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Why Time Is Of Essence

Time managment TIPS

One of the most recurring terms in our communication and conversations is “Time”. As we research for the next issue of our newsletter, HorizoNews, Chronos is depicted as an essential asset to have on your side, whether you are a faculty member, a student, a member of staff… In the latest newsletter issue, we underline the importance of planning as a way for online students to prepare for an efficient year of successful studies.We have also mentioned before in this blog, how crucial it is to take breaks, breathe, look around and come back recharged. So, how can we learn how to manage our time better, to preserve a “white space”, and what does free time mean (does it still mean something to you)? Time, over and over again, calls for our attention.

One way to go about time is to manage it through the very popular time-management set of skills. What may come naturally to some of us, may be slightly more problematic for others. If we look closer at the intervention of time in online courses, we can also rely on ECTS per course. According to the Bologna process, each ECTS stands for about 25 hours of work. Given the total number of ECTS for a given course, students will then be able to understand at a glance how many hours each course involves. These are then split between Engagement, Preparation and Independent study hours depending on the tasks and type of involvement they require. When courses are developed, it is essential that theres parameters are taken into consideration to offer quality and consistent content in compliance with the Bologna standards and learning outcomes.

Time management applied to online studies guarantees rhythm, helps define time blocks that allow for deep learning/deep work and infuse a sense of scope while also making sure that a course can be completed. We assist our online students in time-management by providing them with a Study Plan: this document helps them acknowledge their tasks and evaluate how much time they will need to perform them and reach their goals.

As with many other aspects of our lives, time control and management cannot go without winding down, and I would even say that one cannot grow stronger, be beneficial without the other. To better manage our time, we also need to take breaks: after a pause, our brain and body are fully recharged and ready to re-engage. Carving out a white space means accepting a shift in our routine which may feel unsettling for some of us prone to coordinate and manage every aspect of an overly busy life or of what feels like it for an entire addicted generation. The panic one may feel raising as the days grow slower and time opens up for ourselves and our thoughts is only normal. And, guess what? It requires time to adapt! But the process is a healthy one that helps fight stress and a very effective way to clear a creative and brainstorming block. You cannot find the right sentence for your conclusion? Your ideas are stuck? Try going for a walk, listening to some music, meeting with friends… According to marketing strategy consultant Dorie Clark, “We need to carve out blank space. (…) You don’t need time to have a great idea, what you need is space.” The goal is to find the right balance so that you can learn, teach, discover with pleasure and renewed motivation and strength.

What is your solution when it comes to letting go and learning to re-engage? Do you actually have to learn how to do this or does it come naturally to you? What are your favorite time-management tools or go-to activities when you need to step down a notch and “fill your mind and your soul with inspiration“? What are your favorite time-management tools? Let’s share our experiences here!

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Set Your GOALS (+ a bonus for our readers!)

Set your goals

In order to successfully progress through your academic project, setting a series of goals will help you gain focus and direction. Setting goals is a specific process that requires careful and analytical upstream brainstorming and planning in order to be a life changing experience. In this month’s HorizoNews newsletter issue, we revealed some of our insider’s tips and we are now ready to share some of them here (and adding a FREE resource to help you going too!):

1 – Your Q&A session

Asking yourself thought provoking questions will help you identify your goals and the means you will need to use to reach them. Try answering some of the following questions to get your brainstorming started about your motivation and objectives:

> What motivates me?

> What are my strong points and how can I leverage them?

> What are my weak points and how can I improve them?

> What is my academic project and why?

> What is my professional project and why?

> Is there any part of your mindset holding you back?

This is just a sample of the questions you may ask yourself to define the route you want to follow and the tools and skills you want to utilize.

2 – The SMART goals

A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the SMART mnemonic. While there are plenty of variants (some of which we’ve included in parenthesis), SMART usually stands for:

S – Specific (or Significant).
M – Measurable (or Meaningful).
A – Attainable (or Action-Oriented). R – Relevant (or Rewarding).
T – Time-bound (or Trackable).

3 – Write them down!

Writing your goals down will make them real and attainable.

We strongly advise you to use positive sentences and action verbs to make your goals clear and actionable. To track your progression, be extremely precise when writing them down, providing as many details and milestones as possible: dates, deadlines, amounts, tools (tables, to-do lists, books)… Break massive goals down into smaller ones to make them reachable and to allow yourself to monitor your progression every step of the way and make adjustments wherever needed. You will then be able to build on the previous goal-reaching experience to move on to the next one better equipped.

To complement the actionable guidelines we have shared with you in our June newsletter issue and here, we have designed a practical resource for you: the very ultimate and FREE CHEAT SHEET! It is all yours to download for FREE  – click on the action button below to start planning your future:

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We hope you enjoy the free resource and encourage you to share your progression and own tips with us and our readers in the comments, on Facebook and Twitter. If you have not subscribed to our exclusive newsletter, this is the perfect time to do it: the relevant sign up field is visible at the bottom of our Home Page.

Happy goal settings to you all!

 

 

A Taste of MBA 505

As one of the instructors for MBA 505 (Advanced Organizational Behavior) at Horizons University, I have found many interesting and useful ideas and concepts.  In this course we look at a variety of behavioral concepts that impact overall productivity and organizational excellence.

One of the key features we look at from the leadership prospective is how to engage your staff. In other words, how to get them excited and improve productivity.

Here is some interesting information presented by Daniel Pink, author of “A Whole New Mind”…

(Click below for an interesting RSA animated presentation)

The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Let me know what you think.