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My girlfriend struggles mightily with time management and organization. She is a teacher, she works incredibly hard outside the classroom, grading papers & tracking student progress or preparing for the next day or next semester. Oftentimes when I see the way she works I think there's a better way. She context switches while grading, and frequently gets lost in the details of planning before establishing a broad framework or outline for what she needs to produce.

I want to find her a little bit of help. But when I Google "study skills New York" I find tutors for students. When I Google "Organizational skills classes New York" I get people who will organize your closets.

I can only do so much to help her myself. I want to help her more, but I think she needs some outside help. How can I find it?

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Unless she sees a need to improve her personal productivity, it doesn't matter what you find, she won't use it. That old saying about you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink is all too true.

Assuming she wants to learn how to improve her working process, there are a lot of options available. They range from books (e.g. Getting Things Done by David Allen), to videos (e.g. "Personal Productivity", "Time management"), to podcasts (e.g. "time management") to online courses (e.g., other sites), to face to face courses, perhaps at the local community college.

Which is most appropriate for her depends a lot on how she learns best, how much time she has available, and how much money she wants to spend on it.

This next is not productivity advice, but relationship advice. Take it anyway, from a productivity geek married 26 years and counting. Approach this very gently. If she's not interested, back way off. Present whatever you research you do as something she might be interested in, but if she isn't interested, leave it. She may be happy with the way she is working. If she is, it doesn't matter what you think of it, she isn't going to change.

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The Learning Tree offers a class on time management. This Google search identifies more. The classes tend to be more for companies though (and therefore expensive.)

I also tried a adding the words "continuing ed" to find schools. I didn't see anything current though. Pace had a nice course on the topic in 2012.

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