Time is when something happens, and Energy is the force to do something.
How do we define that? A middle school student provided a new perspective. When asked to use time and energy in one sentence, he replied, "Well, if you give your energy to something right at first, like your homework, then you will have more time to do fun things that you like a lot better." In other words, we can capture time by simply putting forth energy and effort.
This student defined a method of acquiring time, now our role is to assist our kids in selecting the activities to focus on "right at first." We can teach our students to prioritize their time, by helping them determine what tasks are most essential, place limits on activities that are less meaningful, and create a schedule that is reflective of these choices.