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How To Use An Agenda For Teens

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HOW TO USE AN AGENDA FOR TEENS


First, WHY should a teenager use a calender or agenda?

Well, an agenda is your pathway to success. It enables you, the student, to prioritize. You'll have lower stress, because you have more control. You will definitely find that an agenda frees up time, rather than stealing it. You'll be keeping fewer deadlines in your head (e.g. "math test on Wednesday") and more dates in your agenda. And let's face it, your memory isn't as reliable as writing. Lastly, Mom and Dad will be proud.

"But I don't like to plan things. I just want to live in the moment!"
That's great! Really. Living in the moment is a fantastic mindset. However, you CAN still live in the moment while planning ahead. It's called "beginning with the end in mind". If you do that, you've got the hang of it.

Only Adults keep an Agneda

Wrong. Successful teenangers and college students usually keep a daytimer, schedule, agenda, calander, or whatever other planning system. As stated above, a well-used agenda can be your pathway to success. Keep reading to learn how to use it properly.

Is Keeping an Agenda a lot of Work?
No. Once it becomes a habit, keeping an agenda is just like brushing your teeth. Initially, keeping an agenda will take a conscious effort. It will be tough. After that obstacle, you're set. So stick with it! It will mean less work once you have a routine going.

OK, I'm real excited for this! How do I start?

Step one is to get ahold of a quality calander or agenda. So go out shopping and buy one. Buy one under $20 - no need to get too fancy here. There are many different styles, so use your judgement and find one that has adequte writing space. If you have a lot of appointments, don't get a small one! Also, consider how portable the agenda is. If you're on the run lots, perhaps consider a smaller planner that could even fit in your pocket. Basically what I'm saying is, find a planner that suits your unique needs.

What stores do I shop at?

You really can't go wrong with Walmart or Target. There's also book stores, such as Borders. If you live near London Drugs, Staples, or any other office supply store, it's worth browsing. If you want to buy one online, look at Amazon. You could find a better price online than at stores.

OK - I bought an agenda / planner / calander. How should I use it?

Whenever a due date, test date, appointment, meeting, etc. arises, write it in. Then, make sure that you check your agenda often for upcoming deadlines. Based on your deadlines, plan your time accordingly.

If you want, you can assign blocks of time for a specific task. For example, if you have a math test on Friday, perhaps schedule one hour each night leading up to the test. So for Thursday night, schedule in from 7:00-8:00 "Study for Math Test". But make sure you fulfill these promises to yourself. Remember, if you're not doing the actions you scheduled, then your agenda is useless.

This is tough! I want to quit.

Commit for 3 weeks - the length it takes to make a habit. If you still like your old ways, revert back. But I bet that you will love using an agenda.



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Comments

Aug 19, 2010 5:52pm
javrsmith
In British Columbia, high school students must take a course that teaches them how to plan. Making and keeping an agenda is a major requirement. My children found that it really helped them to organize their assignments. Adults keep an agenda because it works to organize them. Students should as well.
Aug 19, 2010 6:10pm
gibberade
Hi javrsmith! I'm from Canada too! That's really cool how they do that in BC. Sounds like a useful class. I definitely agree that everyone should keep an agenda. Thanks for your comment.
Aug 21, 2010 10:31am
javrsmith
Not that my children liked to do it, though. My son now uses a Blackberry and can't live without it. Agenda bad, Blackberry great. I'll have to remind him!
Aug 22, 2010 4:25pm
gibberade
Well, whatever works I guess. The idea is simply to prioritize your time. If the Blackberry can get it done, why not use it? I'm guessing that the Blackberry gives your son an extra incentive to plan his time.
Sep 5, 2010 5:04pm
Lynsuz
Good ideas
Sep 5, 2010 8:50pm
lifelearner
I thought your content was excellent and practical. My sons all used agendas and it helped them immensely. Half way through the year, the agendas were dogeared and falling apart. My only suggestion would be to not use so much red in the lettering. Bold, black letting for headings seems to be the most popular. That's just a personal preference. It is obvious you have given this a lot of thought. Welcome to the community.
Sep 6, 2010 9:06am
gibberade
Hey Life Learner!
First of all, I really like your username. I strive to be learner all my life too. It makes for a very rewarding life.
Secondly, thanks for the tips! I haven't used red since, and I think you bring up a good point. I will change the font right now actually.
I like your article too, by the way. Particularly, "Lessons from a Newbie to Online Writing."
Thanks again,
gibberade
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