The Time/Utility Matrix for Prioritizing What to Learn

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The Time/Utility Matrix for Prioritizing What to Learn
Anneke Zwart, Student (University), Netherlands, Moderator
Today’s world has plenty of learning opportunities available. Although learning is essential, the presence of so many learning options also makes it difficult to choose the right and most relevant material. Even more if we realize that we spend only a very small percentage of working time on knowledge development.

To help identify and select the right learning tools/materials/opportunities, Marc Zao-Sanders provides a useful tool for prioritizing the skills and knowledge to be learned and for deciding when you should do so. It is really a time management approach applied to learning and is called: Time-Utility Analysis. The model can be used on a personal basis, but also across teams, departments or entire organizations.

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On Nr. 2. Avoid Missed Opportunity
I have a problem with No. 2 which is, "Decide whether you need to learn it". That is because of my belief that no knowledge is wasted. Even though one...Sign up

Advice versus Explanation
Arunas Beksta, management consultant and trainer, Lithuania, Member
I see this matrix as tool explaining one aspect of making choices.
Note that this tool is not providing advice WHAT to choose, but HOW we choose....Sign up

Time Management for Planning Education
Steven Cooke, Management Consultant, Philippines, Member
Interesting application of the Time Management matrix for planning education.
I was hoping for a more helpful, programmed approach to defining fu...Sign up

What if we Consider Two Things
Alan, Student (University), China, Member
You use this matrix to describe the situation what we should do when we have time. Obviously the best one is that choice that will produce more utilit...Sign up

Covey's Time Management Grid or the Eisenhower Box
Prof Putr, Strategy Consultant, United States, Member
While the 2x2 is sometimes called the "Harvard 2x2" because of its frequent use in classes and cases, this particular example isn't much different fro...Sign up

Develop an Attitude for Learning
MUNI DAVE, Business Consultant, India, Member
The first question is how to develop an attitude, urge for learning? If you have such urge, then this matrix is definitely useful.
It is up to ma...Sign up

So Much to Learn, but Limited Time Available
Jaap de Jonge, CEO, Netherlands, Editor
The "Time/Utility Matrix for Prioritizing What to Learn" is one tool you can use to cope with the challenge that there is so much to learn, but you ha...Sign up

Practicing Time Management
HARWINDAR SINGH, Business Consultant, Malaysia, Member
Given the 2x2 Zao Sanders Matrix (and other similar ones) how does one apply this on a daily basis? Some thoughts are:
  1. To convince you...Sign up

Time Management Applied to Learning
srinivas, Lecturer, India, Member
It is an interesting topic. If we consider a focused period of work for say 1½ hour (since generally speaking one cannot focus more than 90 minutes at...Sign up

Law of Illich
KOEHL Maryse, Professor, France, Member
According to the Law of Pareto: 20% of the allocated time to a task generates 80% of t...Sign up

Time Management for Planning Education
Steven Cooke, Management Consultant, Philippines, Member
The idea of a matrix for decision-making is very useful. However, simplified to an extreme a tool looses its utility.

One of the best reso...Sign up

Time Constraints
Steven Cooke, Management Consultant, Philippines, Member
@KOEHL Maryse: I agree that is the reason for a "time management process! We will never have enough time to "do it a...Sign up

Prioritising Learning
Maurice Hogarth, Consultant, United Kingdom, Member
@HARWINDAR SINGH: I'm not sure I would consider allocating learning time as a "gift" although I like the idea. I see...Sign up


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