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How can you as a parent ensure your child is productive while not enforcing things onto them?

There are few direct & other indirect means of making your child productive.

Wake up to catch the sun everyday, because early birds get the worm.

Studies have shown that waking up early & having a morning routine (that doesn’t involve screen time) gives people a head start to the day & makes kids proactive.

Sustained motivation

Back in the old days (screen free times) people used wall posters of their heros to inspire them to work towards a goal. We think that still works, you should do it for your kid too!

They’ve sure got idols be it Ironman from the Avengers or Steve Jobs, any & all motivation helps.

Avoid multitasking

Until there is skill mastery, multitasking only makes one less productive & inefficient. Ensure you leave 15-30 minute windows between their demanding tasks as a buffer to avoid having to multitask.

Keep yourself physically active & have a sound sleep

One follows the other, if a child tends to have an early morning exercise routine their system will force them to sleep early & deeply. These inturn promote mental well-being, which is as important as physical well-being, if not more for being consistently productive.

We suggest that you have a workout planned for the week in advance, this in itself is a huge driving force to exercise daily. Make your child a workout card with a list of exercises. You can curate exercises using free websites like Musclewiki. Or just go on a swim, walk, run, cycling or play a sport you and your child love.

Have a physical calendar & write list of things to do

This has been a practice for so many generations, having priority tasks written on a calendar puts you on a path of high accountability. With this plan already in place, kids exactly know what they have to do – bird’s eye view.

But if you are the kind who wants the convenience of being able to edit/move schedules with a click & also get reminders, then A free calendar app like Google calender is what you need.

Keep a realistic to-do list

The urge for you as a parent to fill your child’s day with the most number of productive tasks possible is understandable. But, do not forget that even for an average adult there are only 4-5 peak productive hours in a day, which obviously would be less for kids. So, having a very realistic-achievable to-do list is critical to keep your child going consistently.

You could use Google calendar, Google docs or something more advanced like Notion to make yourself a to-do list.

Use skilling platforms to make your life easier.

You as a parent cannot always be tracking progress, tweaking your child’s schedules & at times may even run out of things to do.

Take this weight off your shoulder & leave this to the experts. Use services like Duolingo to teach kids a new language & Kidvento.app to make sure kids keep skilling even when they are bored.

Have sticky notes bookmarks, highlighters & make mind maps of important things.

Most kids when they read/study can’t retain or grasp a concept in one go. To avoid them having to go through everything (the unwanted filler content) we suggest three tried and tested hacks,

  • Use sticky notes to mark important pages/sections.
  • Use a highlighter/pencil to mark important points within a page.
  • Use mind mapping techniques to create a visual layout of the whole concept for quicker revisions. If putting a pen to paper isn’t your child’s jam, use simple tools like Google slides to make your mind maps.
  • Some concepts like Math involves memorising. In such a situation make cheat sheets with all formulae & theorems in one place for you to quickly revise (remind kids that these aren’t copy chits, chits in exams might get them a few extra grades but it won’t help them excel in life).

Have a pocket size notebook on you at all times because you never know when creativity strikes. Refer to these notes during your weekly planning.

  • Clear all clutter around them & remove all distractions from their table. Clean their surroundings, to clean their mind space.

 

Meditate & journal before going to bed.

Two very powerful tools to grow your child’s mindset.

Journals could be as simple as

How was your day?

What did you dream of today?

If your kid is someone who predominantly learns by listening, then you should try guided meditation using free apps like Medito.

Caution for parents

  • Don’t force kids to follow a defined pattern, planning for productivity is very subjective, needs to be tailor made by trial and error.
  • If it weren’t already evident, hard work alone doesn’t make one productive.
  • The best part is you could use these hacks to make your life productive too.
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Make productivity fun!