An integral part of the LCLD Pathfinder Program curriculum is the online experiential learning component, accessible via the LCLD Pathfinder E-Module Portal.
A total of four Pathfinder E-Modules will be released between the spring and fall in-person meetings. Each of the e-modules will be available as described in the welcome package that is distributed at the beginning of the program year. Pathfinders are asked to engage their Peer Circles and Program Facilitators in completing their e-modules and associated assignments. Click here for further instructions.
LCLD will send emails letting Pathfinders and Program Facilitators know when each e-module opens and closes via firstname.lastname@example.org. You may use this page as a reference between formal communications.
Online E-Module 1: Time Management
Title: The Career-Boosting Power of Effective Time Management
Companion Worksheet: The Career-Boosting Power of Effective Time Management Self-Reflection Questions
Completion Deadline: Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Time-Management Action Assignments:
Discuss the following topics with your Peer Circle by Tuesday, June 23, 2020.
1) Ask your Peer Circle members what their biggest time challenges have been during the changes presented by COVID-19. Share how you’ve created time management techniques that work for you. Also discuss any others techniques that you may have learned about and hope to implement.
2) Go over the Time Management Quadrant System discussed in the e-module. Discuss and implement options for (a) better balancing time spent on “Urgent and Important” tasks (Quadrant A) and important but longer term (Quadrant B) career development tasks, and for (b) minimizing time spent on less important “urgent” (Quadrant C) and “non-urgent” (Quadrant D) tasks.
Additionally, choose at least one of the Action Assignments below to complete by Tuesday, June 23, 2020. If you begin this process before your Peer Circle meeting, you can discuss with your Peer Circle.
1) Keep a journal of how you spend your time, both professionally and personally, for one week. After one week, review the journal and decide which activities you can remove entirely from your agenda, which activities you can minimize, and which you’d like to spend more time on.
2) Reserve your Power Hour(s) on your calendar. Write an agenda for your Power Hour and set goals for what you will accomplish with each Power Hour, and goals for yourself after 10 Power Hours.
3) For those who have already undertaken Power Hours, take a few minutes to evaluate and optimize your approach to them. Identify and implement strategies to further free yourself of distractions and make your Power Hours as efficient and effective as possible. If your Power Hours have not included a career development element, take action to include this important element in future Power Hours.
4) Evaluate the extent to which you are “multitasking” (or, as the e-module puts it, “task-shifting”) in your daily work. Experiment, where practicable, with refining your approach to focus for dedicated periods of time on single tasks and consider whether such “single-tasking” has a place in your approach to your work going forward.
Suggested Readings on Time Management:
These articles and podcasts will help to supplement "The Career-Boosting Power of Effective Time Management" e-module. While you do not need to read all of the articles, if each member in your Peer Circle selects 1-2 articles/podcasts, it will enhance your e-module learning experience. Please note that this is a suggested list; there are many more available resources dealing with the topic of Time Management, especially as it relates to the COVID-19 crisis. Please share any other resources that you may find on the 2020 Pathfinder GroupMe!
1) “Stay Afloat When Life is Overwhelming,” Before Breakfast, April 16, 2019. (7 minutes)
2) “Here’s Why All Your Projects Are Late--And What to Do About It,” Freakonomics Radio, March 7, 2018. (41 minutes)
3) ”Make More Time,” Corporate Homie Podcast, November 26, 2019. (20 minutes)
1) "Before You Agree to Take on new Work, Ask 3 Questions," by Regan Walsh, Harvard Business Review (<5 minutes)
2) "A New Paradigm for Attorney Time Management," by Cami McLaren, Above the Law (<5 minutes)
3) "Great at Multitasking? Why You Need to Stop," by Elise Holtzman, The Lawyer's Edge (<5 minutes)
4) "Read This Google Email About Time Management Strategy," by Jeremiah Dillon, Fast Company (<5 minutes)
5) "Time Management Tips for Attorneys and Associates. You CAN Do it All!" by Desiree Moore, Lexis Nexis Legal Newsroom (<5 minutes)
6) "INFOGRAPHIC: The biggest workplace time-wasters are...," by Dan Wisniewski, HRMorning.com (<5 minutes)
7) "Stop Trying to Please Everyone," by Ron Ashkenas and Matthew McCreight, Harvard Business Review (<5 minutes)
8) "Why Aren't You Delegating?" by Amy Gallo, Harvard Business Review (<5 minutes)
9) "A Matter of Time," Attorney at Work Quarterly (45-50 minutes, multiple articles.)
10) "The Unimportance of Practically Everything," by George McKeown, Harvard Business Review (<5 minutes)
11) “Productivity Skills to Help You Gain Time Back,” by Steve Glaveski, Harvard Business Review (<5 minutes)
12) “A Guide for Working (From Home) Parents,” by Avni Patel Thompson, Harvard Business Review (<5 minutes)
13) “We have a lot more time now. So why can’t we get anything done?” by Laura Vanderkam, The Washington Post (<5 minutes)
14) “WATCH: 5 ways to manage your time during a pandemic,” PBS NewsHour (34 minutes)
15) “How to design an effective schedule during stressful times,” by Elizabeth Grace Saunders, Fast Company (5 minutes)
Please contact Sarah Alexander, Pathfinder Program Manager, with any questions on substance or deadlines.
For technical questions about the Pathfinder E-Module Portal, please contact Chenoa Forrester, LCLD Programs Specialist.