Time management

General Description of the Module:

Time management is an essential part of our lives and crucial for planning activities, events and achieving individual and team goals successfully. In this module, you will discuss the relevance of time management and practice time management skills in a team activity.

Activity 1: How long is a minute?

Specific Objectives:

  • To realise how time seems different to different people.

Duration: 5-10 minutes

Resources: None

Description of the activity:

Sit around so that everyone can see each other. The facilitator asks everyone to close their eyes for 30 seconds and after that to open them and raise their hand silently. Nobody can watch the clock and don’t measure the time. Of course everyone opens their eyes at different times. Afterwards, talk about your understanding of time:

  • Why did people not open their eyes at the same time?
  • How do you think this exercise relates to everyday lives?
  • How can such different perceptions of time affect working in a team?

Activity 2: Table

Specific Objectives:

  • To practice and improve time management skills in a group.
  • Duration: 30 minutes

Resources: Sheets of paper, scotch tape, an egg or a similar weighing object

Description of the activity:

Divide into groups of 4-5. Your task is to build a table that can support the weight of an egg in 15 minutes. You have five minutes to plan your structure and your time after which you can start building the table. You can only use the materials provided. Discuss the activity afterwards.

Suggested questions for dicsussion:

  • What were the most important factors for your team’s success?
  • Did a leader emerge in the team? If so, how?
  • Are you happy with the way you planned your actions? What changes would you make?
  • Was it easy/difficult to keep within the timeframe?

After the activity:

After completing the activity, take some time to reflect on your experience. Think about or write down answers to these reflection points:

  • Did I learn something new? If yes, what?
  • What skills did I improve?
  • How could I apply those skills or knowledge in my life? (Think of a few examples)

Suggestion and tips for facilitation:

Please feel free to adapt the scenario or activity to suit your student’s age and learning styles.

This module is closely related to Goal setting and Action planning modules.