Personal Productivity Skills

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Many people haven’t found their ultimate level of productivity, haven’t even started looking for it, or maybe they reached it but didn’t accept it, and don’t relate to it. This is something we often hear from customers with time management training needs.

To be productive means achieving goals by organizing tasks, managing our time, and staying focused on what we want to accomplish.

This content will improve the skills of participants of your courses at all levels within the workplace (e.g., managers, supervisors, and line staff).

Target audience

The Personal-Productivity Skills training program will primarily address the needs of line-staff, human resource professionals, general managers, and senior executives by exploring ways to improve their productivity.

Course objectives

– Maximize personal productivity
– Use planning techniques to prioritize activities based on what is important
– Overcome procrastination by setting SMART objectives
– Remove obstacles to personal productivity

What you get

You will instantly receive the following training course materials:

  • 27-page facilitator manual
  • 72-page participant manual
  • 51 powerpoint slides
  • Practical exercises
  • Further reading
  • Course evaluation form
  • Action plan

Bonus personal productivity materials

  • 3 Ready-To-Use Case Scenarios
  • 3 Productivity Expert Handouts

Bonus free training materials available

You will also get the following free training guides:

  • Training icebreakers
  • How to select training materials
  • Training games
  • How to increase participation
  • Learn to improve your questioning skills
  • How to improve your listening skills
  • Learn how to deal with difficult people
  • How to evaluate training courses

Course overview

Introduction – Of the many hats that your audience can wear every day, which one would they say is productive? Of course, productivity can mean different things to different people. And, for some, they mightn’t know what you are referring to, or what exactly they may need to change. Use the content provided to explore examples of productivity in action.

Personal productivity – Managing our time is one of the fundamental steps in a journey to higher productivity. Experience has identified that for a time management system to be useful, specific criteria are needed. For example, the technique must be functional (it must meet its purpose), it must be simple, it should be portable, and you need to use it.

For best results, use the content provided to focus on time management. And, in particular, the benefits of effective time management techniques.

Proactive versus reactive work – We all need to be productive at times in our lives. Otherwise, how else could we manage time successfully? At this stage in the course, you must examine productive work versus reactive work.

You may want to add a company or industry-specific examples to further ground learning. Be sure to take your time and, wherever possible, encourage feedback from your audience. Use the content also to explore the role of planning. And, examine the critical concept of urgency versus importance.

Procrastination – Overcoming procrastination requires stress management skills, especially when we do not know how to avoid it. Use the content to explore fundamental aspects like making commitments, crisis management, and SMART objectives.

Obstacles to personal productivity – Today, course participants are more discerning than they’ve ever been, and a great way to keep them engaged is to give them content that provides value and with real-life examples.

Creating that link between your content and personal experiences helps tackle several areas that will matter to your audience. For example, the course concludes with a discussion of some of the critical aspects of communication. Then, use the content provided to examine clarity and delegation skills. And use the material provided to discuss how to remove obstacles to personal productivity.

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Frequently asked questions from productivity training courses

What is the difference between proactive and reactive work?

Proactive work - concentrates on making things happen.

  • Developing plans and schedules
  • Focusing on key tasks
  • Achieving deadlines and targets
  • Managing projects

Reactive work, on the other hand, is concerned with dealing with the immediate and urgent issues that usually arrive in an unplanned manner.

What are the benefits of productivity?

Benefits accruing to the individual include:

  • Increased motivation
  • Decreased stress
  • Achievement of objectives
  • Reward and recognition

Benefits accruing to the team include:

  • Better working environment
  • Faster achievement of objectives
  • Recognition and reward
  • Motivation
  • Enhanced teamwork

Benefits accruing to the organization include:

  • Improved productivity
  • Lower costs
  • Corporate image enhancement
  • Happier and more focused employees

What vital information should in a time management system?

The critical information contained in a time management system are:

  • Appointments
  • Dated deadlines
  • Project information
  • Key tasks
  • Work in progress and to do
  • Contact lists
  • Financial logs
  • Ideas and notes
  • Personal information

What are the pitfalls associated with using time management systems?

There are a couple of pitfalls related to using time management systems. The two main pitfalls are:

Disorganized System

  • Can't find anything
  • Connectivity is absent
  • Clarity is impossible

Perfect System

  • Too much time spent maintaining the system

What is the difference between essential events and urgent actions?

  • Important events have an outcome that leads to the achievement of your goals.
  • Urgent actions demand immediate attention and are often associated with the accomplishment of someone else's goals.

Why do people procrastinate?

Here are some reasons of why we put things off instead of doing them that should explain this behavior:

  • A response to stress that accompanies difficult or challenging tasks
  • A habit that has formed over time
  • Poor or no prioritization
  • Poor or no planning

What positive steps can I do to avoid procrastination?

Positive steps include:

  • Take ownership of your procrastination.
  • Do something to get things moving.
  • Remove the fear of failure from standing in the way of your effectiveness.
  • Start today - right now!

What are the many reasons why crises occur?

There are many reasons why crises occur. To illustrate:

  • Failure to recognize an initial crisis
  • Under-estimation of time requirements
  • No contingency plan in place
  • No follow-up after a delegation of tasks

What are SMART criteria?

SMART criteria are where an objective must be:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • Time-bound

Can you give me examples of SMART objectives?

  • Sell $1000,000 of personal productivity training manuals by 31st December 2022
  • Increase widget production by team A by 20% by the end of this year
  • Increase the cost efficiency of the Ma-Ex project by 20% by 1st January 2022
  • Decrease the time to respond to customer queries by 15 minutes by the end of quarter 3
  • By saving 10% of my pocket money, I will be the owner of a new Apple iPad by January 2022

How can I rate my productivity?

To measure your productivity, you will need to be clear on:

  • What exactly are your objectives?
  • Are you aware of how your productivity is measured?
  • How certain are you that you are spending your time doing the right things?

What is the primary relationship between communication and productivity?

Failure to communicate leads to problems in personal productivity by decreasing coordination and trust and also increasing levels of frustration and wasting resources. Research has shown that these challenges can be improved when you introduce a high level of consistency in the communication process to ensure that all information is:

  • On-time
  • Relevant
  • Reliable
  • Coherent

Can I customize these training materials and use them as my own?

Yes. We allow the full customization of our course materials.


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