Dear Reader by Leslie Josel

The Writer’s Life newest feature, Dear Reader, gives authors a chance to talk to their readers - YOU!  
Today's guest is Leslie Josel, author of the nonfiction, What's the Deal With Teens and Teen Management.


Dear Reader…

Thank you so much for choosing my book to read. I am truly honored! But, that also means you are grappling with time management issues in your home – just like the rest of us! Well, you’ve come to the right place. My book is chock full of tips and tools to help you help your child, BUT here are a few things I want you to know BEFORE you dive in.

The subject of time management is filled with emotion, anxiety and confusion. And my goal in writing this book is simply to provide support and guidance for parents looking to help their teens understand, develop and implement these skills. Please remember this book is a guide; one to pick up again and again whether to learn a new set of skills or just for a refresher course. Some of the strategies will hit home immediately; others you will dismiss outright. Some of the methods are meant for younger teens; others for older. To get the most out of the book, it is most important for you to go through it at your own pace, on your own time and in your own way.

So please DON’T do the following:

·        Stress out! As parents, we want to do EVERYTHING for our children. And since I have written a book with tons of strategies and suggestions, some will feel that they have to do all of them…and at the same time. That could not be further from the truth. The goal here is NOT to have you do everything at once, think you are not doing enough, or worse, everything wrong.
·        Think these solutions are intended to be quick fixes. This process will take effort and patience. If you see they are working, great. And if they are not working, no worries. Move on. If all you do is enable your teen to regularly and effectively use one specific time management skill, you should consider that a victory since that one, newly-developed skill could make all the difference in the world and will most likely facilitate the learning of another.
·        Be on a schedule. When it comes to developing time management skills, there is no clock or calendar. In other words, I can’t tell you how long it will be until you see progress. But as I’ve seen in my work with clients, parents to have an innate sense of whether something will work with their teen and how long it may take for them to grab on.

So don’t get discouraged. Trust yourself and your teen, keep working at it and try different approaches until you find what works. Go slow. Keep throwing things up against the wall and see what sticks. As I have come to learn, working with teens on time management skills is truly a work in progress. And I’m hoping you will take my book with you on your journey.

About the Author: 

Leslie Josel is the Principal of Order Out of Chaos®, an organizing consulting firm specializing in student organizing and chronic disorganization.  Launched in 2004, Order Out of Chaos® offers organizing, time management and coaching services; provides family education and ADHD resources as well as teleclasses, webinars, videos, and products to hundreds of families.

Leslie is a graduate of the JST Coach Training Program for teens and college students with ADHD. She is a Golden Circle member of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) and earned her Chronic Disorganization and Hoarding Specialist certificates from the Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD).

In 2015, Leslie’s second book, What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management, a parents’ step-by-step guide to help teach their teens the time management skills they need to succeed in school, home and in life, was published. Leslie is also the creator of the award winning Academic Planner: A Tool for Time Management,” a student planner that helps middle and high schoolers develop and master time management skills. 

A respected resource on ADHD and Executive Functioning in students, Leslie speaks and conducts workshops nationally to parent and educator groups on a variety of issues and topics facing students today, including The Matan Institute, National Ramah Camping Commission, and Morgan Stanley.  Leslie has also been featured in national broadcast and print media such as the Hallmark Channel’s “The Better Show”, “Conversations in Care” radio, The Associated Press, Family Circle Magazine, and Educational Dealer Magazine.

Also known nationally as an expert on chronic disorganization and hoarding issues, Leslie has appeared on many episodes of TLC’s hit television show, “Hoarding: Buried Alive”,  and the Cooking Channel’s television special, “Stuffed: Food Hoarders”. In 2014, Leslie received a Telly Award, the Internet/Online programming’s highest honor for her work on dLifeTV. 

She is also the co-author of the award winning “The Complete Diabetes Organizer: Your Guide to a Less Stressful and More Manageable Diabetes Life” (Spry, 2013).

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For More Information
About the Book:

Title: What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management: A Parents’ Guide to Helping Your Teen Succeed
Author: Leslie Josel
Publisher: People Tested Media
Pages: 88
Genre: Nonfiction/Parenting 

Time management is a challenge for everyone, but it is a particularly daunting challenge for teens. More than 70% of teens in the US struggle with time management and the numbers are growing. Teens are busier than ever and they lack the necessary tools to manage their time.

Nationally recognized time management expert, Leslie Josel, in her new book, What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management, takes parents step-by-step through the basics of teaching teens the time management skills they need to succeed-at school, at work and in life. Says Josel, “Time management is a skill that doesn’t come naturally to everyone-but it can be learned.  This guide opens the door to the world of time management, what it really means, why it is important and why teens probably don’t ‘get it’.”

This is a user-friendly guide full of best practice solutions for helping teens stay on top of their homework, avoid procrastination traps, get out the door in the morning with minimal conflict and manage the use of their electronics. “Throughout the book I offer up my ‘Triple Ts’ – my tried and true Tips, Tools and Techniques- to provide support and guidance for parents looking to help their teens understand, develop and implement time management skills.”

In this book, parents will learn the FIVE mindsets needed to start their teen on the journey of time management awareness; how to create a “Personal Homework Profile” to better understand how their teen tackles homework; how to help their teen create a time sense and develop “future awareness”; what FOMO is and how to manage it at home; how to kick procrastination to the curb; and so much more!

For More Information

  • What’s the Deal with Teens and Time Management: A Parents’ Guide to Helping Your Teen Succeed is available at Amazon.
  • Pick up your copy at Barnes & Noble.
  • Watch the book trailer here.
  • Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads.

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