Unit 1: Introduction to Time and Stress Management
Unit 1 introduces you to the ideas of time and stress management. Within this unit, you also learn the importance of goal setting and time tracking. Finally, you will find out how to-do lists can help you manage your time and stress.
Completing this unit should take you approximately 5 hours.
Upon successful completion of the unit, you will be able to:
- define time management;
- discuss the importance of goal setting;
- discuss the importance of time tracking; and
- use a to-do list.
1.1: Understanding Time Management – Everyone Has a 24-Hour Day
- In this video, Mr. Walsh defines time management and how to organize time through using some sort of to-do list or checklist method. He also gives powerful, yet simple tools for managing time and being more productive.
In this video, Samantha discusses her top-10 time management tips. She emphasizes that everyone has the same amount of time in each day (24 hours), and you can do as much as everyone else by sticking to her tips. She focuses on organization, including optimizing routine, and organizing both physical and mental items.
In this video, academic coaches from Western Washington University’s Tutoring Center offer information, focused on students who are currently in college, for time management. They give information for how to set up a calendar and how to manage time studying. Especially important, they offer information on what studying is and the importance of studying.
1.2: Why Goal Setting is Important
Read Chapters 1 through 5, on pages 4-17, to learn about successful time management. McGuiness’ guidance is relevant to any industry or field of endeavor. The concepts in these chapters will help you become more effective in completing work- and business-related tasks so that you still have time to devote to other priority activities. McGuinness also discusses goal setting as a powerful tool that you can use for motivation and to help you keep track of accomplishments. The author also offers tips to avoid feeling overwhelmed by to-do lists.
1.3: Tracking Your Time Without Making it a Chore
Read Chapters 6 and 7, on pages 21-27, to learn how to use to-do lists effectively and how to review commitments to determine importance. McGuiness suggests other tools to keep track of daily activities. Complete the questions at the end of each chapter to help assess your current planning abilities.
1.4: Find Your Personal To-do List
This section is interactive. Please find a to-do list system. We have listed a few options here, but there are dozens of other to-do lists systems that you can use, including paper-and-pencil!
Unit 1 Activities
This assessment will help you track your activities in an interactive format for an average day. You will log a variety of time-spent-on-tasks. The purpose of this assessment is to provide a holistic assessment of your ability to track tasks, including things like sleeping and eating!
- Receive a grade
Take this assessment to see how well you understood this unit.
- This assessment does not count towards your grade. It is just for practice!
- You will see the correct answers when you submit your answers. Use this to help you study for the final exam!
- You can take this assessment as many times as you want, whenever you want.