Our basic philosophy is this:
- There is no one “right” answer – people have to find what works for them, rather than be shoehorned into an unnatural way of working
- Conversely, everyone needs to start by finding out how they work now – habits, likes, dislikes and so on – before they can make changes
- Learning how to use a simple diary properly is liberating and infinitely more effective than a fancy diary “system” or endless list making
- Understanding and building in “Murphy’s Laws” is fundamental
- Being organised encourages spontaneity and creativity. Being disorganised spins you in ever-decreasing circles
Remember, you’re not just wasting your time… you’re wasting your life!!!!
This manual can be read and used as a book, a self-learning tool, or a reference guide. It can be used by individuals to increase their skills and knowledge, trainers to help produce training sessions or by managers for meetings and staff training. It is a mixture of information, practical exercises, self-analysis questionnaires and case studies.
Below is a summary of this 139-page training manual.
How Are You Spending Your Time?
- An examination of your personal time-wasters
What is Work-Life Balance?
- Research into Work-Life Balance
- Why Work-Life Balance?
- The Facts of the New Economic Reality
Personal Life Balance
What Is Time Management?
- Some Common Reasons Why Time Management Systems Fail
- Identifying Time Management Problems
12 Key Actions for Success
- Setting Goals / Objectives
- Using the Pareto Principle
- Daily Lists
- Dealing with Time Thieves
- Dealing with Interruptions
- Overcoming Procrastination
- Handle Paperwork Effectively
- Make the Most of Delays, Detours and Dead Time
- Delegate when Necessary
- Handle Pressure More Effectively
- Communicating Your Plans
- Keep Checking Your Use of Time / Task Management
So Is It You? Personal Drivers
- A questionnaire to profile your time management drivers