Wednesday, January 20, 2016

It's Time to Get Organized

And we're off!

Spring 2016 at TWU is here. Whether or not you made a resolution to be more organized in 2016, the beginning of a new semester (and year) is an ideal time to up your organizational game. More organization equals less stress and more productivity--a winning equation for every TWU student and faculty and staff member.

Since January is also Get Organized Month, TWU Reference Librarian Jimmie Lyn Harris shares with us some helpful videos and websites we can bookmark and view to get Spring 2016 off to a winning start.

LEARNING WITH LYNDA
Several videos on getting and staying organized are on Lynda.com, a library of online tutorials available free to TWU students and faculty and staff members (account setup with a current TWU email address is required). With a small investment of time you can pick up a new skill (like being organized) or brush up on one you already have. Get training on what you want, when you want, on Lynda.com

Study Skills Fundamentals
Running time: 1 hour 36 minutes 
Whether you want to ace your next test or simply retain information better (at work or at home), good study habits are essential. Paul Nowak offers tips for improving your reading speed and comprehension, creating detailed notes, committing learning to memory, and taking tests. The information in this course is appropriate for all levels of learners, from grade school and grad students to full-time members of the workforce. Start watching now—you'll never approach studying the same way again. Topics include learning to read faster and more thoroughly; improving your note-taking skills; enhancing your memory; memorizing new words and formulas; scoring better on tests; and creating study plans.

Running time: 1 hour 56 minutes
Need to write a research paper? Learn tips for writing an A+ paper that will wow your professors. In this course author and Kelley School of Business faculty member Judy Steiner-Williams shows you how to prepare for and write polished research papers for high school and college classes. Discover how to brainstorm, select your best ideas, collect and categorize research--and write the paper--while following along with Judy's practical, real-world examples. Topics include understanding the different types of research papers; researching a topic; brainstorming your focus; developing a thesis statement; writing topic sentences; composing a title; using a style guide; and formatting your paper.

Running time: 11 minutes 11 seconds
In this short video author Todd Dewett, Ph.D. shares four time management tips that can help everyone from busy executives to new employees get more out of their work day. Learn how to think differently about time management, embrace the 80% rule, find your "Einstein" window, protect that window, and broadcast your availability to ensure others know when you'll be available.

Running time: 2 hours 43 minutes 
Effective time management is an indispensable skill. In Time Management Fundamentals Dave Crenshaw explains how to sensibly allocate time in order to achieve greater productivity. Dave details a set of principles for staying organized, consolidating the workspace, keeping a clear mind, and developing a time budget. Also covered are techniques for managing a full inbox, processing email, and reserving time for your most important activities.

Running time: 1 hour 2 minutes
Whether you have a private office, home office, or shared office space, there are many ways to organize your work area for maximum efficiency. In this course professional organizer Suzanna Kaye covers different organizational styles and options so you can choose the best setup for your situation. She explains how to maintain proper posture and select the right furniture, technology, and lighting; reviews storage options; and walks through filing concepts to help track paperwork and get more done.

MORE ON GETTING AND STAYING ORGANIZED
Lots of organizational tips geared to the student life can be found on Pinterest boards and other sites, including the following.

Organized for School on Pinterest
Study Hack: Study Strategies from a Surviving College Student

We hope you've found some information here you can use. Have a suggestion for staying organized that you don't see here? Share it with your fellow Pioneers in the comments below. 

A successful, rewarding--and organized--Spring 2016 to all.

~Jimmie Lyn Harris with Sandy Cochran

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