Published March 5, 2023

Time is very important in our daily activities, if you know how to use your time efficiently and effectively you will likely face fewer challenges in life, especially at work. Time management skills are what we need to acquire in order to make our time more productive.

Many teachers constantly complain that there isn’t enough time for them to do their jobs, talkless of up-skilling. 

In this in-depth article, you’ll learn about the 7 simple tips to create free time even if you teach 8-5 pm every day.

Let’s get started.

 

What Is Time Management?  

Time management can be defined as a process of planning, organizing, and managing time, in order to allocate the right time for specific activities and also maintain the allocated time to increase productivity. 

In other words, time management is the ability to use one’s time in an efficient and productive way to increase performance and reduce workload, particularly at work.

Without time management skills, you will find it difficult to persevere in your teaching job. 

Below are some of the challenges you’ll face in the classroom when time management is absent in your daily activities.

 

Challenges Teachers Face When They Fail To Manage Their Time

  • Pressure From Superiors And Responsibilities At Work. 

Since they have a lot of work to cover, and the time frame to complete the work is minimal, they won’t be able to accomplish the task without the application of time management skills. This can lead to pressure from the school management who is impatient for the job to be done.

 

  • Lots Of Paperwork. 

The teaching job is so difficult to the extent that before your complete a task, another is already waiting in line to be done. And as these tasks increase and you don’t know which to do first, you become overwhelmed and the job becomes tiring for you. 

 

  • Difficulty in Making Ends Meet

When you become stressed out due to workload, you don’t have the time to engage in other activities as you’ve spent all your time on school activities. You work overtime and don’t get paid for the additional duties apart from the ones stated in the agreement or contract. 

You’re only able to rely on teaching jobs since they don’t have free time to focus on other jobs. And you don’t have a choice but to manage the little income you get from teaching.

 

Reasons Why You Should Create More Time 

Creating more time makes your work easier and increases your productivity. You won’t only benefit from this but your students will too.

Here are some benefits of creating more time for yourself;

 

  • Provide you with personal time.

Freeing up your schedule, managing your time well will enable you to have more time to yourself. 

When you finish all the necessary work before time, you can get time to plan on what you personally want to achieve for the rest of the day, you will also have time to rest and take care of yourself. This will make you stabilize physically and emotionally.

 

  • Provide you with broad knowledge.

Having more time enables you to seek more knowledge. As a teacher, you can apply for a professional course or a degree course to expand your knowledge. 

You can also use your free time wisely to learn craftwork or seek other knowledge.

 

  • Provide you with more income

Having more time means you can engage yourself in some business or a lucrative side hustle to maximize your income. 

The income you gain from your teaching job may not be enough for you to cater to your needs and, so creating free time from your teaching job is very important for you to maximize your income and live a comfortable life.

 

  • Reduce stress which will boost your performance

When your schedule is free up, you have more time to relax your brain and muscles, which makes you feel less stressed and ready for the next task or activity.

 

Your Students Also Benefit When You Create More Time For Yourself.

Here’s how;

  • Makes learning easier

When you adopt a similar relaxation strategy for your students, they are able to relax their brains and reflect on what they have been taught. They also tend to learn new concept better when they are less stressed.

 

  • Makes them engaged in other fun activities apart from learning and reading

Engaging in fun activities awakens the brain and boost your level of understanding. When you students have more free time to themselves, they will likely become more creative and curious.

 

  • Discovery of talent/ ability

Students tend to discover their talent when they’re involved in other activities. For example, if given free time, students may do some painting on their books while others gather in groups to tell stories and experiences.

By doing so, students could discover a passion, find interest and appeal in a task. This can prepare them for the future.

 

Now let’s look into the 7 simple tips to create more time.

 

7 Simple Tips To Create More Time Even If You Teach 8-5 Pm Every Day.

 

 1. Prioritize Your Work

Knowing what to do first and what isn’t necessary is important to save time. Prioritize your work by organizing tasks according to their importance. 

You should be able to identify which task is the most important and make it your a priority then followed by the next important task, arrange them according to their precedence. Ignore the less important job that doesn’t impact the student learning.

You can also put the weighted task you have to accomplish on a ‘to-do list’.  You need not hold it on your mind as you’d likely forget. 

It may skip your mind and disorganize your thoughts while trying to figure it out, so it is always advisable to prepare a timetable for your daily activities in the classroom.

 

2. Automate Classroom Processes

To make your teaching easier and faster, you can automate classroom processes by leveraging technology. There are lots of automation tutorials on YouTube, and tools like flashcards, quizlet, Google forms, etc. to aid your teachings, and save up time.

For instance, with Google forms, you can develop a tracking system for attendance whereby the students will confirm their presence by checking in to class upon submitting an assignment.  

You only need to share the link with students on Google classroom, instead of doing manual attendance. 

 

3. Delegate Responsibilities

If your school permits and you can identify any significant gain that could come from it, you can share some responsibilities with your students. 

Cleaning the board, arranging your tables, leading some activities in the classroom, and other tasks can build a sense of responsibilities in students.

So you can reduce your workload and save up more time to get other things done. For instance, when grading your students, you can delegate to your assistant or a senior students who is capable of doing the job. 

 

4. Plan For Potential Crisis

Classroom conflicts can turn into a crisis that can distract the activities in the classroom. This may arise from students behavior in class or commotion when an emergency happens. 

As a teacher, it is important that you set a solution in place to avoid these incidents. For example, if the class is known to be disturbing, you can assign a student to write down names of noisy students, or you set rules in place to discipline whoever is caught disturbing the class.

Also, you can deal with parents who come with angry complaints or quarrels by setting aside a platform where parents lodge their complaints and you address them as urgent as possible. 

 

5. Do Not Procrastinate 

A job that is meant to be done at a particular time should be done at that time. 

Do what you have to do at the right time, don’t postpone a task, and attend to another thing unless it is very serious, finish a task before you start another task. 

Leaving task half done will make pile up work on your desk, and those uncompleted jobs will need your attention at some other time. Seeing the quantity alone will make you feel exhausted and stress you out or discourage you which will slow your performance.

So it’s better to do it once than do it twice. Avoid unnecessary anticipation that makes you feel like the world is on you.

 

6. Learn To Say “No”

You should learn to be blunt and outspoken. 

There may be some school event or extracurricular activities a teacher may find himself if the activities are not time favorable, you have the right to voice out your opinion, you can take on the task that is favorable to you and leave the unfavorable ones.

Don’t be afraid to say no to the task you are not prepared for. Don’t cheat yourself by taking on responsibilities that steal your time. Respectfully and kindly voice your opinion.

 

7. Clarify  Learning Goals And Criteria For Success

Learning goals are what you intend to impact on the students. It is what the students should know, understand or be able to accomplish at the end of the class. 

Focus on what you want the students to know and not what you want them to do or how you want them to do it. Encourage students to learn, they should make learning their priorities and eradicate any distraction that will hinder them from concentrating. 

Doing this allows you to stay true to the success criteria, and you’re able to identify a clear and measurable definition of success. 

Once you’re able to clarify the goals and stay focused on it, you don’t have to go back to it again.

 

Conclusion

Having more time is very beneficial to both teachers and students, and the key to making this possible is time management. A teacher with good time management skills will find his work moving smoothly, you’ll have more time to yourself compared to the ones who lack this skill and face challenges and stress at work. 

With these tips, you can acquire time management skills and have time in your favor.