Maximizing Your Personal Productivity

Most people find that they wish they had more time in a day. This course will show participants how to organize their lives and find those hidden moments. You will learn how to establish routines, set goals, create an efficient environment, and use time-honored planning and organizational tools to maximize their personal productivity.

Research has consistently demonstrated that when clear goals are associated with learning, it occurs more easily and rapidly. At the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Set and evaluate SMART goals
  • Use routines to maximize their productivity
  • Use scheduling tools to make the most of their time
  • Stay on top of their to-do list
  • Start new tasks and projects on the right foot
  • Use basic project management techniques
  • Organize their physical and virtual workspaces for maximum efficiency
  • Take back time from e-mail and handheld devices
  • Beat procrastination

Setting SMART Goals

  • The Three P’s
  • The SMART Way
  • Prioritizing Your Goals
  • Evaluating and Adapting
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

The Power of Routines

  • What is a Routine?
  • Personal Routines
  • Professional Routines
  • Six Easy Ways to Simplify Your Life
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

Scheduling Yourself

  • The Simple Secret of Successful Time Management
  • Developing a Tracking System
  • Scheduling Appointments
  • Scheduling Tasks
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

Keeping Yourself on Top of Tasks

  • The One-Minute Rule
  • The Five-Minute Rule
  • What to do When You Feel like You’re Sinking
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

Tackling New Tasks and Projects

  • The Sliding Scale
  • A Checklist for Getting Started
  • Evaluating and Adapting
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

Using Project Management Techniques

  • The Triple Constraint
  • Creating the Schedule
  • Using a RACI Chart
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

Creating a Workspace

  • Setting Up the Physical Layout
  • Ergonomics 101
  • Using Your Computer Efficiently
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

Organizing Files and Folders

  • Organizing Paper Files
  • Organizing Electronic Files
  • Scheduling Archive and Clean-Up
  • Case Study
  • Assessment

Managing E-Mail

  • Using E-mail Time Wisely
  • Taking Action!
  • Making the Most of Your E-mail Program
  • Taking Time Back from Handheld Devices
  • Case Study
  • Assessment
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