In this lesson, you will learn how productivity, problem solving, technology, and agility connect to the essential elements of a financial plan. Specifically, this lesson will cover:
- Skills in this Unit
- The 80/20 Rule
1. Skills in this Unit
As you work through this second unit, you will explore the following skills in relation to earning income, figuring taxes, and managing your money. You will begin to understand how you can use these skills to better plan as you examine the money you have and the money you might owe to Uncle Sam. You will look deeper at how improving your skills can help you make sure your money is working for you with an eye toward the future.
In particular, you will focus on the following:
- Being proactive and tackling tough tasks early can pay big dividends later.
- There are a variety of ways you can manage your money to meet current financial needs and reach your financial goals.
- Being able to compare and contrast money management strategies is key to making the best choices.
- There are a variety of digital tools available to help with taxes and banking.
- Accessing your credit score is an important consideration when managing your finances.
- As you look ahead to tax season, it is important to make any financial changes needed in order to pay your tax bill in full.
- Circumstances can change. Unanticipated expenses may require you to explore and use money management tools (like credit cards) that you have not used before.
Throughout the course, be on the lookout for various call outs to help you see the connections between the skills and the course content.
- Productivity Skill
- The ability to strategize, organize, and plan to best manage your priorities and time.
- Problem Solving Skill
- The ability to define problems clearly, explore ideas, and create effective, ethical, and evidence-based solutions.
- Technology Skill
- The ability to confidently and efficiently use technologies to complete goals and tasks and maintain a competitive advantage.
- Agility Skill
- The ability to adapt in a changing environment to achieve desired results.
2. The 80/20 Rule
As you continue your journey in Econ1010, this infographic on the 80/20 rule will help you understand the importance of taking on tasks that pay the highest dividends. Whether it is taxes or exploring your credit score, anything that will lead to increased productivity is important and should not be put off.