Time management skills training from ITD will help you to become more efficient, develop a sense of managing tasks rather than tasks managing you, and lower stress levels. Using our unique action implementation tool we will help you make the behavioural changes you desire.
Our time management skills training is tailored to your needs to help develop practical actions for your situation. Our problem solving workshop style is ideal to help you improve, not just learn the theories as with so many time management training courses.
Time management training from ITD
Time management training from ITD will help you to become more efficient, develop a sense of managing tasks rather than tasks managing you, and lower stress levels. Using our unique action implementation tool we will help you make the behavioural changes you desire.
Our time management training is tailored to your needs to help develop practical actions for your situation. Our problem solving workshop style is ideal to help you improve, not just learn the theories as with so many time management training courses.
What is time management training about? Here is how previous participants on our training have described it.
- “Improving efficiency.”
- “The ability to deliver results in the time available.”
- “It is always possible to become more efficient in how we organise ourselves and our work.”
- “Better prioritisation.”
We identify the underlying causes
The ITD approach to time management skills training is to look for the underlying causes of time management issues. We also explore behaviours that can create pressures on ourselves. Our workshop focuses on each individual’s approach to work and how this can unlock opportunities to be more time efficient.
There are also a range of very straight forward tips which can have a big impact on time management. In our experience no single approach works for every individual. In a typical ITD time management training workshop we work with your people to find the best solution for them, so that each participant leaves with a number of specific actions to improve their efficiency.
Added to this you will benefit from our unique approach to action planning which supports the behavioural change required to make a real difference.
Typical challenges of our participants
We'll tailor the content to suit your needs
1. We will discuss with you the typical challenges of your people and their needs for the training.
2. We then design a draft training agenda, suggested time-scale and proposal including budgets.
3. The training is then arranged with input from the participants on their personal challenges.
Time management training agenda
- Introductions & Objectives.
- Personal challenges with time management.
- ITD Work Style Model – understanding how our personality can impact on our approach to work and time management.
- Understanding our strengths and weaknesses in managing our selves and our time.
- Prioritising – alternative strategies on how to prioritise.
- How habits impact on our time management and how to get into more good habits.
- Biorhythms – working with your natural energy – when possible!
- Managing emails.
- Managing expectations.
- Handling clients/colleagues assertively whilst giving a great service.
- Managing interruptions.
- Balancing project work with day to day work.
- Managing time grabbers.
- Planning tools for the day, week and month.
- Managing meetings efficiently.
- Inputting on other people’s meetings for better efficiency.
- Attending fewer meetings.
- Changing behaviours gradually.
- Personal action plans.
- Discussion to explore the participant’s needs and those of the organisation.
- Draft workshop outline tailored to your needs.
- Agreement of agenda.
- Participants complete a short questionnaire and read the ITD Work Style Model in preparation for the workshop.
Post workshop activity
- Participants leave with individual training actions.
- Email follow up of personal action plans.
- Suggested conversation with their line manager on their training actions.
- Optional WebEx conference call follow up on these actions.
- Optional 121 coaching.
- ITD blog with further tips and suggestions.
Time Management and your personality
Managing time effectively is often impacted by our personality. Using the ITD work style model, which is easy to understand and simple to apply, we can identify some typical issues.
Direct – the direct person is impatient, gets things done and doesn’t want to waste time. But they may start things without enough planning and then find some time later there is a better way to do it, so have to start again.
Analytical – the analytical person likes to really know a subject, enjoy detail and accuracy. But because they like to get things right and because they fear failure, decision making can be slow. And they may change things, make amendments, again and again, without any material difference.
Conceptual – the conceptual person likes change, prefers doing new projects rather than routine and is a good problem solver. But this personality may lead to them re-inventing the wheel, when the wheel works fine. And whilst they show energy in starting new projects, they typically aren’t so good at finishing them.
Social – the social person needs to work with people and is a good team worker, notices people’s moods and is sensitive to others. But they may be too ready to be helpful and say yes! They will say yes to everything, which can be a problem if they already have enough work to do and then accept more, resulting in quality dipping, or they are late to leave the office.
Our personalities have a huge impact on how we go about our work. Learning about ourselves can be a great first step in taking control of time.
Time Management Training Case Study
The Charity Aid Foundation connects donations with charities, transforming the way donations are made online.
The team we worked with service clients both internally and externally. And whilst resources are limited there is no shortage of demands on their time.
Their manager noticed how busy the team had become and asked ITD to help with time management training to ensure the team were equipped to handle the amount of work they had.
The team have found increased demand for their services by external and internal clients. With increased demand comes increased pressure as the team want to maintain their high quality of service.
The team manager recognised the team’s commitment to quality and increasing quantity of work. The need to be as efficient as possible became very visible. The needs for training can be summarised as; The ability to manage expectations of less urgent requests but relatively demanding individuals; To ensure work is being managed as efficiently as possible in its flow through the department; To give each individual a look in the mirror on their skills and personal and inter-personal efficiency. ITD’s problem solving workshop approach to time management training was felt to be ideal.
We designed a one day time management training session to be based on discussion, individual tasks and team work. Follow up was a session where each individual presented the results of implementing their actions to their manager and the training consultant. Content of the training was based on the individual’s challenges and pressures brought into the training room. The session looked to answer the participants’ challenges including:
- How do I manage someone’s expectations who is quite pushy?
- What can I do to become more efficient?
- How do I prioritise seemingly similar work?
- How can I do my job in work hours and leave without feeling guilty?
- Uncovering the underlying issues behind time management challenges.
- Your job role and your objectives.
- Prioritising theories applied to your work.
- Managing interruptions politely.
- Assertiveness applied to internal clients, colleagues and our line manager.
- Managing emails.
- Planning your day, week, month.
- Reducing stress.
- Taking control of your work flow.
- Managing meetings efficiently.
- How to reduce the number of meetings you go to.
The main outcomes of this session were:
- Each person gained valuable tips and ideas on how they could improve.
- The team learnt new ways of becoming more assertive with clients.
- Each participant discussed their personal challenges in an open learning atmosphere which lead to real progress in exploring their work style.
- The team found new ways of becoming more efficient.
- “Very good time management training which really showed me how to become more efficient”
- “I learnt about how being assertive can help me and help the client”
- “It’s amazing how just seemingly quite small training tips can have a big impact on my time”
- “I am really pleased with the training and the value my guys have got from it” CAF Team Manager.
- “ITD did exactly what I asked of them and more, and my internal client is very happy.” CAF Training Manager.