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SMU-X Survival Toolkit: Time Management

This guide provides useful information and links to resources on SMU-X.

At A Glance

Having better time management

SMU-X projects are time consuming. Managing your time well allows you to accomplish more in a shorter period of time, which leads to more free time, allowing you to take advantage of learning opportunities and helps you to focus. The following resources provide some perspectives on effective time management that you can apply in your projects and teams.


Time is money. Everyone needs to develop their time management skills to be able to manage their time effectively and efficiently. This video introduces practical tools that will improve productivity and enable people to take control and manage their busy workloads. This video introduces the concept of goal setting and the importance of managing time for achieving those goals.


Brad Aeon is a Ph.D. researcher at the John Molson School of Business focusing on time management, temporality, and work-life balance. He focuses on the improvement of our temporal decision-making as a solution to achieving more success by leading a less busy life. Learn how can time management may infuse your life with meaning and purpose.

Everything you know about time management is wrong. In this challenging and counter-intuitive video, Self-Discipline Strategist and New York Times bestselling author of Rory Vaden, shows you why you can't solve today's time-management challenges with yesterday's time-management.
  • Time-Management Lessons Should Learn In Their 20s
    Montreal-based designer and author Étienne Garbugli has struggled with all of that. As he's gotten older, he's learned how to manage his time and workload more effectively and has analyzed what's worked for him and fellow entrepreneurs.
  • Work Smarter, Not Harder
    The idea that “staying busy” means you’re working hard and are going to be more successful. While this belief may be true to an extent, it often leads to mindless “productivity”. Instead of behaving in this way, why not chose to do things differently?Here are the twenty-one management tips.
  • Sharpen Your Time-Management Skills
    One of the most important keys to personal and professional success lies in how you spend your time. Here are 65 of the best ways to manage it.

This section lists some recommended readings.

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