NO TIME TO WASTE!

This is an English language lesson aimed at all general levels of students who are learning English as a second language.

The lesson topic today is Time Management.

There are only twenty-four hours in one day but they are not enough to do all the things we need to do.

Let us take a look at how time is divided in a typical day.

We must sleep.  Let’s say we sleep for seven hours from eleven o’clock at night until six o’clock in the morning.

That is one third of our day just sleeping.

We probably spend another eight hours of our day working.

It might be at school for six hours plus an hour or even two of homework and an extra-curriculum activity such as music or karate lessons.

The average working day on a 9 to 5 timetable for an adult job-worker is eight hours.

We are always going somewhere, going to school, going to work, going shopping, going to walk the dog, going to watch a movie.

That involves travelling, so we can say that we spend an average two hours every day in travelling.

As good citizens of our country and true to our religious faith, we pray.  Muslims for example pray five times every day, so enough time must be allowed for that.

Christians spend more time to pray at weekends, especially Sundays at church.

We like to keep ourselves clean.  We make toilet trips and take a shower or a bath at least twice daily, once in the morning before leaving the house and then again in the evening after arriving home.

We live our siblings and parents in a family unit, so quality time as a family is sought, possibly at breakfast time or later in the evening.

It is, however, likely that the family only gets to spend quality time all together at weekends.

Of course, there needs to be ‘Me’ time when you want to do activities you want to do in your own free time.  This might be no more than just listening to music or playing a computer game.

So you see, we must manage our time everyday very carefully so that we can do the activites we want and achieve our goals.

On reflection, how is our twenty-four hours spent?

Eight hours sleeping, resting or napping.

Eight hours working, doing homework, homework or other common chores.

Two hours travelling to get somewhere.

One hour using the bathroom and making toilet trips.

One hour quality time together as a family

One hour for prayer, fitness, meditation or other.

Two hours perhaps to do what you want in your free time.

One hour to go shopping, laze around and do anything else I have missed.

There is no time to waste!

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