Health experts identify these three common barriers that can prevent teens from better managing their time: being easily distracted, overscheduling, and procrastinating.
Phones and social media can be big distractions. Have your teen leave their phone in another room or install web blockers to keep them off their devices.
While teens may want to say yes to all opportunities, this can lead to overscheduling. Tell them to practice saying no to some invitations so that they have more time to prioritize what needs to be done. As they complete their tasks, they’ll find that they end up having more time to do other extracurricular activities they want to do.
Procrastinating can take up a lot of time. Encourage your teen to break up assignments into smaller parts so that they don’t seem as overwhelming, which should hopefully make their project feel more manageable.