Time Management Training

Taming the Time Monster: How to Stop Procrastinating, Start Planning, and Get More Done

Course Outcomes

This productivity and time management course will:

  • Help participants identify the factors that prevent them from effectively managing their time.
  • Introduce techniques for determining what is important and what is not and tools for keeping track of tasks.
  • Provide language for saying “no” and effectively delegating tasks to others.
  • Prepare participants to run efficient and effective meetings.

Course Overview

Getting the most out of a 24-hour day is a constant challenge in our busy world: a bottomless inbox, tons of email, millions of meetings. Too much to do and not enough time to do it is a common problem many people face in the workplace. Although we can’t give you more hours in the day, we can teach you how to decide what to do and when to do it.

This high-energy, back-to-basics training program explains 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.

Program Objectives

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

  • List barriers to successful time management.
  • Understand and demonstrate the use of to-do lists and the ABC prioritization technique.
  • Explain the benefits and drawbacks of various calendar systems.
  • Manage voicemail to reduce time spent checking messages.
  • Write SMART goals and explain their benefit.
  • Demonstrate how to say “no.”
  • Delegate tasks and assignments.
  • Develop an action plan for better use of time.
  • Begin implementing goals created during the session.

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

What would you do with more time?  If you don’t know, you hardly have a reason to manage your most valuable resource better.  In this introductory discussion, participants will evaluate and articulate their immediate, short-term, and long-term time-management goals and the group will confirm the agenda for the day.

Jump Start Your Day: Proven Time Tools That Work

This seminar segment focuses on six easy steps participants can take to maximize their time: turning commuting time into productive time, staying on time, properly using a calendar, keeping track with to-do lists, and more.

Time Stealers Be Gone: Eliminating Time Wasters for Good

The telephone, voicemail, uninvited guests, and other distractions can ruin a well-planned day.  In this course component, participants will learn techniques to reduce time stealers and how to get a back on track.

Procrastination Pest: Killing That Bug for Good

“I’ll put it off.” “I’ll wait until tomorrow.” “I’ll do it later.”  Sound familiar?  Procrastination is a problem many people constantly battle.  This part of the workshop looks at why we procrastinate and offers techniques for conquering the problem once and for all.

Be SMART: Goal Setting for Peak Performance

Delegating and setting realistic, manageable goals are critical skills for expert time managers to possess.  This portion of the program explores the components of SMART goals and allows participants to practice developing long- and short-term goals.

I’m Drowning: A Lifejacket, Please

When there is truly too much to do and not enough time, prioritization is key.  This course segment focuses on ways to better prioritize a heavy workload, communicate to others that it isn’t all going to get done, and ask for help when it’s needed.

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

In this part of the program, participants will discover how to work better with others: what to do to prepare for a meeting, how to delegate work to others, and how to say “no” to frivolous and unrealistic requests.

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

Sometimes work feels like a vacation, especially when home is more stressful than the office.  In this concluding portion of the course, participants will look at practical ways to balance work and home, techniques for reducing home chores, and tips for streamlining activities.

At the program’s conclusion, participants will have an understanding of time-management techniques: using a to-do list, prioritizing the items on it, stopping procrastinating, and working better with others through delegation.

Available Formats

  • Full-Day Training Course

Onsite Training Course Reminders

Our instructor-led training courses are available to private groups.  These workshops are not offered in a public seminar format.  Please contact us to speak with a facilitator about your needs and bringing training to your organization.

We offer training in the District of Columbia and the following US states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

We also travel to Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Asia, Canada, Central America, Continental Europe, the Middle East, and the United Kingdom.

Please contact us about your location.

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