Time Managementand Online LearningBy Rhoda Twist and Stacey Marshall
Online Learning Facts• 96% of universities offer at least one online class• Over 5 million students took at least one online course last year• Online enrollment grew by over 27% last year
Featured Topics• Some time management mistakes and how to fix them• Time management is Attitude, Goal Setting, Planning, and Organization• Time management is prioritization• Poor time management has negative effects-Procrastination and overcoming it• Helpful Tips
Time Management Mistakesand how to fix them Mistakes Fixing the mistakes• Failing to keep a to do list • Goal setting• Not setting personal goals • Get a planner• Not prioritizing • Use a Eisenhower box to• Failing to manage distractions prioritize• Procrastination • Staying focused• Taking on to much • Know what your time is• Thriving on “busy” worth• Multitasking • Treat yourself to a• Not taking breaks positive attitude• Ineffectively scheduling tasks • Organizing your tasks
Attitude is Important• Do not get overwhelmed• Remain positive• Convince yourself that you can achieve success in the online learning environment
Attitude and Self Motivation• Take charge of goals and achievements• Reward yourself for your progress and final outcomes.• Make time for yourself• Set realistic and achievable goals.• Concentrate and Focus: -Improve concentration -Balance challenges and skills-Stay focused with distractions
Goal Setting makes for a great start• Five Golden Rules1. Set goals that motivate you 2. Set SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time bound3. Set your goals in writing and in plain sight4. Make an action plan5. Stick with your plan!!• Visualize yourself doing and completing your goal
Planning & Organizing:Expectations• Review the syllabus for each class you take• Make instructor contact information readily available (e-mail& phone number)• Write down important dates from the course schedule
Organization = Efficiency• Create mini-deadlines for course work - try to work incrementally• Create a comfortable work environment free from distractions• Keep course work from specific classes separate
Prioritization is Key• Course work comes first• Learn to say “no” to activities that prevent you from completing course work• Do not feel guilty; instead, get course work done early
Prioritization is Key• Use an "Eisenhower box" to help you evaluate urgency and importance. This can help you identify and prioritize what needs your immediate attention. Urgent Not Urgent -Assignments -Personal -Tests duties Important -Studying for -Study Guides next week 1 2 -Interruptions -Busy work -Distractions -Time Not Important Wasters -E-mails 3 4
Self-pacing is Crucial• Do not study for too long (roughly 10 minutes of downtime per 1 hour of studying)• Make adequate time for large assignments• Look ahead at course work often to avoid unpleasant surprises
Procrastination is Bad! A wide array of studies link procrastination topersonal behavioral factors, such as lack ofmotivation, deficiencies in self regulation, externalfocus of control, perfectionism, disorganization,and poor time managementHigh arousal -How we feel during times of trying to complete a task and our skillChallenge Worry and Flow and level perception affects our moodLevel anxiety control when we face those tasks and can aid in procrastination. Apathy or relaxationLow Boredom Low Perceived skill level High
Procrastination is Bad!• Short and long-term negative impact on academic success• Personal well-being: stress, guilt, and depression• Do your best work: procrastination makes this impossible
Beating Procrastination Ask yourself: What am I avoiding?• Recognize that you are procrastinating• Work out why you are procrastinating• Adopt anti-procrastination strategies • Beating it, do not become overwhelmed, stay organized, remain motivated, find good in every task.
Helpful Tips• Save your work often• Organize online course work in designated folders on your hard drive (i.e. NURS397)• Back up your work: use flash drives and make printed copies• Get a planner and use all its tools• Reward yourself when you complete large assignments
Conclusion• You can be successful in the online learning environment• Time management is the key to that success• Set goals and develop your scheduling and organizing skills• Stay positive, self motivated, and focused• Beat Procrastination
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