Got Time Management?

Over the past weeks, it has been fun getting to know new students in the Crowsnest and observing growth in those who are back for another voyage. It was also fun to start the year doing creative work with the Engagement Machine/Instrument, as this process allowed me to see inventive, innovated, and imaginative thinking that we normally do not see in a typical English classroom. It was interesting to see students jump into a group challenge with different skills, too. In general, the months of September and October are always great months in school because so many students are looking forward to trying to develop new habits and achieve higher grades. As we approach exams, though, we should reconsider news skills that we have learned (such as some new time management skills) and consider fine-tuning others in order to feel a good sense of accomplishment—feel as if we tried our best when we submit each exam. So, in this spirit, I present the following Infographic, which was discovered by a former student who was struggling with time management and discovered this great visual advice. Interestingly, just as religious and philosophical allegories present complex ideas, such as the parable of the sower and Plato’s allegory of the cave, which are stories that entertain and instruct a variety of believers and thinkers simultaneously, so, too, do I think this infographic will help those students who already demonstrated excellent time management skills these opening months, as well as others who just barely managed their work, and those who feel like they are operating without a larger plan or vision. As with any topic or subject we introduce and go over in class, please offer comments and ask questions in class. Your points will likely help classmates in unforeseen ways. You can also arrange a mutually good time for us to meet and discuss this more individually. Nevertheless, I think we should reflect on this information and create a comment on the blog.

Directions for a comment: Compose a comment below in Standard English (2-3 sentences): What skill do you envision using or what skill do you foresee trying as a new skill during the weeks leading up to the exam season? Or feel comfortable supplying a new link to another more effective time management source. Annotate that link with 2-3 sentences of Standard English that explain the value of your source.


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About Bill Sullivan

I am an English teacher working with great students at Suffield Academy. I also teach seniors in various project-based learning environments. Some of the #PBL topics included global issues, such as Pandemics, Climate Change, and Water; more recently I have asked students to research and identify topics important to our school community and their generation. We curate these topics with a #StudentCenteredPBL. For the past eleven years, I also created a driving question for a class to research a local history mystery and present their findings in a community program partnering with our local historical society. These topics encompass researching the lives of enslaved individuals who were contributors to the foundation of our community.
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33 Responses to Got Time Management?

  1. Isabelle Ricke says:

    I really like when they said that procrastination is derived from the fear of failure. I will strive in these next weeks to not be afraid of failure and go for it. I currently use most of these steps and find that they really do help, but one that I have never done is un-schedule. I am very busy and always doing something. I might try this these next few weeks to see if it helps me or not.

  2. I found it interesting how the video claims procrastination stems from fear, rather than not wanting to complete assignments the fear of not doing well on them is what creates the overwhelming want to not complete them. Also learning that by physically completing tasks and crossing it off a check list helps to motivate and create momentum in students studying, very interesting. I found the 15 steps in beating procrastination very positive, and actually helpful in over coming it.

  3. liz says:

    To be completely honest, I disagree that all procrastination stems from failure. There is no way i can really “fail” my math homework, but you can bet that i won’t do it till the last minute. I think we need to recognize the difference between procrastination and time management issues. I agree that most procrastination comes from time management problems. I found it interesting when they said to keep a loose schedule, because Suffield really promotes the opposite. A boarder’s days are scheduled from eight in the morning till ten at night with only three hours of free time. I believe the most important part of the video and graphic are the tips that discuss adjusting your attitude towards your work. I relate to that the most.

  4. 17ahc says:

    In my opinion, I disagree with the video that claims that procrastination comes from the fear of failure. In my life, I procrastinate due to laziness and a lack of time managment.To keep track of my current homework and other assignments I use my planner to lay out my schedule. I find it satisfying to cross off a subjects homework once it is completed.

  5. tannerm1516 says:

    The video discusses the idea of procrastination being the fear of failure. I personally do not agree with this statement as I find myself procrastinating out of laziness or rather just wanting to do other things. However, procrastination is a weakness of mine and the skill I am going to try in the coming weeks is #4; committing to assignments. I like to know what Ive done and what I have to do, so I believe writing it out and marking it off as I go will be a helpful skill I can use.

