I. IDENTIFYING YOUR VALUE SYSTEM
Objective: Participants will list values that are important to them.
Everyone wants success. What that looks like may differ from person to person. Having a clear idea of what success means to you makes it easier to focus in on what you need to be doing on a daily basis to make that success happen for you. In our fast-paced life we rarely take the time to stop and think about values. What is really important to you? And are you consistently (daily, weekly, monthly) doing activities that support those values? In class you will start the process of prioritizing what is important to you, your values, and then aligning your behaviors so that they support those values. If you are too busy just doing the urgent tasks that life throws at you, and never deliberately doing the tasks that take you closer to your desired results, then you end up frustrated and overwhelmed. Truly meaningful time management is more than checking off tasks on a list. It is making sure that every day you are choosing tasks that take you closer to your desired result.
II. GOAL SETTING
Objective: Participants will apply the seven-step goal setting process to their professional responsibilities as well as their personal lives.
Success in life happens when we focus our energy, time and talents on specific goals. Using your time wisely means making choices about where best to aim your focus. Think about Zig`s quote, €œIt`s not lack of time; we have the same amount of time as any other €˜average` billionaire. It`s the amount of time we use that makes the difference.
III. PLANNING AND SCHEDULING YOUR DAY
Objective: Participants will understand the key elements to successfully managing their tasks and their time.
To get the results you want, you must find the time to do the activities necessary to reach the goals you have set. That doesn`t just happen – that takes planning! Many people resist the idea of planning their day because it seems too structured, too much of a hassle, and who has time to plan anyway? Planning your day enables you to make better decisions and actually increases your control over your day. A planned day reduces stress and can produce more creativity and even €œcreate more time in your day! Planning your day doesn`t have to take more than 15 minutes – 1% of your day. The other 99% can be used in executing your plan.
IV. DENTIFYING AND ELIMINATING TIME WASTERS IN YOUR DAY
Objective: Participants will identify what are their top time wasters and list specific ways to reduce or eliminate them.
In the class, Putting More Power in Your Hour, you will be given the skills to help you successfully plan out your day. However, even the best plans can sometimes go awry. There are many times in our day that are wasted. Learning to recognize those times and then productively and creatively handling them is a vital skill. The class will address the top seven time wasters in Corporate America according to Peter Drucker: interruptions, procrastination, meetings, poor planning, socializing, waiting for answers and shifting priorities.
Objective: Participants will maximize technology available to better manage their time.
Technology can be a gift and an albatross to your time management efforts. In class you will be given opportunities to discuss with fellow classmates how cell phones, e-mail, the internet, voice mail, and other technologies can be used most effectively.
VI. STRESS MANAGEMENT
Objective: Participants will understand the nature of stress and specific techniques to apply during times of stress.
Stress is the perception that events and/or circumstances have exceeded our ability to cope. Most of the time it is not the event, person or circumstance that is particularly stressful, it is how we perceive our ability to get through it that causes our stress. Generally speaking, the more in control we feel the less stress in life we feel. Conversely, the more out of control we feel, the more stress we feel. Learning what we can truly control will go a long way in helping us perceive our situations in a healthy way.