Time management for children

Time to schedule, words on blank board hold by a young girl in the outdoor.

Scheduling helps everyone to understand what needs to be done and when it needs to be completed.

Weekly Agenda Page

 like to develop a weekly agenda page for each child in the family.  They have their own page posted on the refrigerator or bulletin board. 

Record all Weekly Activities – School, Home and Extra Curricular

At the beginning of each week, I record all their activities, music lessons, group activities, sports, etc.  I also record their special activities at school so they remember to bring library looks, physical education clothing, and musical instruments.  It also includes any chores that they have to do around the house.  If you prepare it on the computer, many things don’t change from week to week.

Record Additional Activities for the Week – Test, Projects, Parties

The children will add to the page, tests and projects that have been assigned at school.  Before they can play, watch TV or have screen time they have to complete everything on their list.  If you start this habit for them when they are young, it teaches them how to organize their time.  You will be helping to instill in them a habit that will last them a life time.


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Library books Physical education Class trip   violin
Practice piano Girl Guides Collect garbage Skating  Birthday Party at Susie’s
Set table Empty dishwasher

Paper or an App
I like paper because I can see everyone’s week at a glace without switching between screens and accounts.  But if you enjoy technology because you can access information from anywhere at anytime try Choice Works for scheduling with your children’s activities.  It allows you to select activities and list them by picture for non reading children or in words. 

A Students Guide to Effective Time Management

Thanks to Amy and Peyton for sending me this article for young adults entering college and university. This article has many helpful tips to help you be successful at school : A Students Guide to Effective Time Management

Timeboxed Schedule Maker

Thanks to Whisper Wels for sending me this link for their schedule maker to create your own timeboxed schedule.

Time management is about finding a system that works for you and your children to make life easier.  Please leave a comment about agendas, systems and apps that you use. 

Julie Stobbe is a Trained Professional Organizer who brings happiness to homes and organization to offices, in person and virtually. She enjoys working with her clients to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situation. She reduces clutter, streamlines processes and manages time to help her clients be more effective in reaching their goals. Contact her at julie@mindoverclutter.ca 

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  1. when i was a child i tauch what is the value of time and how i can manage and used time for as well. my parents alway want i had a plan for week so i can know when in busy or when i ‘m free time . and i also understood what is value of time. it is rare thing. passing and never returned.

    • I like your idea of learning the value of time. It is a much better way to think about time then how to manage time. You are right, time passes and it never returns.

  2. Pretty basic stuff — and pretty important for both child and parent! I’m not a parent…I’m thinking, though, that the act of preparing such a weekly schedule for a child would also serve as a reminder to the parent about how full (or not) their child’s schedule is, giving them an opportunity to omit an activity if they can see there’s no downtime on the schedule, or it’s too stressful to manage all those activities.

    • I liked this system because the child could figure out if the parent had time to help with projects, drive places etc. Then the child could problem solve an answer instead of the parent doing all the planning.

  3. I love this post. It is a reminder to parents that managing time commitments and responsibilities is a skill we need to teach our children. We shouldn’t “leave that to the school teachers,” or just assume that kids will naturally figure this all out. Yes, some children – the ones who enjoy it – will develop planning systems. But many need to be shown how. It is a gift that your children will use their whole lives!

  4. Getting families on the same page, as in coordinating schedules, is such an important way to foster communication while also teaching the skills of managing time, prioritizing, and negotiating. By having an easily visible system like the one you shared, it makes it easier to see if any conflicts are arising or if schedules are becoming too full. We then get to exercise choice and decision-making skills. I agree with Seana…these essential gifts to give your kids.

    • I like the paper system because you can see at a glance what is happening. I don’t like switching screens which is what you have to do on some apps. It takes time and energy to teach children time management but it is a gift they will appreciate later. Well said Linda and Seana

  5. We like to use Google Calendar for my kids and husband use it. However, since I use a different provider for my business and don’t care for google calendar, we have little adjustments that need to be made. It’s OK since I have to manage it all. Hopefully, when my son goes away to college, he will continue to send appointments so we can still stay connected. We shall see later this year.

    Thanks for sharing such great tips.

  6. Excellent post. Great suggestions for a simple yet effective way to teach important time management skills.

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