Time Management course and newsletter info – Time Management and Technology

by ltconsulting on August 1, 2011

With ever-increasing workloads and deadlines, the ability to manage our time has never been more important. Time management is a crucial factor in work and our time management courses are created to ensure that delegates can make their time keeping as efficient and effective as possible. We do this by supplying a time management training course that is full of tools and tips for improving time management, time planning, delegation, organisation and management strategies, managing meetings, managing e-mails as well as handling and using time effectively. Our time management course will cover subjects such as goal setting, improving organisation skills and managing time successfully. Our seminars are packed with useful tips and techniques that allow you to become a better time manager instantly.

Follow our tips to manage you time better.

An acute case of ‘absenteeism’

Three out of four bosses make themselves available to their job at all hours of the day, and their personal relationships suffer as a result of their workaholic tendencies, according to a survey about managers’ working hours.

UK law firm Peninsula, the company behind the survey, is warning that failure to unwind, relax and the inability to have a release from work has a dire effect on employers’ work performance and motivation.

The survey of 1,800 employers found that 79 percent — almost four out of five — worked more than 60 hours a week — an average of 12 hours a day in a five-day working week.

Just six percent, meanwhile, worked between 40 and 50 hours a week, while 15 percent worked between 50 and 60 hours.

The survey also found that 87 percent made themselves available for work-related issues by leaving their cell phones switched on once they had left the office, and 82 percent found it impossible to turn their minds off work after hours.

The effect of working such long hours had detrimental effects on their personal relationships and sleeping patterns, managers said.

Three out of four — or 76 percent — said their commitment to their job had a negative effect on relationships and their social life, while the same number said they survived on between two and four hours of quality sleep a day.

Hewlett Packard Survey

Hewlett Packard commissioned a survey of 1,100 UK office workers, revealing that the relentless interruptions of phone calls, emails, and text messages they experienced at work cut productivity and left them feeling wiped out. Among other things, the study revealed the following:

  • Nearly two out three people check their e-mail messages when they’re out of the office and when on vacation
  • Half of all workers respond to an e-mail within 60 minutes of receiving it
  • One out of five workers will separate from a business or social engagement to respond to a message.

British Clinical Trials

Dr. Glenn Wilson, a psychiatrist at King’s College London University, conducted 80 clinical trials, wherein he monitored workers’ IQs throughout the day. Wilson saw a 10-point drop in the IQs of trial participants who were distracted with message juggling—that’s the same as losing a whole night’s sleep and more than double the 4-point fall seen after smoking marijuana.

Hewlett Packard’s David Smith said “the research suggests that we are in danger of being caught up in a 24-hour ‘always on’ society.”

Being constantly ‘on’ is also the enemy of creative thinking and innovation. Talking on the phone, answering countless emails or rushing to the next meeting does not allow you to think things through or answer the most important question-what’s my real priority!

Put simply, overwork is just plain bad for business and bad for your health and happiness. Without enough time to rest, think, recharge and enjoy a balanced life, people become anxious, error prone and ill. So what to do?

  1. ask yourself if you pass the gravestone test. Will your gravestone read- ‘answered every email received’ or something more in keeping with your values? I bet no one would like the epitaph ‘was always available at the weekend when needed’
  2. ask yourself ‘who is going to get my life in balance?’. If it’s the person reading this then answer the next question.
  3. ‘what am I going to do differently today?’ Am I going to turn my phone off when I leave the office, shall I go for a walk after dinner or call a friend. Maybe I’ll just sit around and read a book.

So, if your inner workaholic is winning the race – it’s time to make a change. If your technology is in charge of you – it’s time to make a change. If you want to be happier ,healthier, more productive and more creative – it’s time to make a change.

Are you an e-mail-aholic?

The average office worker is now receiving more than 36 e-mails a day. Misused and overused, e-mail has been identified as a leading Productivity Stealer. Many say that it now adds more than two hours every day to an already crowded schedule and, in a recent survey, only 12% of people thought e-mail increased productivity. E-mail is also used inappropriately to avoid confrontational or contentious issues at work.

One study also concluded that 45% of e-mails received at the office have no relevance to actual work. Here are three tips to make this e-mail relevant to you!

