By Darryl Alder
May 13, 2016

Venturing Leadership Module: Goal Setting and Time Management

As the new Venturing program rolled out last year, Venturers asked for leadership course. Three were developed including:

Goal Setting and Time ManagementThis series will introduce you to each, beginning with Goal_Setting_and Time_Management.

Finding a successful time management strategy depends on each individual’s personality, ability to self-motivate, and level of self discipline. This course introduces established methods for improving Venturers’ ability to effectively manage a daily timeline in their lives.

The course is a requirement for the Venturing Discovery Award. However, it can be taken by Venturers at any time regardless of whether they are working on the award or not. The course may be presented as a 3½ hour workshop for single or multiple crews, making it a great event for the whole stake, both Priests and Laurels.

Time management skills can help youth reach their goals. For example, suppose they want to raise their grade in math. They might schedule a set time each day for studying or tutoring,rather than just saying, “I’ll study harder.”

If you’d rather it can broken into shorter segments and presented at crew meetings or Venturing forums or roundtables. You can adjust the approach to accommodate any number of participants; however, involvement and collaboration always increase when participants work in smaller groups.

This course should be taught by more experienced Venturers assisted by adult volunteers who are participating in the program.

The course covers these learning objectives for youth:

  • Increase awareness of time management strategies
  • Implement self-selected strategies
  • Predict external time wasters
  • Examine how time is spent
  • Model how to set priorities
  • Organize tasks by category
  • Assess the importance of using a planning tool
  • Perform work in a timely manner
  • Schedule time appropriately

Practicing good time-management skills results in higher levels of productivity for teens. It helps give more energy, lessen stress, increase the ability to get things done, it helps build positive relationships, and increased self-esteem. Youth will come to see what is important and urgent and how to respond to each. They will gain ways to control of how to spend time and get tools for improving time management, including the importance of scheduling, the need to complete work in a timely manner and how to control “time robbers”

Time management is really just a fancy term for balancing more than one responsibility at once. Like any other skill, it takes practice. This course opens the doors to some of the most difficult parts of time management, which includes holding oneself accountable for practicing the skills learned.

Tell us what do you think of this new course.

Darryl head BW

Author: Darryl Alder | Strategic Initiatives Director, Utah National Parks Council, BSA,

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