Tired of hearing "How much time is left?"
Help your learners budget their time better with a striking visual cue.
The Time Timer gives instant feedback on the amount of time left for an activity and is particularly helpful to visual learners who rely heavily on visual cues. Set at any point from 0 to 60 minutes. The red disc moves clockwise and diminishes as time elapses until no red is visible on the timer face.
The 8" model is great for smaller classrooms, for desktop use only.
Optional audio signal (a demure "beep-beep") and an on/off switch allows you to choose to use or lose the sound!
View video below for great ideas on how to use TIMERS in meetings!
Uses one AA battery, not included (can be ordered separately: #BAT2A).
** Time Management Tips **
CREATE AN AGENDA
- Identify the amount of time needed for each part of the agenda
- Instead of writing your agenda as a list, create a pie chart on your whiteboard that shows which segments of time will be dedicated to which topic.
- If you always take more time than you think:
- Do a 20/20 Hindsight analysis to understand what leads you to go astray
- Create time-logs to keep track of how long things really take, so you can plan better next time
- Prioritize – ask yourself, “What is the most important thing we need to accomplish?” Or, “If we get nothing else accomplished today, what is the most important task we should tackle
STICK TO THE AGENDA
- VISUAL REMINDER: Use the Time Timer to create a visual reminder about the amount of time that has elapsed and the amount of time that remains for each part of your agenda.
- TIMEKEEPER: Ask someone to be your timekeeper and give the group a 5-minute or 3-minute warning before time is up.
- PARKING LOT: If a topic arises that is not on the agenda
- Acknowledge its importance
- Keep a “parking lot” for topics that need to be addressed later
- UNDERSTAND THE COST: Put a price on the cost of meetings
- EAT THE FROG: Tackle the hardest items first – “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” ~ Mark Twain
- STEPHEN COVEY'S TIME MANAGEMENT MATRIX:
- Differentiate URGENT and NOT-URGENT tasks
- Separate out IMPORTANT and NOT-IMPORTANT tasks
- Focus your time on the items that are both urgent and important! Don't get thrown off by distractions and busy work.
- GIVE YOURSELF A GRADE: Reflect on how well you did and where there might be room for improvement.
- OPTIMIZE TIME: Understand that some problems might by urgent and important and yet, might benefit from some cooling down time, reflection, or independent brainstorming before you tackle them.
- PREP: distribute the agenda before the meeting so participants can reflect on it, then make comments or ask questions accordingly.
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This is a great tool to promote self-management in groups. I no longer have to play the timing czar because groups can all monitor time remaining on the clock. One glitch is that it doesn't have an out of time zone. In other words, a group looks up and sees that time is out and thinks that their time has just ended when, in reality, several minutes may have passed without their knowing it. Guess the facilitator has a job after all.