family events; and school activities. Showing your son or daughter how to use a diary is a valuable life skill to pass on to them. Sitting down once a week (my wife and I use Sundays) and running through that week’s entries helps to co-ordinate lifestyles.
Remember: We are all given twenty four hours a day, how you use them is up to you.