  6. Nadezda says:

    “Procrastination comes from fear”. I am not much of a procrastinator because I usually know that I can do it, to write an essay, to read Shakespeare, to study for a test. But when I am afraid that I am not capable of finishing something, I do not want to start, saying that I am planning it all out in my head (Really,Nadezda?! In your head?). What I have been using for the longest time is “to-do list” (especially if it is written in red ink of white paper). It helps me to stay organized and I get exited every time I get to cross out something from the list. I usually have two to-do lists, one is for a week/month and the other one is for that current day.
    What I found interesting and what I am exited to try is the reward progress. I used to reward myself when I finished something big and important but I have never punished myself for not doing something. I think, it might work and be helpful. The second tip I have always wanted to start using is to avoid negativity. For example, instead of saying “I have to learn those fifty words for the exam” I should say something more positive and motivational such as ” I want to learn new words to I become more educated and well-read.

  7. ashleys1617 says:

    In the next few weeks, I can envision myself using #4 (commitment to assignments) to try and tackle the workload that exam work offers. This has always been a skill that I try to utilize by visualizing my work and checking them off when they are complete. When things are just floating in my head they seem much harder and more time consuming then simply writing them down and seeing how possible they really are. I also believe that checking things off creates a sense of accomplishment and starts momentum to finish all of the assignments.

  8. evashae says:

    I think that there is a significant difference between being afraid of not being able to complete something, and knowing that the process of completing that thing will not be enjoyable. I for one, put off doing particular assignments or chores, not because they scare me, but simply because I know they will not be fun. The desire to avoid unenjoyable things is what makes me struggle with time management. If given the option to either sit down and start blog post, or to stay on my bed and watch another episode of Friends, 9 times out of 10 I’ll stay right where I am and watch another episode. It is not because the blog post is hard, it is just that I am in the middle of watching Phoebe, Joey and Ross race their baby duck and baby chick across their living room floor. I do however think that the video makes a good point; if you never start, you never have a chance to succeed. It is important to remember that the outcome of that race between the chick and the duck will not effect your grade, but the blog post will. So, make a plan, and give yourself a checklist. Because time management is important.

  9. Tyreek Scott-Grayson says:

    The video opens with saying procrastination is a fear to fail. Im on the fence with this statement. Procrastination could be because of the fear to fail, but other people procastinate just off of the fact that they are just lazy. I do procrastinate, I’m going to try changing my perspective on assignments for the next few weeks. Changing my mindset on an assignment that looks boring and seeing the assignment a different way could help a lot with wanting to be more engaged in doing the assignment .

  10. beccacollins says:

    The phrase of “procrastination comes from a fear of failure” I do not particularly agree with. I happen to be very good at procrastinating and its not because I am afraid of failure. I am either lazy or I know that I have a time to do an assignment or a project. Also an interest level plays a factor in on whether people procrastinate it or not. I happen to like doing math so that is the first homework I do as soon as I start my homework. But stuff like history really bores me so I try to delay doing it as much as possible because I know I’m not going to like it and find it boring.

  11. rydermosby says:

    It is reassuring to me that procrastination supposedly stems from fear, but I don’t buy it. It seems like they are telling me a lie trying to make me feel better about my poor organization habits. In some cases I may be afraid to fail but i do not believe that it should be an excuse for failing to complete my homework or failing to study for a test. I am not a big fan of using excuses and this article seems like one massive excuse to me. And similar to what Becca said, it also comes with interest. I really love science so I am more apt to read three articles before I complete an essay for english.

  12. riley1617 says:

    I really liked how in the phrase of schooling, it teaches you that “Rigid schedules can leave you feeling overwhelmed.” Personally, this is something that I feel is very important because time management can make or break my schedule. If I do not get somewhere on time, or miss something due to being late my whole day could be pushed back, in order to keep up my time management it is good to be able to stay on top of everything.

  13. caseykap says:

    A new skill that I can picture myself trying to use and take advantage of is a good working environment and knowing myself as a learner and what I need to do in order to make anytime I sit down productive in the sense that I accomplish something, or get at least one step closer to completing a task. I think that the time management infographic has at least one step of time management that anyone can use when preparing for either school, work, and even sports or whatever someone does. I always make sure to write down everything I have to do and either cross it out or check it off as done so I can get a clear visual of what I did and get a sense of what I have left to do.

