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Why Procrastinators Procrastinate. PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.) pro-cras-ti-na-tion |prəˌkrastəˈnāSHən, prō-| noun the action of delaying or postponing something: your first tip is to avoid procrastination. Who would have thought that after decades of struggle with procrastination, the dictionary, of all places, would hold the solution. Avoid procrastination. While we’re here, let’s make sure obese people avoid overeating, depressed people avoid apathy, and someone please tell beached whales that they should avoid being out of the ocean. No, “avoid procrastination” is only good advice for fake procrastinators—those people that are like, “I totally go on Facebook a few times every day at work—I’m such a procrastinator!” The thing that neither the dictionary nor fake procrastinators understand is that for a real procrastinator, procrastination isn’t optional—it’s something they don’t know how to not do.

Pretty normal, right? Notice anything different? Getting a good school routine - Family Lives. The move to high school can come as a shock to both parents and children.

Getting a good school routine - Family Lives

You may feel your child isn’t ready to take the responsibility for what is probably a longer journey to school, perhaps using public transport. They will usually have a large amount of books and equipment to carry around and may find it difficult to organise themselves. As the school will be expecting your child to take greater responsibility, you should try to continue this at home as much as possible, but that can be easier said than done. At this age children start to want more privacy when they’re getting ready. Organise a schedule for the bathroom in the mornings so no-one is made late by waiting! Parent tips: ‘We have a family diary where everything is written down and a pin board at the bottom of the stairs with reminders. Katie ‘I ask each evening if they have homework and check school homework diaries regularly.

Julie ‘My daughter was worried about the bus journey when she went up to high school. Homework - Family Lives. With all the pressure of school work, puberty, social life and other commitments playing their part, it's understandable that your child might sometimes feel a little overwhelmed by their homework.

Homework - Family Lives

There are many ways to help ease some of this by supporting and guiding them - they might not tell you they want help, but by showing your support your child will pick up on your positive attitude and this can help encourage them to do the same when it comes to their education. The benefits of helping your child are endless. First and foremost you will find that you end up spending more quality time with them by listening and talking, and you will also be able to gauge a sense of what their strengths and weaknesses are. How much homework should my child be getting? The government has set the following guidelines for secondary school children: Years 7 and 8: 45 to 90 minutes per dayYear 9: 1 to 2 hours per dayYears 10 and 11: 1.5 to 2.5 hours per day.

Teenagers and homework - Family Lives. "Getting them to settle down to homework seems to be a bit of an uphill struggle.

Teenagers and homework - Family Lives

And as for the maths and science - I couldn’t even help them out! " Homework can sometimes feel as daunting for parents as it is for children. Parents can worry when their children put homework off until the last minute or even avoid doing it all together, which can lead to conflicts at home. On the other hand, parents might also be daunted by the thought of not understanding their children’s homework if called upon to lend a hand. We asked some parents how they cope with the pressures created by homework, and here’s what they told us: How To Master Your Time. The secret to time management is simple: Jedi time tricks.

How To Master Your Time

Imagine you were a Jedi master called Bob (your parents, whilst skilled in the ways of the force weren’t the best at choosing names). The love of your life – Princess Lucia – is trapped in a burning building as you hurry to save her. You might think of Lucia as the embodiment of your dreams, your aspirations – she is your most important thing. Unfortunately, before you can reach her an army of stormtroopers open fire. The incoming stream of lasers demand your attention – if you fail to dodge them, you’re dead.

We all know how a hero resolves this dilemma. And so it is with your life. The secret to mastering your time is to systematically focus on importance and suppress urgency. Look at what you spend your day doing. Say no. Schedule your priorities. One final lesson from the Jedi: they’re heroes. Heroes inspire us for many reasons: they make tough decisions, they keep going and they get done what matters. Time management tips. Time Management Worksheet.