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Course Review: Improving Your Focus

Teacher: Dave Crenshaw
Length: 53m
ProviderLynda.com (course link)

Improving Your Focus is the fourth and final course in the Improve Your Organizational Skills learning pathway. It is a chopped down version of Dave Crenshaw’s Time Management Fundamentals but also touches on personal growth.
Given the huge crossover in the two courses, folks might prefer to enrol solely in Time Management Fundamentals. However, it is a decent overview of the material covered in Time Management Fundamentals later on down the track. You could, however, use it as an introduction to the subject matter.

In conclusion, this course is a great introduction to the subject matter but you’ll see more of the concepts explained in greater detail in Time Management Fundamentals. It could, however, be used as an abridged version of the longer course later down the track should you get a bit rusty. I recommend this course to anyone looking for an introduction of the material or a quick revision of the longer course.


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Course Review: Time Management Fundamentals

Teacher: Dave Crenshaw
Length: 2h 51m
ProviderLynda.com (course link)

I decided to enrol in the learning path Improve Your Organizational Skills because I am not the most organised person. Sure, I’ve done courses and read books on the subject in the past, but they never really stuck. I also tend to adopt habits of those that I live with. These habits work for them but don’t work for me. I hoped to learn at least a couple useful methods for addressing my shoddy organisation habits going in but I prepared for a non-event.

Time Management Fundamentals is the first course in the path and addresses three areas: Space, Mind and Time. From the beginning, Dave Crenshaw considers how we can reduce switch-tasking. Dave Crenshaw considers how we can reduce switch-tasking. You might have an idea of the inherent problems in switch-tasking already. For those that don’t, let’s just say that it isn’t an efficient way to finish your tasks.
I was a little sceptical initially but over time, the methods made a lot of sense. Within the day, I was able to implement many of the suggestions. I still have a way to go, but uncluttering your life goes a long way towards helping free up time that can be used for other things. I still have a bit of work in the email uncluttering department but I feel like I am in a lot better place than where I was before I did the course. To say that I got something out of this course is an understatement. I was able to implement many of the methods discussed immediately. This is where a lot of other books and courses on the subject fail miserably.

In conclusion, I highly recommend this course to anyone looking to make better use of their workspace and time. You can get a bit more of your sanity back in the process as well because you are less likely to rummage and forget things. If this appeals to you, give the course a run and try to implement the methods discussed.