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How to choose a management course?
Let’s face it, there’s a bewildering array of available courses to choose from. This can sometimes make the task of deciding which course to do and where to do it so daunting, that no decision is made at all. This article shines some light on the murky waters of choosing the right course for you.
What To Consider When Choosing A Course
There is no set rule for choosing which course to study – it all boils down to what’s important for you. Each course is a unique mix of many different ingredients – from the subjects covered, the delivering organisation, and the career pathways it leads to. Look for topics that you are interested in or that are professionally relevant for you. When considering which organisation to study with, look particularly for testimonials from previous students.
Benefits Of Studying Management
Do you love working with people? A course in management can provide you with the practical skills you need to lead and inspire a team of fellow professionals. Working as a manager in an organisation can be a challenging and exciting career.
Whether you have a passion for business or you’re looking for a way to take your career to the next level, studying management can give a great boost to your professional goals.
In this particular course, you will learn how to show initiative and use judgments in planning, organising, implementing and monitoring your own workload and the workload of others. In addition, you will plan, design, apply and evaluate solutions to unpredictable problems, and identify, analyse and synthesize information from a variety of sources.
Reasons Why People Study Management
If you love working with people you’ll love studying management. People study management for all sorts of reasons:
- To get a job or to get a better job.
- To gain new knowledge and new skills.
- To achieve professional and/or business goals.
- Because management is a well-paid profession.
Why Is It Important To Study Management?
Well qualified employees are hard to find, particularly those with good management skills. Well trained managers use the knowledge and skills gained from their studies to help their organisations soar to new levels of performance, productivity and profit. The stock market regularly sets a company’s share price based of the quality of the company’s senior management.
Today’s dynamic business environment requires managers who can handle decision making, work effectively with people, and provide inspirational leadership throughout the organisation.
What is time management and how to improve it?
Many of us want to be more productive within certain time constraints, but it’s not that easy to achieve. Remember, you cannot manage time. No one ever did, and no one ever will. All you can do is manage yourself and how you go about using your time as it relentlessly passes unchecked.
What is time management?
The word ‘time’ is of Germanic and Old English descent from the word ‘tima’, leading to the English word ‘tide’. You may have heard of the old saying “Time and tide wait for no man”, meaning that no one is so powerful that they can stop the march of time. One intriguing aspect of time is that every person who ever lived was issued with precisely the same amount daily. Kings and Queens, millionaires and paupers get no more or less than the rest of us.
All my students are acutely aware of the need to use their time effectively and efficiently. Most of our courses include the subject ‘Manage personal work priorities …’ which teaches how to use time more productively. So how can we get the most out of that fleeting resource which we call time.
Time management traps
One of the first steps in making the best use of your time is to be aware of one of the greatest traps, procrastination.
The word ‘procrastination’ originates from the Latin language ‘pro=forward + crastinus = belonging to tomorrow’ so the problem has been around for a very long time. Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task which needs to be accomplished. Most people who procrastinate tend to complete those tasks which they enjoy doing rather than those which are less pleasurable.
This amusing and insightful presentation is a light-hearted look at procrastination, perhaps you can identify with it. The speaker highlights the differences on how we approach tasks with deadlines and tasks without deadlines HERE.
How to improve time management
As previously pointed out, we all have precisely the same amount of time to use on a daily basis and yet constantly hear people declare “I don’t have time!” But this is not always the case, we cannot make more time but time can stretch to accommodate what we need to achieve. What happens often is that “I don’t have time” is another way of saying “it’s not a priority for me” and this presentation highlights practical strategies to find time for what matters.
Time management tools, tips and techniques
In writing this blog I came across a new (to me) tool called Time Doctor. You can check it out (it’s free for a trial period) at the link below. It’s designed to show how you could use your time more effectively.
Time Doctor provides a detailed analysis of where time is spent during any work day and clarifies how much time you’ve spent on a project in any day, week or month and aims to increase productivity.
Tips and techniques
These are my top tips to help you achieve your goals within time.
- Make a list of everything you have to do.
- Prioritise the list using the Urgent/Important principle
- Create a study schedule for your Diploma coursework, so that you have deadlines factored in.
- Stick relentlessly to your schedule.
- Avoid procrastination (I’ll do it tomorrow).
- Avoid distractions (TV, Facebook etc.).
- Exercise to clear your head in between study sessions
- Eat nutritious food.
- Get plenty of sleep.
The end of time
Finally, remember time won’t come to an end, but each of us will. All we can do is to use our precious daily gift as wisely as we possibly can. After all, your time is in your hands.