What’s it all about?
It doesn’t matter how we approach our time management, we all have 168 hours available to us in every week.
“Time is an illusion, too often wasted,
Time can be made, alas, not created,
Time is money but can not be lent,
Can not be bought, but can be spent.”
Time management too, is an illusion. Instead what we really have to learn is how to make the best use of the time we have – to be more effective, personally.
Many of us have been on time management courses, or read time-management books. They all promise things like “The best way to manage your time” or some-such, but we often find that the processes we learn ‘work’ for us for a couple of weeks and then we settle back into our old ways. Primarily this is because we are all utterly unique, both in habit and approach, and a one-size-fits-all approach will never work in the long term.
This course goes beyond the usual time-management course by enabling participants to think about how we manage ourselves within time, and then build your own, customised time-utilisation strategy. This approach has a pre-requisite that we know ourselves, both in terms of our preferences as well as our personal filters; as well as when we are at our most effective for different kinds of work. If that can be describe as an ‘Inner Focus’; then the behaviours that we exhibit may be considered as an ‘Outer Focus’. While the Inner focus will be achieved mainly through pre-work; the workshop itself focuses on the Outer Focus.
The Outer Focus will be introduced by means of a simple ‘formula’ that participants will use to build their own time-utilisation strategy toolkit. It uncovers common misconceptions as well as drawing on the latest cognitive science and neuroscience research; including (but not limited to) Mindset, Grit and a prioritisation approach developed by the US military. It is more based on practise rather than theory, though links to reference material will be provided.
The skills developed will be applicable to staff at all levels and in all roles.
On this 1 day programme, you will learn (as a minimum):
- About yourself and your personal map-of-the-world (which feeds into all the remaining areas)
- How to build on what already works for you and overcome the habits that don’t
- How to deal with the most common time-vampires
- How to prioritise and use your energy most effectively
- Use your creative side to best serve you in using time effectively
- How to develop habits that will support your time-utilisation strategy
- How to learn from what happens quickly so that you can make rapid adjustments to your strategy.
What you need to bring to this time management course
All participants must complete some on-line and off-line prework. This will take around 90 minutes to complete.
Comments from Previous Participants
The most valuable part of the course was:
- “Understanding your drivers and how you work…knowing when in the day to do certain tasks“
- “Getting ideas I can put into place straight away“
- “Identifying more about how I work and what motivates me“
- “The soft-skills, inner voice, drivers was very interesting & useful – applies more than just to time management. This in addition to the tactical info was a highlight.“
- “Very good trainer, felt very engaged and took away a lot.“
- “Good workbook – a lot better than the usual pieces of paper!“
If you are interested in these things, the current NPS for this course is 100.
Try the on-line version for free here.
STOP PRESS: An ‘open’ version of this is course is running in central Bristol in mid-May.
 Patricia Dashwood.