A recent study from one of the top universities in the world looks at the core aspects of time management. What could this teach us?
• What Is The Importance Of Time Management In Any (online Or Face-to-face) Learning Environment?
The takeaway from the most recent spate of management and leadership studies is that time management is an essential pillar of learning. There are two reasons that time management is so important:
First, studies show that unless we manage our time effectively, we won’t make our educational goals, or know ourselves well enough to determine the kind of education that is best for us. Second, research shows that once students acquire the skills of time management, they are more likely to adjust, and strengthen, their skills to be much more effective in life.
There are multiple cases and situations in which time management will be a critical ingredient to learning the most effective ways to learn things. That applies to both face-to-face educational settings, and online learning experiences. Many teachers rely heavily on digital programs and pre-recorded learning materials. There is also a lot of interest in non-cognitive techniques such as introspection and contemplation.
While the two settings present unique learning challenges for time management, both have exactly the same, essential elements of critical thinking, persistence, perseverance, persistence, and tolerance of failure in order to achieve mastery in the various learning styles.
There is a general view that educators and leaders are overestimating the impact of multitasking on productivity, and some studies show that students can hold multiple tasks simultaneously without experiencing fatigue or loss of focus.
For online learning environments, the challenge is the inability to recognize the contexts of tasks. It is particularly difficult to distinguish the time to finish each task, and the intervals between tasks. Students need to know which tasks to complete on which days, the pacing of their academic tasks.
It is often said that online educators need to “lead” their students, showing and enabling them where the boundaries are, and where the line is to be drawn between learning and production.
That would seem to be what time management is all about. If these guidelines can be met effectively in a project to reach learning objectives, it means that the learning tasks will succeed on their own, without any intervention or instruction.
The Ten Steps to Managing Time are:
— Read before meeting: The scheduling of your meetings will greatly improve both the quality and the overall cost of time spent in meeting with team members. It is easy to recognize the start and end of meetings and prioritize them to arrive at the best possible solutions.
— Go away from your desk at 5 PM- 6 PM: Whether doing readings online or doing paper work, the time for this kind of thinking should be scheduled in advance. If this is not possible, then at least inform yourself of where you can go out for evening meetings, to do some casual thinking. This will ensure that you have the time to complete the tasks in the study or on the workstation before turning your attention to other tasks.
— Plan your study for eight hours: By acknowledging the time that you will have for reading assignments and studies, the selected time period becomes a natural target for making note of what is going on in the examination hall. This helps you to finish reading the answers for several sections of each subject in a time range that gives yourself enough free time to do homework and reinforce with supplementary study materials.
— Make time for the family: Learning just about anything takes time, and taking the family out on the weekends for afternoon tea, attending a couple of play dates, or renting a movie at the local multiplex is a quick way to ensure that you have enough free time for research, assignments, and study. A weekend of playing video games in the basement could even be very beneficial.
— Make it “run”: Educational tasks such as studying, or reading, or even watching videos can be considerably easier when you are taking short breaks at regular intervals throughout the day. Try getting up a little earlier each day, starting with taking a nice walk around the neighborhood, or do some errands around the building.
— Only work when you have control: Your inbox or e-mail inbox will become unproductive if it keeps appearing in your “to do” folder every hour. Make a list of everything you need to do that day, or work through whatever tasks appear in your inbox until they are completed.
— Create room for mistakes: There is a fine line between constantly working and getting bored, with no time left to challenge yourself. Don’t force yourself to work full hours if you know that some days you have difficulty coping with the work load or your hand is not as strong as you might wish it to be. Make room for mistakes by taking some time off from the tasks that bother you, and writing down the to-do list and asking yourself what you are doing. Then plan a rest day or extra time off to tackle what you