All teenagers have demands upon their time that we as adults tend to overlook. Aside from the demands of school, extracurricular activities are important to them, as are social relationships. Still, they have the same twenty four hours as everyone else. A complicating factor is that teenager's body clocks don't kick in until late morning; so the first hours of the morning may very well be lost to them. All this makes the predicament they face understandable; yet everyone has to exercise some degree of time management. Since teenagers are still in a learning groove, time management is one of the important elements they need to master so that they will be prepared to handle competing issues as adults. If they do not learn it during their teenage years, as adults they will be disorganized, easily confused, and have difficulty obtaining and keeping gainful employment.
Yes teenagers need to learn to manage time because they will soon be in the adult world where many obligations and commitments consume their time. However, there are more immediate needs for time management. Students today are more diversified than those of previous decades. It is not uncommon to find students today enrolled in both high school and college courses while still in high school. In addition, many of these students are also involved in sports. This requires time management, but they also need to manage time so that they can ensure themselves some downtime for relaxation.
Teenagers need to learn time management for a variety of reasons. Since they will soon be entering college or the work force they will need to know how to manage their time effectively. If they do not do this they will not be successful. Teens are under a lot stress with just dealing with normal teenage "stuff" and if they do not have good time management skills it will just add to this stress.
Many patterns of behavior are set in people's youth. From parents, children perceive examples of how and how not to conduct one's life and many of these lessons stay with them throughout their adult lives. Also, teens, as burgeoning adults, acquire other habits from the example of their peers, teachers, etc. Certainly it behooves them at this time in their lives to establish good habits that will help relieve them of the stress of their high school and college years, as well as their future as adults involved in many relationships. There is no question that the organized management of one's time leads to the acquisition of better grades. Besides, a calmer, less stressful existence, an existence that is usually happier than not.
I actually think that, generally speaking, my four years in high school were busier than my first four years as a "full fledged adult" working full time (until I had kids). High school is packed with important things, all of which affect students' immediate futures. They are juggling grades, sports, drama, church, jobs, and family. And they have a constant pressure not to fail. Add to this, their lack of experience does not allow them to know when to say "no."
I found my schedule suddenly opened up when I was working full time. I was much more protective and selfish of my personal time, and made it a goal to leave all work at work. When I came home every night at 4:30 or 5, I was fully done for the day. No homework. No practice. Just dinner to cook and family time.
High school is probably the first experience we get for deadlines, stress, and priorities. Learning to manage time in high school is a great set up for the rest of life, because often, though we always think things are getting more important and more stressful as we grow up, the reality is (I think) it can become much easier.
I feel like the teenagers today have many more things to manage and juggle. It seems that they are constantly juggling things from school, home, work and extra curricular activities. It is very important that they learn how to manage their time in order to keep everything balanced in their daily life. Also as stated above it is a life long skill that has to be taught and learned.
Because they're soon going to be full-fledged adults with lots of responsibilities to juggle, teens need to learn when the pressure is less (although for some it's bad enough already in high school).
When teens get to college, they will have to make all their own decisions about how to spend their time. If they are going to succeed in this, they need to have some practice at it. Otherwise, they will get to college and be completely lost.
So, teens have to practice this so they will be able to cope with the pressures that will hit them in college (and then in the workplace).
If there's an age bracket that needs more time management, it would be the teenagers.
That is because they are filled with so much distractions - from technology to the internet. Their attention can easily get diverted.
The best thing to do at the moment is for parents to guide them. Parents need to make it clear to these teenagers that time management is needed for them to become more successful later on in life. They can read books, attend seminars, use time management tools or even just apply certain techniques.
As early as now, they already need it. It will get worse if they don't act on it now.