Whether you’re teaching an online course or conducting your class in a traditional brick-and-mortar setting, you’re likely using technology to facilitate your course or manage your workload in some way. The computer, tablet, or smartphone you’re using to read this very blog post can also provide you with access to some effective tools for time management and can also be a means of making the most of your time.
If you’d like some additional ideas or inspiration for using your tech tools as time-management tools, review these tips that we’ve adapted for you from Ryan Watkins and Michael Corry’s E-Learning Companion: A Student’s Guide to Online Success, Fourth Edition:
- An online calendar can help you keep track of your own appointments and can also help you schedule and coordinate meetings with others. An added benefit: whether you’re checking your appointments from your desktop computer, your smartphone, or your tablet, you’ll be able to track your schedule anytime, anywhere.
- Consider using web-based applications to share documents and collaborate on projects. Each member of your project team can see the changes and comments made by others. You can also be sure you’re all seeing the same document, without the hassle of sending multiple copies of the same document via e-mail.
- If you have a tablet, you can use it to catch up with work on the go. Read over your meeting notes while you’re waiting for an appointment; check your e-mail at the bus stop or train station; review digital textbooks as you sip on a latte at the cafe. If you teach online, you may also be able to check in on your course.
- Have a smartphone? This technology tool provides e-mail, messaging capabilities, reminder lists, and a calendar (and, of course, a telephone!) all in one handy tool. Your smartphone comes with many of these capabilities, but you can download additional apps to boost your productivity and help you save and manage your time.
- Perhaps you’re already using these tools and strategies and you’re seeking practical ways to be more mindful about your technology use. Watch over your time by jotting down the amount of time you spend online. Write it down in a journal you keep by your computer, or keep track by using an app or program. Some tech tools also offer settings that help you manage and set limits on your time! (112-114)
Reference: Watkins, Ryan and Corry, Michael. 2014. E-Learning Companion: A Student’s Guide to Online Success. 4th ed. Boston, MA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.
What technology tools help you manage your time? How do you manage the time you spend online? Share your thoughts and experiences below.