Scheduling for Success

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Summer is almost over and it’s time to fall back into the academic routine. It usually takes a few days, and sometimes longer, to get back into the swing of things. It can be difficult acclimating back to the sleep schedule and being disciplined to allocate time for school work, studying, projects, and extracurricular activities, but it is important to your success in school. Setting your goals, then making a plan and a schedule are ways to help you achieve those goals without overbooking and unnecessary confusion.

Parents, if you do not have an online calendar, I challenge you to create one and share it with your children, and most of all, use it. Using an online calendar and sharing it with your children makes life so much easier and less complicated when scheduling activities and appointments by having everyone’s calendar at your fingertips. You have the option of color coding the names of the people you share your calendar with, which helps to differentiate information. Another advantage is being able to immediately access your calendar from your cell phone. My children and I use to share a calendar when they were in school and involved in extracurricular activities, because it simplified life, eliminated overbooking, and allowed easy access. Now that my children are adults, we still share our calendars with each other.

Parents, this is the perfect time to sit down with your children, regardless of their age, to plan calendars and set goals for the academic year. Don’t forget to plan doctors’ and dentists’ appointments for the upcoming year and include them on your calendar. Planning is extremely important, especially with the busy lifestyles we live today. Setting goals helps youth to focus and strive for positive outcomes.

Education should be our main focus. Extracurricular activities are important too, but there should be a healthy balance between the two. Being involved in too many activities at one time can cause unnecessary stress for children and their parents. Allocate time to the essentials before making time for other activities. Schedule time for homework, family dinner, and some productive downtime. As parents, we mean well by keeping our children busy, but over-scheduling is usually counterproductive. When schedules are stretched thin, it is difficult to be good at any one thing, even though you are involved in many.

It’s important to explore and try new things, but that doesn’t mean you have to be active in all of them. The Robeson County 4-H Program has a perfect mix of activities for both youth and their families. We highly encourage family involvement. The 4-H calendar is planned out for the entire year, allowing you to include those 4-H activities on your calendar in advance. Robeson County 4-H offers community clubs throughout the county and specialty clubs that mostly meet at the 4-H Office. Youth have an opportunity to learn leadership skills, compete in public speaking and presentations, and participate in community and civic engagements. Robeson County 4-H also has an online calendar, making it easy to incorporate 4-H into your life. It’s also a great help when working on time management and setting goals for the upcoming year.

Imagine being a part of a program where research shows youth involved in 4-H excel beyond their peers in several areas. They are four times more likely to make contributions to their community; two times more likely to be civically active; and nearly two times more likely to participate in science, engineering, and computer technology programs outside of school. Make a change and join 4-H today.

For more information, contact Wendy Maynor, Extension 4-H Youth Development Program Associate, at 910-671-3276, by email at, or visit our website.

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