Scheduling: Estimating the Time Needed to Complete Tasks

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Course features
  • Category: Time Management
  • Course Length: 12 minutes
  • Series: Scheduling
  • Video Length: 6 minutes
  • Author: The URL dr
  • Resources: Time Estimation Techniques Checklist
Course overview
In this micro course, learn how the planning fallacy may be impacting your schedule, followed by four techniques for more accurate time estimations. Finally, explore a few final questions to help you make sure that your time estimations account for unexpected delays.
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Course learning objectives
  • Determine how to estimate the time needed for tasks
  • Identify how to use historical data to estimate the time a task will take
  • Explore tips for estimating how much time is needed for a task
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Certification included
Downloadable certificate upon completion.

How long will that task take you to complete?

The inability to accurately estimate how long a task will take us to complete is one of the top reasons people struggle to plan or schedule their time effectively. When there’s a misalignment between what we think we can accomplish and what we actually can accomplish in a set amount of time, we are unproductive and can become stagnant and disheartened. Determining how to estimate the time needed for tasks is an important part of managing your schedule. Learn how to use historical data and explore best practices to estimate future tasks. 
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Skills you'll learn in this course

Time Management

Organizational Skills

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Kim Merritt

Kim Merritt, The URL dr, has been teaching and training the business community for over thirty years. Her company's line of business soft skill micro courses are a quick and effective way to master a new competency in fifteen minutes or less. 
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