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Time management may seem like an innate sense, but it's actually a skill that can be learned. — Getty Images/Drazen_

If you struggle with productivity, a time management course can teach you how to create to-do lists, set deadlines and make better decisions. Let’s look at five free online time management courses you can consider.

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"How to Work Smarter Not Harder: Save Time and Money and Increase Productivity"

"How to Work Smarter Not Harder" is a class available through LinkedIn Learning. LinkedIn Learning does cost $29.99 per month, but you can try it for free for the first month.

This hour-long class is a good option for anyone who is new to remote work and wants to learn beginner time management strategies. You’ll learn techniques to conquer your daily to-do list, delegate tasks and manage your inbox.

Plus, you’ll learn tips on branding yourself on social media and using content marketing to your advantage. And once you’ve completed the course, you can showcase the certificate on your LinkedIn profile.

"Simple Productivity: How to Accomplish More With Less"

"Simple Productivity" is a class taught by bestselling author Greg McKeown. The course is based on McKeown’s book “Essentialism” and teaches you how to be deliberate about scheduling your time.

As you work through the course, you’ll do exercises to discover what is and isn’t important to you. You’ll learn how to let go of the nonessential commitments in your life and hold yourself accountable over the long run.

Simple Productivity is available on SkillShare. The course requires a Premium membership, which is $32 per month, but you can try out the first month for free.

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The course teaches you practical time management strategies, like managing your inbox and creating a digital filing system.

"Work Smarter, Not Harder: Time Management for Personal and Professional Productivity"

"Work Smarter, Not Harder" is a free course offered by Coursera. This course is taught by Margaret Meloni and has already been taken by over 388,000 students.

During the class, you’ll learn ways to plan for success in your personal and professional life, as well as how to spot and overcome common barriers to success and utilize effective time management strategies.

The class will also teach you how to avoid and manage crises so you’re not spending all of your time putting out fires at work. Work Smarter, Not Harder will take 10 hours to complete, and if you decide to pay for a Coursera membership, you’ll receive a certificate once you’re done.

"Time Management Fundamentals"

"Time Management Fundamentals" is another course offered by LinkedIn Learning. It was created by bestselling author Dave Crenshaw and takes about three hours to complete.

During the class, you’ll learn how to increase your productivity in three main areas:

  • Becoming organized and reducing clutter in your workspace.
  • Clearing out your mind and getting your to-do list out of your head and on paper.
  • Developing a “time budget” so you always accomplish your most important tasks.

And the course teaches you practical time management strategies, like managing your inbox and creating a digital filing system. It’s an excellent option for business professionals in any industry who want to manage their time better.

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"Time Management Strategies for Project Management"

If you regularly head up projects at work, then "Time Management Strategies for Project Management" is the class for you. The course is taught by Deirdre Gengenbach, a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), and was developed by Purdue University.

During this class, you’ll learn practical strategies to keep projects from spiraling out of control and costing you valuable time and money. The course will also help you develop the skills to ensure that every project you run hits its deadlines.

You’ll learn important time management concepts like:

  • Lags and leads.
  • Critical path.
  • Feeding buffers.
  • Resource leveling.

This class is ideal for project managers, program managers and leaders who regularly manage projects at work.

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Published June 17, 2021