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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Work Smarter, Not Harder: Time Management for Personal & Professional Productivity by University of California, Irvine

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About the Course

You will be able to gain and apply your knowledge and understanding of personal and professional awareness, organization and commitment, and use the tools, methods and techniques that you have learned in goal setting, prioritization, scheduling, and delegation to overcome time management challenges and enhance productivity. Upon completing this course, you will be able to: 1. Learn to plan effectively to achieve your personal and professional goals 2. Learn to recognize and overcome barriers to successful time management 3. Identify specific time management tools and use them effectively 4. Manage resources both effectively and efficiently 5. Keep your sense of perspective to prevent and manage crises 6. Learn to delegate effectively 7. Learn to manage expectations and say “No” when appropriate...

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This course helped me to see some self sabotaging habits that I had developed that were decreasing my overall productivity. Now I am able to take steps to change and start getting things done.


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This course was quite helpful. I work in a fast pace environment with multiple projects going at the same time. Planning the work, prioritizing and mapping progress was helpful. Thanks for the course.

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By Stacy R

Mar 23, 2018

The professor was personable and straight to the point, but I hoped for more elaborate criteria to really grasp the information. I am very visual and learn better with outlines, which didn't seem like her technique. I did enjoy the topics and points that were spoken about. The quizzes here were sometimes not clear and concise. It reminded me of elementary school how teachers tried to trick you on the exam, and some jargon wasn't used at all.

By Fabrizio B

Jan 13, 2016

The topics are all very basic and the audio/video is sub-par, but the course offers a coherent overview of the core topics of time management and several useful tools and resources together with a few pointers to relevant literature on the topic, such as David Allen's GTD.

Applying all of the techniques presented in the course is a surefire way to enhance one's own productivity both at work and in the private life.

By Pelit M

Jun 4, 2022

Has some good tips for beginners, but some of the materials are obvious and even preachy - focusing on examples such as employees failing to make progress due to chatting and being easily distracted. While this happens, I was looking for more advanced tips surrounding delays that are caused by office politics (such as difficulty cooperationg between teams, meetings time management etc)

By Baran

Dec 29, 2016

It was a short and good course. It has videos of good quality, short examples and talks. Every week it has lecture slides, articles about the week. But It was really short and contain too little information and subject. I hope that you will add more information. It was helpful to me and I hope that It help more to another students.

By sepidehrayegan

Dec 26, 2015

I think the best quality of this course is that it is a short course, which bolds the most important facts in our mind. It is not like that we don't know them at all, It's just we don't pay much or enough attention.

I start using this method from today and I hope it goes well !

You should try this course, I think it worth it !

By H. B

Oct 8, 2015

I would give this lecture a three because it is a very independent and useful course, but I feel like the presentation skills could have been improved upon and found the information very dry. I really liked the intent and where she was going.It was easy to follow and complete, although there was something missing for me.

By David t B R

Jan 28, 2019

A lot of what was discussed seemed common sense to me, which is to say that it seemed a bit obvious and didn't really add much value. However, the course did make clear for me how important it is to pay attention to how we manage our time, a skill and project manager must have a firm grasp of in order to succeed.

By Tina S

Dec 12, 2015

A nice short course. I would have liked it to go a little more in depth. I don't think it provides more than a simple youtube-search could. However, the lecturer is very appealing and credible. Maybe there should be more in the "suggested readings" so people with the interest could add to their knowledge.

By M. D

Feb 2, 2016

it's a quick efficient way to know some trick if you are an absolute beginner, now if you have some knowledge or already read a lot of articles about procrastination Etc, it won't help you discover new things, or tips, it's a cool way to review it though. (There is no science talk at all here...)

By Tejas N K

Apr 9, 2018

Very informative, basic course, useful for the beginners. It explains stuff that's quite general and mostly known to people. It would have been better if the course kept the learners more engaged and provided in-depth, advanced learning. Even the quiz questions were very elementary.

By Mehmet M Y

Jun 13, 2020

I did not find some of the metrics described suitable for the usual course of life. There were some forcing examples.

Sleeping half an hour more on Saturday shouldn't be a reward for us. We are not slaves to working life or success, we should not be.

I found some approaches cliché.


Apr 25, 2020

It is a very good one to balance your work life and personal life effectively. Lecture videos are sometimes boring ( one thing must be improved in this course).One should do this course to have a clear idea about how to think about time before wasting it in mismanagement.

By Tomas M

Aug 15, 2015

It's alright, but could be much much better. I didn't feel engaged and half of the time I was just wishing the video would just end. The course itself highlighted some good ideas about saving time and prioritising, but the way it was presented just fell short for me.

By Guido P

Sep 20, 2015

This might be just a personal opinion, the tips given in this course are rather intuitive. I happen to use the techniques explained in the course because they simply seem logic. Still for unorganized people it will be useful, and is clearly and well presented.

By Vera D

Feb 6, 2021

The first two weeks contain so basic advices that are not useful for most people, I would think. There were also broken links. In the 3rd and 4th weeks there were more insightful advices and also through the provided links there were some useful extra infos.

By Sabikun A H

Apr 28, 2020

Easy to follow, and less time consuming. It can be easily completed in 2/3 hours and the materials are easy to follow. However, I would liked to have more details about time managements and short videos. But It is a must doer for those who are working.

By Raphael A

Aug 26, 2015

The teacher seems really nice and explains things really clearly, however the content of this course is not as helpful as I believed. It gave me a few new techniques to better administrate my time, but nothing that will revolutionize the way I work.

By R G

Nov 20, 2022

They were some of the basic tools that anyone researching on productivity might already know. I learnt a 2-3 new things over 3hrs of finishing all the 4 weeks. There was no need for the wordiness, though it might be very helpful for some people.

By Deleted A

Nov 16, 2016

Achei que todas as aulas foram bem claras, entretanto, a professora não era tão interativa e didática quanto outros cursos que já realizei no coursera. Acho que poderia ser mais interativa e tentar mostrar maneiras melhores de aprendizado.

By Valerie C S M

Aug 13, 2015

It is definitely beneficial to a certain extent but I thought that it was a little dry. However I really enjoyed the time period of each video, as I am the kind of people that tends to get a restless when the teaching gets too long

By Kevion

Dec 26, 2015

It highlighted some bad habits in my life that I can try to eliminate in order to improve efficiency while providing better habits to replace them with. It's also a fairly easy course to complete (you don't even need half a day).

By Valeria R

Jul 2, 2022

This is a very short course that explains a few simple methods of time management. I did not find anything new maybe because I've read a few books on this topic already. Too basic, but I like the length of this course.

By Andrey A

Sep 14, 2015

This course is for newbee only. If you already spent some time on topics like time-management or personal effectiveness you probably won't get a lot of new knowledge in this course. But for the beginners it is ok.

By Leonardo A

Jun 22, 2017

I think it was good, and gave a lot of good itps, but I am glad I did not pay for it, I do not think it was worth it.

The teacher, was not motivationally speaking, and was just speaking in same tone all the time.

By Matthias A

Jul 4, 2017

Good course for beginners, but not very much for more conscious people. If you already read GTD or any other book about personal productivity, you are already familiar with most of the mate