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“Time, goes you say? Ah, no! Alas, Time stays, we go” – Henry Austin Dobson

Time management and self-management are two skills which once mastered can have the single-most impact on overall job performance and effectiveness. They are essential skills for all successful people irrespective of your career choice. If you can identify and focus on the activities that give you the greatest returns you will dramatically increase your chances of becoming a high achiever. Many people spend their days in a frenzy of activity, but achieve very little because they are not concentrating on the right things. The key is to concentrate on results, not on being busy.


Why is Time Management Important?

  • Dealing with conflicting priorities
  • Planning for the unexpected
  • Forward planning to avoid fire fighting
  • Managing multiple priorities based on importance and urgency
  • Planning the best use of your time
  • Effective multitasking
  • Getting advice and using knowledge from others
  • Analyse your work habits and determine areas of improvement

Self-Management is Key:

  • Setting and achieving goals
  • Avoid over-committing yourself
  • Overcoming procrastination
  • Learning how to focus
  • Improve communication
  • What is “Good Enough”?
  • Identifying and eliminating time wasters
  • Balance your work and home life
  • Knowing if you are overloaded or under-productive
  • Self-management
  • Ensuring that you have time to think
  • Working smarter and not longer
  • Reduce stress by being more in control
  • Focusing on Outcomes
  • How flexible should you be?
  • Handling items once only
  • Recognising “Have to’s”/”Want to’s”
  • Having clear expectations and objectives

Practical Tools and Techniques that Work:

  • The Pareto Principle/”80:20 Rule”
  • Simple project management
  • Techniques for decisiveness
  • Developing an effective task list
  • Using prioritising systems to maximise your productivity
  • Using time management tools effectively
  • Using technology to assist you manage your time
  • Identifying which are low-value tasks and which are high-value tasks
  • Daily planning techniques
  • Using time and activity logs
  • Producing plans and schedules
  • Using MS Outlook to increase productivity
  • Understanding critical paths and how to apply them to best manage your tasks
  • Systems to increase productivity and help organise your office
  • Identifying the important from the unimportant
  • Identifying the steps in achieving your goals

The Impact of Your Environment:

  • Desk management
  • What should be filed?
  • Organising your office and workstation
  • Creating an environment for peak productivity

The Impact of Others:

  • Managing meeting more productively and effectively
  • Delegating – even if you are not the boss
  • Dealing with e-mail overload
  • Managing and reducing distractions and interruptions
  • Coordinating others activities to ensure that you achieve your goals
  • Barriers to effective delegation:
    • I can do it better
    • The task is unpleasant
    • I want to retain control
    • I can do it faster
  • Knowing which meetings you should attend
  • Knowing when you should say “No”
  • Managing your phone calls and e-mails
  • Dealing with time waster such as visitors, e-mails and the internet
  • Managing your dependencies on others
  • Managing your manager

And much more!


  • Anyone wanting to increase their productivity
  • Anyone aiming to outperform their peers and co-workers
  • Anyone who feels they can improve their time management skills
  • Anyone who feels that they are not performing to their full potential
  • Anyone who can benefit from improved organisation and self-management


  • Be able to set and achieve goals
  • Increase productivity
  • Know how to manage your priorities effectively
  • Take away tools and techniques to become a high achiever
  • Be able to consistently focus on priorities
  • Regain a feeling of control


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