  14. cparrow9 says:

    Committing to assignments is very important when dealing with schoolwork. Throughout my life I have really embraced this and found that it helps to get things done faster and better when you really decide to commit your best work and effort to an assignment. For example, whenever I’m assigned an essay, I never do it in parts and spread it out over a long period of time. I finish the essay the same day I started it, and by being committed to my work I never fall behind with work in my classes. The same goes for regular homework, whenever I have homework that isn’t due the next day, I still do it the day it was assigned, to stay ahead of things. If you commit yourself to your work and do everything to try to stay ahead, it won’t feel like a pile of work that never gets smaller, because you’re not dragging it out over long periods of time.

  15. jackpumphret says:

    One of the points that really spoke to me was learning how to plan my time out in order to do larger assignments in smaller chunks. This is one of the biggest problems that I have had my whole life and I have been actively trying to change that, however, I still need to work on it a lot. I cannot count how many times I have gotten less than five hours of sleep due to leaving larger assignments for later and I really want to change that. Therefore, over the next few weeks, I will actively try my best to follow this rule and work to better myself and my sleep schedule in the process.

  16. Lea says:

    The video points out that procrastination is often caused by fear. I think this is an interesting statement in the sense that it can be tempting to avoid tasks that are too challenging or perhaps out of the comfort zone. In my opinion, fear, cannot always be used as an explanation for not getting things done. Many times it is simply due to laziness or dullness. Having said that, I think the video offers great advice about how to manage time better. I already try to use the majority of the points made in the video. My favorite point is number 4, because this is defiantly the best way for me to avoid procrastinating. Moreover, I also think point number 8 was interesting. Because, I haven’t really thought about this before, but I can see how un-scheduling can help a lot.

  17. sashaderby says:

    The un-schedule step is most important for me to get good at because it really helps me with my time management. For instance, throughout my three years here at Suffield, for my exams I have created schedules with study periods and hang out periods. This is really important for me because I do not have a good attention span at all. As a result, breaks to go exercise, hang out with my friends, and just relax is crucial to my studying.

  18. Madeline Kauffman says:

    The video really caught my attention when they said, “If you never start, you’ll never have a chance to fail. But you’ll never have a change to succeed either… Procrastination comes from fear.” This is because it changed my perspective. With changing my perspective, I will become more interested in the topics and I am learning about and will want to actually do my work and know what the next lesson is on. Using this on the exam will definitely help me. Self-talk positively will also help me a ton with the exam coming up! Instead of putting negative thoughts into my head, putting positive ones will make me want to study and know the material.

  19. junyangc1617 says:

    I think practice effective time management is the most important for me. This is the biggest problem I have right now. Sometime I need to use a short time to do many things. If I don’t plan your time. My time will be very compact and because of that, I will get more chance to make some mistakes.
    Practice effective time management is really important.

  20. Braden Kane says:

    This article was really relatable as I am one to procrastinate a lot. A thing I noticed right away in the video was when it said, “Procrastination comes from a fear of failure”. This really stood out to me and I realized how accurate it feels to me. It is important to be committed at all times when getting done with assignments, so it is good to develop a better attention span. Whenever I want to get things done, I usually want an incentive for doing it as well. The “Reward Progress” step intrigued me here. Overall, with good focus, some hang time, and hard work, procrastination should be able to go away.

  21. 18mbb says:

    The point that I liked the most and that I can see myself doing in the future is “Knowing your-self”. I have tried to know my study skills but have never been able to perfect it. Hopefully by finals I can work on my study skills so that I can recognize what parts I need to work on and what I can perfect before going into the finals.

  22. Shane Pornprinya says:

    I foresee trying to reward myself to celebrate successful tasks in the next coming weeks. This reward system has always been a skill I often fail to do because I simply cannot squeeze the reward into my dizzying schedule. However, if I successfully manage my time, I would be able to both have fun and get work done.

  23. Andrew M says:

    I disagree that procrastination is a result of fear of failure. For me, procrastination is more a result of me being overwhelmed/fatigued by my schedule and needing time for myself. I struggle with procrastination sometimes due to this reason, so I like the point about freeing up time in your schedule so only very important things are set in stone.

