Time and project management; problem solving

Time and project management;
problem solving

Managing time and tasks:

Time management
Developing time management skills is a journey that may begin with this Guide, but needs practice and other guidance along the way.

Use this Excel Spreadsheet to manage assigned readings, exams, and project deadlines for all classes for the entire semester

Creating to-do lists
Listing and prioritizing three to five tasks that enables you to identify and visualize a core group of tasks for easy reference

Avoiding procrastination
Is your procrastination related to a project? or is it a habit?

Developing self-discipline
Self-discipline can be considered a type of selective training, creating new habits of thought, action, and speech toward improving yourself and reaching goals.

My daily schedule:
Exercise (Flash): review how you spend your time in a typical day to help you prioritize your goals and objectives.

My daily schedule:
Exercise (Java): review how you spend your time in a typical day to help you prioritize your goals and objectives.

My weekly schedule:
Exercise (Java): review how you spend your time in a typical week to help you prioritize your goals and objectives.

Organizing my tasks:
Consider (and prioritize!) three goals or objectives that you would like to accomplish, and consider them as tasks.

Scheduling:
Use your school calendar to fit in your priorities

Motivating yourself:

Interactive Exercise

As we begin to meet expectations created by our families, schools, and environment,

the motivation of our early years shifts from our goals to pleasing others,

and often our desire to learn suffers...

Exercise text

Problem solving/decision making:

Overview
We solve problems and make decisions everyday/all the day: at home, at work, at play, even at the grocery store!

Defining and gathering
Define the Problem--What prevents you from reaching your goal?

Alternatives
Look at your problems in different ways; find a new perspective that you haven't thought of before.

Implementation
Step-by-step process or actions for solving the problem...

Creative problem solving solutions
The following strategies encourage you to think productively, rather than reproductively, in order to arrive at solutions to problems.

Graphic overview of problem solving process

Using analogies for problem solving
Use analogies to compare and contrast options in problem solving and decision making. This is a great way to brainstorm and organize new and creative solutions.

Adaptive decision making
Adaptive techniques for solving problems are a combination of logic and common sense, and while not precise, can produce satisfactory solutions.

Managing by exception
Work on those matters that are critical to you. Leave matters to others that are not.

Managing stress

Project management:

Completing a class assignment
This eight-step exercise will help you effectively work through a challenging assignment...

Organizing challenging projects
This simple sequence will help you to identify stages for completing projects.


for organizing projects

Developing case studies
require you to isolate and think through the key issues involved against both theory and the larger comparative environment...

Spreadsheets and budgets
Where did your money go? Spreadsheets can help you with your financial calculations.

Setting your (school) budget
This simple exercise will help you balance your educational budget...