How to Help Your Student to Stop Procrastinating

A new school year is right around the corner.

Does your student have more dread than excitement about the new year?

How about you?

Maybe you’ve watched your bright child struggle with managing classwork, homework, and after-school activities and want to help but don’t know-how. Identifying the stumbling blocks for your student is key. Is the issue overall time management? Is it procrastination? I believe that all young children want to succeed, but they give up after many disappointments. But sometimes it’s a matter that they don’t have the right tools to succeed. Don’t let your child get there. Today, I’d like to point you in a direction that may help.

I have a wonderful colleague, Leslie Josel, from Order Out of Chaos, who has developed some amazing products to help students understand time management and defeat procrastination.

Did you know that over 50% of the population procrastinates? And for students it is over 70%?  You are so not alone!!  So why is it so prevalent?  For some, the act of getting started is just too difficult. For others, it is a “time sense” or knowing how long something takes to get done. And then there are those who like to work under pressure.  And for most if there is no structure than there is no initiating.

An Academic Planner Like No Other

Leslie has developed a unique line of Academic Planners that address the issues that overwhelmed students face when planning their studies and activities. When you see them, you’ll think, “why didn’t I think of that?”. The concept is simple (which makes it easy to learn) and it really works.

In my experience, working with clients on time management, family management, and scheduling, what I find is that people don’t account for every activity on their calendar or planner. Leslie’s Academic Planners eliminate this issue for students. Unlike the planners that your school issues to students at the beginning of the year, these planners allow for life beyond school. Go ahead, look at your child’s school planner. It’s really a glorified to-do list, right? Just a place to write down assignments, but there is no visual to help your student plan when those assignments are going to get done. The Academic Planner does just that. Watch this video, to see how it works.

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Help your student take control of their time.

If you need help with your Northern Virginia or District of Columbia student, we are here for you. Get the school year off to a great start by giving us a call (571-265-1303). We can work with your student to coach him or her on using the Academic Planner, helping them “see” their time in a new way. If you want to help your child learn the time management skills supported by using the Academic Planner, order one today!

 

Want another resource from Leslie? Here is Your One-Stop Shop for Student Organizing Solutions! It’s FREE.

Want to know more about Leslie Josel? Read this Forbes article about how and why she started her business.

 

Want more information? Read some of our past posts on this subject:

Student Time Management and Organization: Is It Really That Important?

Back-To-School Time Management

Time Management for Students

 

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Janet Schiesl

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 Board Member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals and a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO were she has been named Organizer of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

Janet Schiesl

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 Board Member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals and a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO were she has been named Organizer of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

8 Comments

  1. Janet Barclay on August 2, 2018 at 7:54 am

    You’re absolutely right – the first time I saw one of Leslie’s planners, I asked myself why wasn’t there something like that when I was a student!

    • Janet Schiesl on August 2, 2018 at 4:31 pm

      I agree Janet. We never used planners in school, but kids these days have a lot more going on then I did way back when. The Academic Planners from Order Out of Chaos are so much better at time management then the plans the schools in my area use. I wish I knew about these when my kids were in school.

  2. Seana Turner on August 5, 2019 at 8:22 am

    I loved Leslie’s planner right away as well. I always feel that planners are insufficient. You’ve gotta see and be able to fill in ALL of your time, especially weekends, where most planners fall short. We didn’t have these when my kids were in school either. The ones the school gave out were ok, but these are so much better!

    • Janet Schiesl on August 5, 2019 at 2:25 pm

      I love Leslie’s planner. Planning is a great skill that needs to be taught in middle school. Using The Academic Planner can teach a student this skill that they will use their whole life.

  3. Linda Samuels on August 5, 2019 at 11:25 am

    I remember when Leslie was working on developing her planner. It’s wonderful to see how much success she’s had with it. It’s a testament to how much she has been able to help students visualize and get a handle on how they manage their time- ALL of their time and not just their school work. That’s a key distinction that Leslie has incorporated in her planner. What a great tribute and shout out to her, Janet! I’m a huge fan of Leslie and her work too.

    • Janet Schiesl on August 5, 2019 at 2:14 pm

      Linda, the planners that my kid’s school system used was just a glorified to-do list. No planning was going on. I also wish that The Academic Planners existed back then.

  4. leslie josel on August 5, 2019 at 11:34 am

    I’m blushing over here! Thank you so much!!! I appreciate the kind words but more importantly, the good they are doing for students everywhere! xoxoxo

    • Janet Schiesl on August 5, 2019 at 2:27 pm

      Leslie, we all tip our hats to you and your wonderful work to bring the skill of planning to students. Where were you when my kids were in school?

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