Organization Skills for Teens

A lack of organizational skills makes high school challenging.

It’s a lot to expect a teen to wake up early, get to school on time, participate in classes, meet with friends, eat lunch, and have after-school activities or a job, AND THEN come home and do all of that homework.

A lack of organizational skills creates a painful semester or year for students facing challenges of more complex classes, more tests, and getting ready for their college search.

As a parent, you are aware of the need for organizational skills. You may have grappled with this yourself. If your child seems disorganized they will feel less capable when dealing with details.  The level of intensity of expectations for high school students rises throughout their four years.

Donovan shares in the video clip how he realized, later in high school, that writing things down became crucial because there was too much to remember.

When teens spend their days reacting instead of planning and then taking action they, and their families, become exhausted and on edge about everything.

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Being organized is not their strong point.

This nightmare is a daily reality for your child in high school.

Your child wakes up about half an hour before they’re due in their homeroom. They have the time to make it, except they can’t remember where they put their homework.

In addition, their phone is out of charge, and there’s nothing quick to eat for breakfast except the tantalizing aroma of the coffee you had before you left for work.

So, they are late for class without their homework or anything in their stomach.

Developing organizational skills isn’t a school assignment.

I help teens recognize the benefit of becoming aware of what’s happening in their daily lives, prioritizing how they spend their time, and finding the organizational tools that work best for them. 

Here’s a comment from one of my clients. “I finally figured out why it’s a good idea to write things down. My parents, especially my mom, have nagged me to write down my school assignments since middle school. I never did because I don’t particularly appreciate getting nagged at constantly. Now, I say write everything down – no excuses! There’s too much going on to keep everything in my head!

When teens identify how they organize themselves it becomes part of the fabric of their daily lives in high school. This will improve their satisfaction and success in high school, college, and beyond.

Your teen will work with me to identify how they organize their life and improve that. Performance in school will be less challenging, and you, as the parent, will be happier. Additionally, your teen will build the foundation for how they deal with college and beyond.

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