Presented by Hall County Work-Based Learning
Soft Skill Spotlight: Time Management
Good time management enables you to work smarter – not harder – so that you get more done in less time, even when time is tight and pressures are high. Failing to manage your time damages your effectiveness and causes stress.
As you are completing soft skill lessons, be sure to track your students' progress on the Excel document. This is the required DOL format to show students that earned a certification - it is due in March.
Lesson #1 - 168 Hours.
How do we find time for what matters most?
Time management expert Laura Vanderkam studies how busy people spend their lives, and she's discovered that many of us drastically overestimate our commitments each week, while underestimating the time we have to ourselves. She offers a few practical strategies to help find more time for what matters to us, so we can "build the lives we want in the time we've got."
Ted Talk Discussion Questions
What are some of the silly ways that you try to save time in your week?
"I don't have time," often means "It's not a priority." Do you agree with this statement?
Laura recommends to pretend it's Dec 2017 and you're reflecting back on this year. What did you accomplish?
Take a moment to write down some things that you'd like to see on that list. Now, how can you start to make that happen?
Lesson #2 - Wasting Time
Part of managing your time is knowing how to avoid wasting time... especially with social media!
Whether you see it as a blessing or a curse, there’s no denying that social media has consumed countless lives. Time has been epically wasted and interventions have been necessary.
Here's a list of ways to tell if you’re a social media addict. Let's watch.
Do you think that you can truly be addicted to social media? Are you? Simon Sinek talks about how millennials are using social media.
Start at 3:15 & watch until 10:10 in the video.
Video Discussion Questions
Do you agree with Simon Sinek that you can become addicted to social media?
Had you ever thought about how you use social media impacts your relationships with others?
Do you feel happy, joy, fulfilled? Do you think that's related to social media?
How did watching this video make you feel? How do you want to respond to that?
Lesson #3 - Fast Fingers Activity
Now, let's see how fast in your decision making with a short game. No supplies needed.
Group play: This is tournament style, so after every round, the loser sits down. The winner finds a new partner, until you are down to the last pair to declare the champion.
- Everyone in the class needs to stand up and find a partner.
- Stand with your backs together, facing away from each other.
- Teacher counts to 3 and everyone turns around with the hands/fingers up.
- Each person holds up fingers on each hand. Each hand can have as many as 5 fingers held up on each hand or as few as 0.
- So let’s say one hand has 3 fingers and the other has 4, their opponent would then have to yell “7” (total number of fingers) before the other person guesses how many they are holding up.
- Each person counts the fingers and yells out the number of their opponent.
- Whoever yells the correct answer first wins. The other person sits down.
Activity Discussion Questions
With this activity, how important was it for you to make a quick decision?
Was there a significant penalty if you got it wrong?
What strategies did you use to help you make a decision faster?
Where there any barriers for you to be successful each round?
In life, how do you go about making important decisions? Ex. What electives to take next year? What colleges to apply to... and attend?