  • If you are labouring hard to compose an e-mail, it usually suggests that a better method communication is necessary (i.e. a telephone call or face-to-face meeting)
  • If your e-mail message is contentious, sleep on it or get a dispassionate colleague to read it first.
  • Create e-mail rules that balance your need for technology with face to face contact. Develop e-mail guidelines for your team or department.

Our training is carried out in a risk free environment which encourages delegates to practice the skills needed for successful appraisals. We use a number of training methods including role-play, video, audio, workshops and group exercises to enhance the learning process.

Why choose Total Success for your training?

  • our lead trainers have over 18 years experience in training
  • a maximum of 8 delegates means more time spent on individual needs
  • we guarantee to run the course and will never cancel at the last moment
  • free subscription to our monthly training newsletter

All open courses are trained in Central London at the St Giles Hotel.

Each delegate receives a comprehensive training workbook that doubles as an open course manual. Courses run from 9.30-5.30 with lunch and refreshments provided.

Time Management In-Company Courses

Total Success have developed a series of in-house training modules. These are designed so that an organisation can pick the training which is more applicable to its own needs and budget. Please call us to discuss your specific requirements. If you click on the links below you will see some typical one-day time management course agendas that cover a wide range of subjects from prioritising, delegating, assertiveness, managing interruptions, managing e-mail, using Outlook calendar, tasks etc. In fact we pride ourselves on being able to develop courses that suit all our clients needs and requirements.

Time Management Training Packs

Why use a total success training pack

If you are looking to run your own training course but lack the materials and the time to develop a fully functional training seminar we produce a range of training materials and packs which will suit your requirements exactly. All of our packs and been written by our own time management experts and we can guarantee that the training pack will satisfy your course requirements. Each pack will contain a full set of PowerPoint training slides, trainer’s notes, a course manual, and a full set of handouts and activities.

We have been running our courses since 1995 and have trained 1000’s of people via open courses and in-company seminars. We guarantee that the course you buy is the one we train. All courses are trainer and trainee friendly so you’ll be up and running quickly (depending on your training experience).

We know how difficult it is to choose amongst the many training materials available on line, that’s why we have 3 packages that will suit you needs. With our gold, silver and bronze packages you can choose the training format that’s right for you and your budget. Call us 0044 (0)208 269 1177 to discuss your requirements or email us info@totalsuccess.co.uk

Related information

Total success training also produced a number of newsletter webpages that carry great information on all our training topics.  Below you will find a selection of time management newsletter pages. You can click on any of the links and they will give you stacks of really interesting information relating to time management. If you like the content of these pages you can subscribe to our newsletter page and we will send you a newsletter every month. we update our pages very regularly so will always be more great information each time you log onto our site.

Click on any of these links for stacks of great tips and techniques on managing time

Time Management book’s and publications

The Book. If you really don’t have the time to attend one of our fantastic time management training courses and seminars, don’t worry. You can still enhance your knowledge and skills by purchasing time management training information from our website. Our lead trainer, Warren Wint has written a book entitled ‘Successful Time Management’ which is packed with tips and techniques to help you manage your time more effectively and more efficiently. You can purchase the book by clicking on the link below and downloading it to your own computer

Bite-sized Training Guides. We had also produced a range of bite-sized training guides on various subjects relating to time management. These short guides are written to give enough information on the topics that interest you. We include topics such as managing e-mail, setting goals and prioritising, the art and skill of effective delegation, and managing busy workloads and deadlines. These are designed for you to work through your topics in approximately 30 to 40 min, and not only give you valuable information but also include exercises and activities to enable you to learn at your own pace and on the go. These are very competitively priced at 99p each because we want you to not only gain valuable information but also to keep coming back and purchasing more to enable you to become a fabulous manager of time. Click the links below and download our training guides as PDF documents so you will be able to start achieving your goals today!

Podcasts

We produce a range of podcasts and audio downloads that you can download to hear how we conduct our training courses. These are available in live audio if you click on the links below and it’s almost like being on one of our courses. They allow you to hear how we carry out some of the topics in our time management training courses. If you like them and want to hear more please go to our Podcast pages on the website

Listen to our Time Management Podcasts

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