John Strachan found ways to apply time management into his daily work schedule
Through PathwayConnect’s Life Skills course, four students learned to broaden their academic and career paths. This is their story.
“Applying time management helped me be a more efficient employee with my time and helps me accomplish more in a day than I used to.”
It had been 25 years since John Strachan last enrolled in college classes. Even though he was working for a company he loved as a bus operator trainer, John realized his lack of higher education was preventing him from advancing in the workplace.
After completing PathwayConnect’s
PathwayConnect in the Workplace
For John, PathwayConnect’s Life Skills class taught him the principle of time management and keeping a schedule. By writing a list of priorities, John was able to more efficiently remember his deadlines and organize his tasks.
“Before I took the class, I didn’t always write down a priority list; instead, I kept one in my head,” John said. “I learned that the problem of keeping my list in my head is that I could forget an item. When I write it down, I have a visual reminder of my deadlines.”
When John’s PathwayConnect group was learning about time management, he was busy at work balancing his normal workload and multiple important projects with deadlines just days apart. At the top of John’s list was organizing his company's annual Christmas toy drive. Instead of getting stressed and missing his deadlines, John followed the principles of time management and note-taking to create a schedule for himself.
“Applying time management helped me avoid pitfalls that would have wasted time,” John said. “I found myself working through break times for two and a half months, but in the end the toy drive was a success. It was the greatest amount of toys that we had ever delivered — more than 6,000 toys were given to children in the Vancouver, Canada, area!”
Applying Time Management
John was able to organize his deadlines to complete assignments at work, but how can time management benefit others? Here are some tips anyone can use to improve their time management:
- Write everything down
- Use a weekly planner, a personal calendar, a notebook, or online apps
- Track the dates of important events and deadlines
- Be productive with the time available to ensure everything is completed efficiently
PathwayConnect equipped John with the tools he needed to succeed at work, which now gives him future opportunities to advance in his career. John’s newly gained education benefits him in more ways that he thought possible.
“PathwayConnect has opened doors for advancement with my education and advancement with my current employer. Each course in PathwayConnect has been a blessing in my life and my professional development,” John said.
This is part two in a four part series about the PathwayConnect Life Skills course. Stay tuned for part three, the story about an international student who was thousands of miles away from his educational goals.
One of the benefits of being a PathwayConnect student is learning how to manage your time! To experience the ways PathwayConnect can improve your life, visit