Work Smarter, Not Harder MOOC on Coursera

Have finished the MOOC named “Work Smarter, Not Harder: Time Management for Personal & Professional Productivity” yesterday.

Even though the course is expected to run for 4 weeks it took me 2-3 hours to finish it with the 96.3% result.

I’m already in this topic for a while trying to optimize and prioritize my personal life. This course talks about some basics which you will find in any book on time management and personal productivity. However the influence is a bit different since these things are taught by the live person rather than by a bunch of letters and sentences.

I already got used to planning and prioritizing things with Todoist tool during the last year or more. However there are still several aspects of the GTD paradigm I didn’t cover in my day-to-day life. To name a few:

  • Pursuing max of 3 goals at a time. I got to this rule on my own however broke it several months ago and it was a really bad decision.
  • Tracking time spent on the tasks. Tried several solutions however stopped with Toggl for now. It’s simple, logical and has versions for Linux, Android and Mac OS. Would be nice to have this feature in Todoist.
  • Leaving notes right in the documents/source code when switching contexts so that your switch back could be way faster.
  • Once goal is achieved you need to award yourself somehow

So the course is definitely worth spending several hours to see what else did you miss during establishing the process which might already work for you.

The whole MOOC trend is amazing. You have never had such a chance to learn in the whole history of the mankind.

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