Topic outline

  • Course Introduction

    Effective time management is the key to getting the most out of your day. It helps you improve performance, increase productivity, and reduce stress. Time management is critical to maximizing your day and surviving mounting responsibilities and pressures. Time is your most important resource. Therefore, it is necessary to clarify your objectives and determine priorities daily. Every action you take represents a priority decision. The problem is rarely that you aren't capable of completing a task; the problem, most often, is time - eventually you will run out of it. This course will provide learners with several time management tools and techniques that can be applied to most work and life situations. From juggling multiple tasks, to managing e-mail, to beating deadlines: you will learn how to budget time wisely, and overcome distractions and time wasters.

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  • Unit 1: The Concept of Time Management

    While none of us knows what our future holds, some of us take proactive steps to explore possibilities and opportunities open to us. Congratulations! You are beginning an exciting journey toward realizing your goals. In order to use your time productively, you will first need to learn more about yourself, your interests and personality, and how these factors relate to various types of jobs or careers. This unit offers resources to address this self-knowledge.

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  • Unit 2: Overcoming Procrastination and Learning to Delegate

    When you are focused on something that does not reflect one of your determined priorities, you are procrastinating. In order to overcome procrastination, you must first be aware that it is happening. Unit 2 will give you the steps to manage and resolve this self-created time waster, which minimizes your productivity and creates stress. Another effective time-prioritizing technique is to identify those tasks in your life that can be delegated to others. Many of us are guilty of trying to do everything on our own. However, there are a number of time-management benefits to you, the person to whom you delegate your tasks, and the organization as a whole, when you learn to properly delegate.

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  • Unit 3: Stress Management

    As you learned in the last unit, avoiding procrastination and learning to delegate successfully helps to reduce stress. Stress is normal. Everyone feels stress related to work, family, decisions, your future, and more. Stress is both physical and mental and can be caused by major life events such as illness, the death of a loved one, a change in responsibilities or expectations at work, and job promotions, loss, or changes. Unit 3 will help you understand the impact of stress and will give you key tools to help you achieve a more balanced and stress-free life.

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  • Optional Course Evaluation Survey

    Please take a few moments to provide some feedback about this course at the link below. Consider completing the survey whether you have completed the course, you are nearly at that point, or you have just come to study one unit or a few units of this course.

    Link: Optional Course Evaluation Survey (HTML)

    Your feedback will focus our efforts to continually improve our course design, content, technology, and general ease-of-use. Additionally, your input will be considered alongside our consulting professors' evaluation of the course during its next round of peer review. As always, please report urgent course experience concerns to and/or our Discourse forums.

  • Final Exam

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