  24. Bryce Butler says:

    Swiss-Cheese Tasks is one that helps me avoid procrastinating a ton. It also improves my overall learning capability because I am learning and relearning material over and over again, instead of just learning it once, and then looking over it one last time, cramming before the test date. Although each person may avoid procrastination in a very different way, I think that this practice may allow students to be the most prepared during exam week, as the knowledge of the material will build up over time. On the other hand, this gives a possibility of gaps being left in the material, where a student might forget what he/she reviewed during the first chunk on Monday by the time the exam nears on Friday.

  25. 18emh says:

    I have never been one to procrastinate. As soon as I am given an assignment I try to complete it as soon as possible to not get behind in my work. It helps me to write down all my assignments due dates to avoid procrastination. By doing this I can prioritize my assignments and do the work that is most important first before I start to work on assignments that are not due until later. I still get my work done by doing this and it creates a structured system for doing assignments, which allows for a smoother and less stressful school year.

  26. Jae Woo Lee says:

    I am using method 4, which is commit to assignments. I list down my homework or other things that I need to do and cross one by one every time I do the work. This method helps me to focus better since I am only concentrating in one subject.Method 15, learn to forgive yourself, will help me since I am harsh to myself when I am rushing my homework but expecting too much.

  27. Sergey Morozov says:

    The technique I usually use to try to overcome my procrastination does not have a name, but one could call it “an impulse”, I guess. What I do is, when I get even a swift thought of that I am procrastinating, I don’t think twice and direct this thought right to my body: I put away my phone, or stand up and get my books. That helps me get started with my tasks.

  28. Jackson Bischoping says:

    It is interesting to me that procrastination comes from a fear of failure. i have never thought that in my own personal experiences but i guess it makes sense. Id like to not procrastinate with my studying during finals week by making myself a list of priorities to take care of in order from most important to least important.

  29. 17ljl says:

    I think the most effective tactic for me would be to “not indulge in fantasy”. I often tend to think about how great a project is going to be in the coming weeks, and not working on it in chunks, but rather go at it one or two nights before the deadline. This is not effective seeing as the project sometimes does not turn out the way that I want it to, or had indulged in seeing, which frustrates me, but I fall into the same cycle often, convincing myself that I will do it next time, then just end up indulging once again. Once I break the chain, only positive results can come from it.

  30. allihayden says:

    I agree that you should improve your learning behavior. Sometimes I get so caught up in memorizing what will be on the test that I do not even absorb any of the information I need. If I just learn whats being taught to me just to learn it become smarter, then I think I will succeed more. It is interesting because I think it really relates to me academically.

  31. robj1313 says:

    A good amount of the time as students we are so consumed with just passing the test, we ignore that it would be actually good for us to learn the lesson. Procrastination almost forces us to not to get the lesson it in our long term memory, it will just stay in short term, until we do not need it anymore. Coming from a fear of failure, procrastination is our greatest friend and enemy. It can be a good thing, because it very much so help your mind to get in a mindset that actually gets work done. However, also this also makes us push back as long as we possibly can the work we have to do, till it is almost too late. Personally I do not feel so much that my procrastination comes from fear of failure, but rather a later motivation for success.

  32. jerryt17 says:

    I disagree the statement made in this video:”People procrastinate because of fear of failure.” Instead, I consider procrastination to be a result of lack of motivation. However, I do think it is important for us to reflect upon our study habits and to improve our time management skills. Personally, I prefer to hit the easy tasks first when i am doing my homework. However, I choose to do the difficult tasks last not because I am fear of failure, but because I think I can better focus on those difficult tasks. We often tend to ignore our own plans, when we are procrastinating. Everyone should develop a method that works best for oneself. The endless procrastination only ends when we want to become better.

  33. Maggy says:

    I think it is interesting that the video thinks that one feels more confident after completing tasks that one needs to complete. I think this is true, but I also think that this works for the first couple of tasks. After these are completed one feels too confident and feels like one is on top of the world, therefore remaining tasks seem like such a small amount of work and is often not as prioritized. The fact that people complete the work that is the most appealing to them first makes people leave the more challenging work for the end and it will therefore be completed at the last minute. This produces incomplete work and makes challenging work harder than it needs to be.

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