A Time Management Course Worth Every Second
TypeWell’s software and training is designed to save time when transcribing a class, but what about when service providers are away from the keyboard?
We all know someone who manages time well on the clock but falls apart when it comes to balancing out the rest of their work day. Perhaps you are that person. If that’s the case, then TypeWell’s new LEO (Learning & Enrichment Online) course offering, From Mowing the Lawn to Watching the Grass Grow, is for you.
Designed by Kevin Hadduck, Director of the Academic Resource Center at Carroll College in Helena, Montana, this economical 90-minute course not only helps service providers and coordinators to better organize their work day, but provides tools and techniques to reduce stress and increase efficiency.
The course is broken into 3 simple lessons.
Each lesson focuses on a different impediment to efficiency and offers possible solutions. The first lesson looks at stress and the counter-productive pressure you place on yourself whenever you ascribe to common-yet-unrealistic notions of work ethic, e.g., "I’m a tireless worker." It also teaches a meditation technique (“mesmering”) to help combat this stress by increasing focus.
Lesson two teaches basic time management techniques to help you organize (“batch”) your hourly schedule without over-programming yourself. The final lesson looks at long-term scheduling solutions using tools that are simple and free.
I had a chance to preview this course, and the most impressive part for me is not the novelty of its ideas. After all, meditation, list-making, and schedule-building are all established methods of stress reduction most of us are familiar with to some degree. Rather, what impresses me is the designer’s ability to succinctly pull together all of these lessons in a way that feels appropriately efficient but also fresh, useful, and flexible.
It’s not a class with dry lectures and draconian demands.
The course content prompts you to consider, in your best and most capable moments, the strategies that work for you , and then encourages you to develop those strategies in order to promote healthier and more consistent habits of time management.
One of Hadduck’s main take-aways is that, during your busiest times, it may feel as though you don’t have a second to spare on meditation when, in reality, you can’t afford not to take that important time to clear your mind. The same can be said for this course.
With the growing demand for transcribing, it can be easy to fill the day with a variety of assignments but, if you carve out a few minutes for this short course, you may find, in the long run, that you have even more time than you previously thought.