Week 1 – Discussion
Managing Time, Tasks, and Priorities
This course and subsequent courses you will complete will evaluate the behaviors, practices, and theoretical philosophies of successful leader practitioners in your field. As you review various theories and approaches to leadership, you will discover overlapping themes characterizing these theories and approaches, including similar sets of competencies that define and describe the behaviors, values and principles that guide leaders in all disciplines.
Among leadership competencies common to most theories and approaches to leadership, you will likely find references to “persistence,” “dependability,” “follow-through,” “accountability,” and “determination.” Effective leaders hold themselves personally accountable for setting vision, direction and goals for those with whom they work and for achieving results through others. Followers look to leaders for guidance and focus, and effective leaders are able to role model the principles, practices and values they believe will help move a group of followers to achieve desired results. This means that leaders must be prepared, well-organized, structured, and systematic in their approach. This requires effective management of time, tasks and priorities.
For the first part of this Discussion Forum assignment, consider the requirements of leaders in your own discipline or field of study. What are the expectations for and challenges of managing time, tasks and priorities? What observations have you made of successful leaders in your discipline or field of study? How do these successful leaders demonstrate that they are prepared, well-organized, structured and systematic in their approach?
Now consider your own journey as a scholar. What challenges do you expect to face in being prepared, well-organized, structured and systematic in your approach to graduate studies? How will you ensure you are able to be successful as a scholar in the face of competing demands for your time and attention, including demands from work, family, and social obligations?
As you prepare your response to the second part of this Discussion Forum assignment, discuss the strategies you currently employ to manage time, tasks and priorities. Incorporate new ideas of how best to manage time, tasks and priorities by incorporating information from sources you find in the library or online.
Begin by watching this time management video:
Bridgepoint Education. (2016). Time Management (Links to an external site.) . Denver, CO: Author.
https://www.mindtools.com/pages/main/newMN_HTE.htm (Links to an external site.) https://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/time_management (Links to an external site.) http://www.studygs.net/timman.htm (Links to an external site.) http://www.studygs.net/schedule/ (Links to an external site.) http://www.discoverbusiness.us/time_management/ (Links to an external site.) http://www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills/success/time.html (Links to an external site.) http://www.d.umn.edu/kmc/student/loon/acad/strat/time_manage.html (Links to an external site.)
Your initial post should be at least 300 words. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ postings by Day 7. Each of your responses to your classmates should be at least 100 words in length, and should expand on a point made by your classmate, pose a pertinent question about your classmate’s posting, and/or debate an opinion or fact presented by your classmate. Support your initial post with references to at least two different academic sources.
Point Value: 2 Points