Everyone has the same 24 hours in the day 7 days a week and 365 days per year, but some people seem to master their time more than others. Unfortunately, the teenage brain is not naturally formed to create habits of time management. It is a skill that has to be taught and managed on a daily or weekly basis like a financial budget. This activity is a zipped file containing a PowerPoint, Pdf file, and an excel sheet with the activity and directions. This would be a good warm up, classwork, or homework activity to get students thinking about and documenting how they spend their time. It may even be able to help teens make more informed decisions and reduce some stress as a result.
Directions: Use the example in the second column to help students to see what a typical weekly time management budget may look like for a teenager in the United States. The students will type their actual data in the third column titled "actual."
They will notice that their time will change based off of variable needs and requirements each week. If they are using the excel sheet and a computer, they just need to type a number in the corresponding box, and the totals will automatically be added, but they may need to use a pencil with an eraser and do manual calculations if they are using the printed pdf file. All in all, their weekly totals should not exceed 168 hours (which equals the number of hours in a week). Last, they can use the notes column to track key things or changes that affect their schedule.
Teachers please note that I created this based off of my students schedule, but you may customize the excel sheet to fit your needs.
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