Course Highlights

This productivity and time management course will:

  • Cover best practices for identifying what’s important.
  • Explain how to set meaningful goals and identify tasks associated with those goals.
  • Introduce tools for prioritizing.
  • Provide language for communicating workloads and priorities to others.
  • Highlight key ideas associated with effective delegation, well-run meetings, and other time-bound activities involving others.
  • Suggest strategies for confronting procrastination.
  • Offer ideas for implementing time management strategies at home.

Course Overview

We all have the same amount of time each day, so why is it that some people manage to get more of the right things done and others don’t? This course won’t give you more hours, but it will teach you how to be mindful and deliberate about your time and to work with purpose.

During this hands-on workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of time management: understanding the value of time, using proven ways to get the most out of a day, balancing work and home, eliminating time wasters, conquering procrastination, and more.

Taming the Time Monster: How to Stop Procrastinating, Start Planning, and Get More Done is one of the oldest and most popular courses in the Business Training Works’ library. We’ve facilitated the program in dozens of ways for groups of all shapes and sizes. We can tailor it to your group’s specific needs and goals upon request.

Interested in instructor-led training in an online format? See Productivity Basics and Beyond: Time Management Tactics for Getting the Right Things Done and Tackling Time Management: Productivity Fundamentals. Both courses are web-based and cover similar concepts and content.

Program Objectives

At this program’s conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • Define personal time management goals.
  • Articulate the value of improved time management in one’s personal and professional life.
  • Write SMART goals.
  • Identify and implement six key strategies to transform commuting and early morning routines into productive time.
  • Demonstrate the use of to-do lists and the ABC prioritization technique.
  • Communicate workloads and priorities.
  • Negotiate task deadlines.
  • Demonstrate how to say “no” diplomatically.
  • Delegate tasks and assignments.
  • Explain key best practices for running efficient meetings.
  • Identify time wasters.
  • Manage interruptions.
  • Apply techniques for conquering procrastination.
  • Identify strategies for streamlining home responsibilities.

The following outline highlights some of the course’s key learning points. As part of your training program, we will modify content as needed to meet your business objectives. Upon request, we will provide you with a copy of the participant materials prior to the session(s).

Workshop Outline

Everyone Has 24 Hours a Day: The Realities of Time

It’s the ultimate equalizer—everyone has the same 24 hours in a day. But why do some people achieve so much more with their time than others? The answer lies in effective time management. The opening segment of our workshop challenges participants to envision what they could accomplish with enhanced time management skills. They will reflect on what additional time could mean for their personal and professional lives, setting the stage for a motivated learning experience. Attendees will define their time management goals across varying time frames—immediate, short-term, and long-term—establishing a clear vision for their development. This segment solidifies the day’s agenda, ensuring it aligns with these objectives.

Be SMART: Goal Setting for Peak Performance

The ability to set and achieve goals is a hallmark of great time managers. This segment breaks down the SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound) framework for goal setting, guiding attendees through the process of crafting objectives that are both ambitious and attainable. Through interactive goal-setting exercises, participants will practice shaping their aspirations into SMART goals, setting a trajectory for heightened performance.

Jump Start Your Day: Proven Time Tools That Work

Imagine beginning your day already ahead. This seminar segment is about transforming potentially wasted time into windows of productivity. Participants will explore six straightforward steps to seize the day, from capitalizing on commuting hours to perfecting the art of punctuality. We will dissect the mechanics of effective calendar use and the art of the to-do list. Attendees will leave this session equipped with tangible tools that turn time into a tangible asset.

I’m Drowning: A Lifejacket, Please

Feeling overwhelmed is a common plight in our fast-paced world. Knowing how to triage and prioritize becomes a lifeline when tasks pile up. This course section tackles the art of prioritization head-on, teaching methods to sort through a deluge of responsibilities. Participants will learn to communicate effectively about workload limits and to ask for assistance without compromising their professionalism or commitment to quality.

Working Better with Others: Meetings, Delegating, and Saying “No”

Efficient time management is not a solo endeavor; it involves collaborative interactions. This part of the program delves into the nuances of teamwork and interpersonal dynamics, from running productive meetings to mastering the art of delegation. Attendees will explore the delicate balance of asserting boundaries through the power of “no,” allowing them to protect their time without damaging relationships or shirking responsibilities.

Time Stealers Be Gone: Eliminating Time Wasters for Good

Time thieves lurk in every corner of our lives—the unexpected phone call, the “quick” chat that turns into an hour, the cluttered inbox. This critical component of our course will empower participants with strategies to identify and eliminate these pervasive time thieves. Through practical exercises and discussions, attendees will learn to create an environment that minimizes distractions and discover the secret to regaining control of their day when interruptions occur.

Procrastination Pest: Killing That Bug for Good

Procrastination is not just a bad habit; it’s a persistent pest that can undermine your productivity and peace of mind. In this workshop section, we delve into the psychology of procrastination, understanding why we delay and how to break the cycle. Participants will be introduced to tried-and-true techniques designed to squash procrastination, paving the way for a more decisive and action-oriented approach to tasks.

I’m Exhausted When I Get to Work: Tactics for Managing Home Time Better

Work-life balance isn’t just a buzzword; it’s a necessity for maintaining energy and focus. The closing segment of our workshop addresses the often-overlooked aspect of time management—the home front. Participants will evaluate strategies for streamlining home responsibilities, from minimizing chores to optimizing routines, ensuring they can recharge and return to work invigorated.

By the end of this comprehensive workshop, participants will walk away with a toolkit for time mastery.