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What makes a solid time management learning experience?

Leanne Hoagland-Smith. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media

Leanne Hoagland-Smith. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: July 13, 2013 12:22PM



Maybe you completed the self-assessment in last week’s column and have begun to seriously consider taking a time management workshop. Congratulations for embracing self-improvement and the desire to change the status quo.

There are many learning delivery systems from self-study, teleconferences, webinars, face-to-face instruction to actual one-on-one executive coaching. Regardless of the how the learning experience is delivered, the following are some recommendations to ensure you find the right time management course that will deliver sustainable results.

1. Look for learning objectives that speak to individual behaviors including negative conditioning; the benefits of time management; the articulation of one’s purpose; and the concept of investing time not spending it.

2. Look for activities that are centered on goal setting; written action plans; and the necessity of balance between one’s personal and professional lives.

3. Look for audio reinforcement to provide spaced repetition so that you as the learner truly remember the key learning objectives and works with you if you are an auditory learner.

4. Look for a schedule to allow you the opportunity to practice new time strategies or self-management strategies before gaining additional knowledge. If you have had time management problems for a while or the problems are repetitive, a 2- to 4-hour learning engagement in one afternoon will not solve those problems.

The fifth recommendation is not about the curriculum, but about you as the participant. For sustainable results, you must be honest with you and look within yourself to your beliefs and more importantly your own commitment level. If you are not committed to change, then do not waste the money on some time management course.

A solid time management program is really a mini-leadership program because if you cannot manage or lead yourself, how can you manage or lead others? The program should be both strategic (thinking) and tactical (doing) allowing you to know and do simultaneously.

P.S. Shout Out – Stacks in Valparaiso and Tommy B’s in Hobart (formerly the Country Lounge) are good places to and unwind.



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