• Course Introduction

        • Time: 12 hours
        • Free Certificate
        Time and stress management are two basic components of success. Our challenge is to budget our time wisely and create a system to identify, evaluate, and eliminate personal and work-based distractors and stressors. This course teaches you how to earn more time and be less stressed.

        Unit 1 introduces the concepts of time and stress. What does it mean to manage time and stress? Unit 2 dives deeper into identifying key stressors and distractors to help you better understand your specific situation. Unit 3 offers strategies for eliminating distractors to reduce our stress.

        • Course Syllabus

          First, read the course syllabus. Then, enroll in the course by clicking "Enroll me". Click Unit 1 to read its introduction and learning outcomes. You will then see the learning materials and instructions on how to use them.

        • Unit 1: Time Management Skills

          Unit 1 introduces the concepts of time and stress management and discusses the importance of goal setting and time tracking. For example, you have had to put aside other activities and tasks to allow time to take this course. Were they important or urgent, and did they align with your goals? How did you decide what activities to modify, reschedule, or eliminate? Did you hand some actions off to someone else? Do you still feel overwhelmed and need help with obtaining a successful outcome from incorporating this course into your schedule, which was already chaotic?

          This unit emphasizes putting you in control of your time and giving you the planning tools to meet goals and reduce your unhealthy stress levels. You will learn that distractions, lack of planning, and a failure to prioritize can sabotage your personal and professional life.

          In the materials below, you will learn about tools you can use to gain control of your time. For example, creating a to-do list can help you manage your time and reduce stress. Remember that efficiency may necessitate recruiting others to help you complete your work. In business terms, you want to optimize your time as a return on investment. How can you maximize balancing your personal and work time to achieve a healthy, rejuvenated, and successful life?

          Completing this unit should take you approximately 3 hours.

        • Unit 2: Enhancing Workplace Productivity

          Unfortunately, most of us lack the benefit of a quiet corner office on the penthouse floor or the ability to retreat to a soundproof room to concentrate on our work. We must often perform our jobs amid multiple sources of noise and distractions. Do you or your manager measure your productivity in terms of how many tasks you can perform at once without really looking at the quality of the outcomes? The following resources will help clarify the impact of these obstacles on your success.

          In this unit, you will learn how we undermine our productivity and gain tools to improve our ability to focus, prioritize, and improve our decision-making and problem-solving skills. Pay particular attention to how goal setting relates to personal and professional accomplishment.

          Completing this unit should take you approximately 5 hours.

        • Unit 3: Managing Stress

          What are stressors and distractors? Why are certain jobs more stressful than others? Why do some people handle stress better than others? How can you use stressors and distractors to your advantage? Let's discuss some common myths and truths as we figure out how much time we need to devote to certain tasks.

          Completing this unit should take you approximately 3 hours.

        • Course Feedback Survey

          Please take a few minutes to give us feedback about this course. We appreciate your feedback, whether you completed the whole course or even just a few resources. Your feedback will help us make our courses better, and we use your feedback each time we make updates to our courses.

          If you come across any urgent problems, email contact@saylor.org.

        • Certificate Final Exam

          Take this exam if you want to earn a free Course Completion Certificate.

          To receive a free Course Completion Certificate, you will need to earn a grade of 70% or higher on this final exam. Your grade for the exam will be calculated as soon as you complete it. If you do not pass the exam on your first try, you can take it again as many times as you want, with a 7-day waiting period between each attempt.

          Once you pass this final exam, you will be awarded a free Course Completion Certificate.