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6 Ways to develop Time Management skills for Teenagers

Do you want to become more effective and develop some useful time management skills? We've got you covered!

Most teens struggle with how to manage time effectively. Since the life of teens is splintered by many demands like academics, social, friend, family, etc, it becomes crucial to manage time effectively and cater to everything but in a limited span of time. If you’re wondering how we are here to help!

Figure out your style

Start by understanding your own unique rhythm. Each one of us has times of day when we are able to be more productive than other times. Try to figure out your productive periods rather than simply deciding what to do when. Take charge of your time if you really want to be effective.

Know how to manage stress

When it comes to managing time effectively, there is no room left for stress. Stress, for teens, is of two types: internal and external. Internal stress is self-imposed like I need to get more than 95% this time, and external stress is the consequence of pressure and deadlines, like, I have a test tomorrow. To manage external stress it is best to quit procrastinating and starting your projects on time, asking for extensions from teachers, or dropping extracurricular activities. If you put a lot of internal pressure on yourself, then you need to have a perspective on what’s important and what’s not. You can take help from your parents or teachers about this.

Understand how priorities work

You have a Maths test on Monday but your friends are going for a movie on Sunday. You might think of ditching the exam preparation and going to watch the movie but how about this, you prepare for your exam on Sunday morning or afternoon and then can enjoy it with your friends later that evening. Know what is more important to you and also consider the result of avoiding it.

Learn to start early

Not completing assignments on time, being late for activities, or waiting till the last minute to get ready for the family get-together, are all signs of procrastination and poor time management. When you are aware of the upcoming test, project deadline, family event, etc, why not start preparing for it a little early and save yourself from last-minute commotion?

Manage technology distractions

Mobile phones, laptops, tablets, etc are all distractions especially when it comes to studying and academics. Make a list of ways your phone serves as a distraction, then come up with ways you can control the distraction. This will help you to solve problems in your own limits.

Lists are NOT enough

To-do lists are an organizational strategy, not a time management one. You also need to learn how long tasks take, how to plan your schedule using strategies like blocking out chunks of time to devote to certain tasks, setting goals for the day, identifying the steps to complete each goal, and anticipating roadblocks that might thwart your efforts.

The habits you develop during the teen years, contribute a lot in making the kind of adult you would be. So instead of wasting your time and energy on things that don’t matter, learn to start managing time to be more effective.

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Can a pessimist become an optimist?

How can you remain optimistic, pessimists v/s optimists.
Ritika SrivastavaTeentalkindia Counsellor

From early years, kids and teens pick up the emotional vibes in their homes. If the atmosphere is comfortable and loving, children flourish even if they innately have a tendency towards anxiety. But if the environment is tense and dysfunctional, optimism is one of the first things to fade. It's hard to be emotionally stable and hopeful when that is not being modeled for you by your parents.

Pessimists sometimes are better equipped for tough times. If you’re a pessimist, you may foresee obstacles, expect things to go wrong, and perhaps plan for difficulties more willingly. Pessimists are more likely to build safety webs, and don’t find their world views coming into question when things go wrong; they already expect that to occur.

Whereas, Optimists tend to be healthier, happier, more successful (financially, socially, and in many other ways), and enjoy stronger and more fulfilling relationships. An optimist will seek new answers instead of dwelling on problems; they’ll have hoped to get through hard times.



So how can you remain optimistic without missing chances to keep yourself prepared for crises? 

Hope for the best and plan for the worst: With this you can have many benefits of optimism without leaving yourself at risk and unprepared. Alike, pessimist think about things that can possibly go wrong, and try to find back-up plans and possibilities for dealing with the unexpected.

Notice your negativity: Understand what you say and how negative it is. Track your thoughts on a daily basis and notice the negativity and conclusions that you draw. Identifying your negativity is essential to change.

Think of what’s important: Enjoy what you have, and also remind yourself that you are more than what you have. You may want to take time, periodically, to reconsider your own strengths and resources.

Develop gratitude: Be grateful for what you have, without becoming so involved to it that you can’t imagine your life without it.

Remember that whatever you face, will pass:  Major setbacks do not cause people to feel unhappy for as long as people predict. After a few weeks or months, people who have experienced a major crisis generally return to regular level of happiness or unhappiness. Generally, optimists tend to feel happier, and pessimists tend to feel less happy   but if you’re a pessimist, it’s possible to be a ‘learned optimist’.

Search for positive angle of situations: Mostly, situations can be seen in both a positive and negative light. You just have to seek the positive one and keep reminding yourself of it in order to eventually believe it.

Positive thinking brings a lot of benefits, such as better wellbeing and better sleep. Optimism can be damaging if it keeps you locked into fantasy and you are in denial about your current reality. A mix of optimism and realistic thinking help people navigate through life. Realistic thinking does not mean to see the bright side of life; not at all. It is a way of supporting your optimism with the action steps so that you can create a positive future.

It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform- Bennett

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