Personal Development

Improving Personal Productivity (E1481)


This short course will show participants how to organize their lives and provide them with the skills to find those missing minutes allowing them to have more productive time in their day. Participants will learn how to establish routines, set goals, create an efficient environment, and use established planning and organizational tools to maximize their personal productivity.

Personal Productivity is a goal most of us have and most people wish they had more time in a day. Through this course participants will be on the right track in achieving that goal.

Learning Goals:
At the end of this course, participants should be able to:
· Set and evaluate SMART goals
· Use routines to maximize their productivity
· Use scheduling tools to make the most of their time
· Stay on top of their to-do list
· Start new tasks and projects on the right foot
· Use basic project management techniques
· Organize their physical and virtual workspaces for maximum efficiency
· Take back time

Course Overview:
Module One: Getting Started

Module Two: Setting SMART Goals
The Three P’s
Prioritizing Your Goals
Evaluating and Adapting
Case Study
Module Two: Review Questions

Module Three: The Power of Routines
What is a Routine?
Personal Routines
Professional Routines
Six Easy Ways to Simplify Your Life
Case Study
Module Three: Review Questions

Module Four: Scheduling Yourself
The Simple Secret of Successful Time Management
Developing a Tracking System
Scheduling Appointments
Scheduling Tasks
Case Study
Module Four Review Questions

Module Five: Keeping Yourself on Top of Tasks
The One-Minute Rule
The Five-Minute Rule
What to do When You Feel like You’re Sinking
Case Study
Module Five: Review Questions

Module Six: Tackling New Tasks and Projects
The Sliding Scale
A Checklist for Getting Started
Evaluating and Adapting
Case Study
Module Six: Review Questions

Module Seven: Using Project Management Techniques
The Triple Constraint
Creating the Schedule
Using a RACI Chart
Case Study
Module Seven: Review Questions

Module Eight: Creating a Workspace
Setting Up the Physical Layout
Ergonomics 101
Using Your Computer Efficiently
Case Study
Module Eight: Review Questions

Module Nine: Organizing Files and Folders
Organizing Paper Files
Organizing Electronic Files
Scheduling Archive and Clean-Up
Case Study
Module Nine: Review Questions

Module Ten: Managing E-Mail
Using E-mail Time Wisely
Taking Action!
Making the Most of Your E-mail Program
Taking Time Back from Handheld Devices
Case Study
Module Ten: Review Questions

Module Eleven: Tackling Procrastination
Why We Procrastinate
Nine Ways to Overcome Procrastination
Eat That Frog!
Case Study
Module Eleven: Review Questions

Module Twelve:
Words from the Wise

  • Personal Productivity
  • Coursebook
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certification with a duration: Forever