Principles of Time Management

16 Hours / 180 Days / Self-Paced

Course Overview:

In this fast-paced world all too often it seems that time is a precious commodity. There never seems to be enough and what we have is often filled to the brim with activities that leave us little time for what we want to be doing. In this course we are going to explore various approaches to managing time and organizing our schedules so that anyone can find a method that works for them. We will explore ways to prioritize what we need to do but allow time to do what we want to do.

Students will:
  • explore the factors limiting their ability to manage time effectively.
  • use the WADE formula to begin managing time.
  • understand how the approach to time management that will work best for them.
  • identify their time management goals and create a plan to reach them.
  • use the SPACE formula to help organize their time.
  • take a look back at what they learned and look at ways their time management skills have changed.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Laying the Foundation

In this lesson we are going lay the foundation for improving our time management skills by first looking at what our time management issues are costing us. What will we gain by improving our time management skills. This goal will be something we will keep in front of us as we go through this course. Next, we will look at what may be holding us back. It could be that we lack the skills or knowledge, or that issues outside of our control keep throwing us off track. It could also be our selves standing in our way. We will end the lesson by looking at where we are spending our time so we know where we can begin improving our time management skills.

Lesson 2: The WADE Formula

In this lesson we are going to look at two ways of getting started with managing our time and dealing with the paper clutter in our lives.  For dealing with our time we will look at the WADE formula - Write it down,  Add it up,  Decide and Execute the plan.  We will also look at how to get a handle on our paper clutter.  We'll look at how to go through and sort the paper then what to do with the paper and how to keep it from getting out of hand again.

Lesson 3: Analyze

In this lesson we are going to explore our relationship to time.  We will start with choosing a planner that matches our personality.  We'll take into account how our minds work as well as our lifestyle.  Then we will explore how we relate to time - what times of day may be more productive and whether we prefer to work alone or in groups as well as what boosts our energy.  Then we will look at the categories of activities our life and how our time is spent. This can help us to find balance in our lives.

Lesson 4: Strategize

In this lesson we are going to look at setting goals, defining activities and creating time maps.  Before you can do something important, in this case effectively manage your time, you need to set a goal.  We will look at what makes a goal effective and set goals for the major areas of our lives.  Then we look at what activities will help us to reach our goals.  We will end by scheduling those activities on a time map so that we can make the best use of our time.

Lesson 5: Attack

In this lesson we begin the day to day management of our time.  We will use the SPACE Formula for dealing with our tasks.  As we encounter a task we will Sort it into what area of our life it goes with, Purge tasks we don't have to do, Assign a home to each task, planning when we will do it, Containerize our tasks so they don't take over our schedules and then Equalize our schedule by reviewing and adjusting it as needed.

Lesson 6: Putting it All Together

In the last five lessons we have explored the principles of time management and begun to apply them to our own lives.  Hopefully, you have found some techniques to help you more effectively use your time.  In this lesson we will look back at what we have learned and see what changes we have made to our time management practices.

All necessary materials are included.


System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.

Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
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**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**