Time Management: Now Children Too

Children Do Better Time Management

It is not so easy to mould the adults into time management and daily to-do list mode. But soon they get around doing it because of the benefits they see from being a bit organized.

On the other hand on this subject our experience with children even of 5 to 8 years of age has been quite heartening when compared to what happens with adults. We found that children look forward to making their daily activities lists and assigning the time they would like to spend on each activity.

Children find it quite interesting to make their daily activities lists with a dash of time management poured into them, particularly in their summer vacations and their other holiday seasons.

We tried it with a few children of 5 to 8 year age group and results were astonishing.

For example one child made the following daily list on her own initiative and it turned out better than what we have observed adults doing. Here is this wonderful activity chart of the little one:

My Activity Chart (Date: mm/dd/yy)

  1. Get up at 7 AM
  2. Morning activities (brushing teeth and the other activity- you know what I mean): 20 minutes (sometimes I read a book inside 🙂 )
  3. Breakfast: 20 minutes
  4. TV watching (only the programs I am allowed): 45 minutes (time limit fixed by my parents, wish I could see more TV)
  5. Computer: Math 30 minutes and other games 30 minutes
  6. Jump rope: half hour
  7. Write in summer journal: 30 minutes
  8. Lunch time: 1 hour
  9. Read a book (she wrote name of the book here): 25 minutes
  10. Sketching: 30 minutes
  11. Homework Math: at 4 PM: 4 to 5 pages
  12. Piano: 1 hour
  13. Milk and snacks time: 20 minutes
  14. Dress into martial arts clothes and go to the martial arts center: 1 hour
  15. Dinner: 1 hour
  16. Take bath: 15 minutes
  17. Floss and brush teeth: 10 minutes
  18. Story listening (from mom and dad): 15 minutes
  19. Go to sleep
  20. Good night activity chart

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About Shyam Bhatawdekar

35 years’ industrial/business experience as a top executive & 35 years’ parallel academic/consultancy experience in general management, behavioral sciences & technology. Areas: general management, production, human resources, industrial engineering, systems, MIS, computers, corporate planning, audit, sales/marketing. Penchant for information technology & behavioral sciences; integrated with conventional technology makes him unique thought leader. Conversant with academic theories & realities of business, fuses the two into practical approaches. Was associated with Tata Motors, Hindustan Motors, Hindustan Aeronautics & ThyssenKrupp; held top positions as highflier executive. Presently Chairman & Managing Director, Prodcons Group associating with 250 organizations; providing management & I T consultations & conducting seminars/workshops. Been a faculty for IIM’s, TMTC, Railway & HAL Staff Colleges, Symbiosis. Speaker with 35000 hours’ experience benefitting more than 100,000 people. Published 35 articles in Economic Times, Indian Management & Computers Today. Authored 27 books. Invited as key speaker in seminars by AIMA, HRD Network, NIPM, QCFI, CSI, NPC. Widely traveled. Education: Engineering & Management.
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