Gateway Community College’s popular “Time Management Workshop” by John A. Vincze, director of Business and Industry Services, is back in a two-part series:
• Session one: February 26 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in S211
• Session two: March 5 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in S211
The workshop focuses on setting priorities, using a day planner and learning to manage time well but Vincze said it also encourages students to consider deeper questions: Where are you heading? What do you hope to achieve and how do you plan to get there?
The first session’s three focus points are “the control continuum,” “prioritizing” and “first things first.” Students will learn the difference between a task and an appointment, what is urgent and what is secondary and how to plan for the week as well as daily. Vincze quotes Johann Goethe, “Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.” He points out that students need to develop this as a mindset. Workshop activities focus on becoming proactive and using the planner to move toward the end goal. Session 1 is a prerequisite for Session 2, which will cover “what matters most” and “manage, mentor, motivate.”
Students receive a day planner, one that Vincze teaches them to fill out in 20 minute increments. Students also take part in activities that help them to develop a kind of inner compass. Vincze said the workshop closely aligns with what GCC President Dorsey L. Kendrick tells students all the time.
“Dr. Kendrick encourages students to keep their eyes on the prize, to look toward graduation and the actions they have to take, the work they have to do to get there,” Vincze said. “The workshop focuses on that same concept.”
Vincze and Roberta Prior, GCC’s director of Student Activities and Leadership Programs, encouraged students to sign up for the workshop because the skills taught are that important. It is part of the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Programs’ Academic Success Workshops.
“These are foundational skills for success in school, in work and in life,” Vincze said. “If you don’t turn in an assignment you might have a loss of a grade, if you fail to show up for a class you may lose credit for the course. In the real world those costs can be financial; they can affect a reputation.” In the workshop, Vincze tells students to make promises sparingly and then keep them and if they don’t, to make amends.
“Time management is laying a foundation, learning not just for today but developing a habit that people can rely on throughout their lives,” he said.