Back-To-School Time Management

School Time Management

OK. You’ve been back to school for a while. How are your kids doing with their time management?

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One of the keys to successful study habits is the ability to concentrate on all of the distractions around you.  Here are some time management principles that apply to schoolwork.

Back-to-School Time Management Tips

  • Have a purpose when studying. Know the objective of each class and each chapter in the textbook.  This allows you to use active listening and focused read actively.  If you know the purpose of the class to start with, it is easier to recognize the information and get it into your notes.
  • Study in chunks. Whether your attention span is two hours or forty-five minutes, don’t push yourself further than your limit. Take a brief five or ten-minute break and resume refreshed.
  • Take advantage of your prime time.  Whatever period of the day when you are at peak mentally is your best study hour.  Concentration is easier and energy is higher during this time.  Schedule your more difficult tasks to coincide with your peak performance time.
  • Plan your study time. By structuring your study time, it will be easier for you to concentrate on the task at hand. Without a plan, distractions come easily.
  • Develop your power of concentration. Success depends on a lot of hard work and self-discipline makes it easier. Even the smartest student, with no discipline, will fail.

Time Management is a skill that your students need to master in order to succeed in a high-pressured school environment. If you feel that they have gotten off on the wrong foot this school year don’t wait too long. Consider getting them the specialized help that they need to learn the skills of success! Give us a call!

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.


  1. Nancy Haworth on September 16, 2019 at 8:47 am

    These are great time management tips for students. I agree that studying in chunks and taking breaks when needed helps with concentration. Thanks for sharing these tips!

    • Janet Schiesl on September 16, 2019 at 1:22 pm

      Thanks Nancy. Just reminders for the beginning of the school year.

  2. Linda Samuels on September 16, 2019 at 9:36 am

    I like how you stressed the importance of establishing routines around managing time (and ourselves) with systems for backpacks, dinner, sleep, and study. The ideas you suggested promote confidence, connection, and calm.

    • Janet Schiesl on September 16, 2019 at 1:23 pm

      Thanks Linda. Always good reminders at the beginning of the school year.

  3. Seana Turner on September 16, 2019 at 10:07 am

    I like the permission you give to study in chunks. Few of us can power through for long periods of time, especially when we’ve been “keeping it together” all day in school. Sometimes it even helps to work on different types of homework in different spaces: math at the kitchen island, reading in the living room, writing in the dining room, etc. As you point out, cultivating our concentration is a skill!

    • Janet Schiesl on September 16, 2019 at 1:24 pm

      Great idea Seana. I don’t remember wanting to study different subjects in different areas of the house, but whatever works.

  4. Sabrina Quairoli on September 16, 2019 at 11:49 am

    I agree practical time management skills are so necessary! Not just for during your school years but also your adult years. Thanks for sharing these tips.

    • Janet Schiesl on September 16, 2019 at 1:25 pm

      Yes. Good time management skills learned early can benefit you throughout your life.

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