National Seminars Group & Padgett Thompson
a division of Rockhurst University Continuing Education Center
Course Description

Time Management & Organization Skills for Busy Professionals

Say goodbye to the stress, pressure and frustration that come from being disorganized and rushed for time!

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Dear Professional:

Work smarter instead of harder with a time management system
you’ll design!
We’ll show you how…

Are you working harder and longer than ever before, trying to keep up with an increasingly demanding workload? Most professionals are! You know the drill: You come in early, stay late, take work home, do two things at once — but your “to-do” list just keeps getting longer and longer!

Your calendar is jammed with commitments. Your workspace is shrinking because of the piles of paperwork you need to get to. You’re stressed out, frustrated and overwhelmed because you don’t see any end in sight to your growing workload.

Sound all too familiar? Then take heart! We’ve developed a practical new approach to organizing your time, a one-day workshop called Time Management and Organization Skills for Busy Professionals.

Get more done in fewer hours with a time management system YOU design! The trouble with traditional time management theories, we’ve found, is that they’re one-size-fits-all. No wonder they don’t work! the heart of this radically different program is a time management plan that YOU will design for yourself – allowing you to build in the flexibility you need to meet work and home commitments.

In addition, you’ll learn how to …

  • Organize anything from a messy desk to towering piles in
    3 basic steps
  • Take action with “next-step thinking” to get tasks accomplished – instead of putting them off
  • Boost productivity by identifying and eliminating time-eating habits
    and organizational hurdles
  • End procrastination, perfectionism and other time traps forever!
  • Say goodbye to missed deadlines by accurately estimating
    how long projects will take

Regain control of your time and conquer clutter by getting organized!
This workshop’s unique two-pronged approach combines time management and organization skills to offer you “the best of the best” techniques, tools and tips for taking command of your workday. We’ll show you how to clear the clutter in easy steps, how to organize your files and stop being a slave to sticky notes. Think what a relief it will be to walk into an organized workspace every day – instead of the messy piles and stacks that greet you now!

Take the next step: Make the decision that will change your life and enroll today. “Next-step thinking” is a cutting-edge, time management technique you’ll master in this workshop, one that moves you from inaction to action – and success.

What You’ll Learn

Get more done in less time – and be better organized than you ever dreamed possible – using a practical new approach to time management!

You'll discover how to ...

  • Free up countless hours with a time management plan you'll customize for the way YOU work
  • Organize ANYTHING in three basic steps, attacking piles, stacks and "stuff" that hinders productivity
  • Master "next-step thinking" to move past planning and into action
  • Identify and eliminate your time-eating habits and organizational hurdles
  • End procrastination, perfectionism and other time traps - forever!
  • Eliminate missed deadlines by accurately estimating how long tasks will really take

Who Should Attend

“OK, but will this workshop really benefit ME?” Take this quick self-quiz to know for sure!

  • Do you find yourself coming in to work early and staying late on a regular basis?
  • Do you have trouble finding papers and files when you need them?
  • Are you drowning in unread or unanswered e-mails?
  • Does your “to-do” list grow longer instead of shorter?
  • Are you putting more and more projects and tasks “on the back burner”?
  • Do people refer to you as a workaholic?
  • Are you a procrastinator?
  • Is your work area aglow in sticky notes?
  • Do you often feel you’re neglecting your family or your career — or both?
  • Do you end up doing things at the last minute?
  • Have you missed meetings, events or appointments because you just plain forgot?
  • Are there stacks of papers or files in your work area that need to be filed or dealt with?
  • Do projects frequently take longer than you anticipated?
  • Do you find your weekends filling up with work?
  • Do you habitually put off doing dreaded tasks?
  • Do you frequently skip lunch or just gulp something down at your desk?
  • Are you often trying to do at least two things at once?
  • Are you chronically late?
  • Are you embarrassed to have others see your work area?
  • Do your high-quality standards make it tough for you to “let go” of a project?
  • Do constant interruptions make it hard for you to get anything done?
  • Do you have trouble saying “no” to requests, even when you don’t have time to do what’s being asked of you?
  • Do you feel stressed out and pressed for time more often
    than not?
  • Do you often spend a lot of time looking for things you know you just had?
  • Do you feel so overwhelmed by the disorganization around you that you don’t know where to start?

If you answered yes to more than a few questions, this workshop is for you. Regain control of your time and end chaos and clutter with a practical new approach that really works!

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Workshop Agenda

Your 4-Point Plan to Organizing Your Time – And Your Life!

I. Managing Yourself: Success Habits That Boost Your Effectiveness

  • 5 time-wise habits that top achievers share
  • Myths about time management that can stall your productivity
  • The 7-step formula for eliminating procrastination from your life – forever!
  • How to break away from perfectionism and other bad habits that rob you of time and effectiveness
  • Recognizing the negative, time-robbing power of worrying – and how to banish it from your life
  • The crucial importance of determining your real priorities and identifying what matters most
  • A simple-to-learn prioritizing system that puts you in control
  • Just say NO! Tactful but assertive ways to decline when your plate is full
  • You can’t do it all! Delegation techniques that work like a charm to lighten your load

II. Managing Your Time: New Tools and Strategies That Really Work

  • The Time Management Style Survey: Assess your strengths
    and pinpoint your weaknesses
  • The one-minute focus and other planning “musts” guaranteed to double your productivity
  • Identifying your greatest time-wasters – and determining how
    to avoid or eliminate them
  • What’s your daily “peak productivity time”? How to recognize and make the most of it
  • 20 bright ideas for stopping the time-draining effects of interruptions
  • Scheduling how-to’s that build in flexibility for the unexpected
  • Calendars, day planners, PDAs and personal productivity software: Determining which tools will work best for you
  • The secret to ending chronic lateness
  • Deadlines 101: Tips for assessing how long any task or project will really take
  • The tyranny of “to-do” lists: How to turn this unruly monster into your best buddy

III. Managing Your Stuff: Clutter-Busting “Musts” for Getting Organized

  • Eligible for Pack Rats Anonymous? How to break yourself of the instinct to keep everything
  • How to organize ANYTHING in 3 steps: Analyze, Plan and Take Action!
  • “Get a bigger trash can” and other words of wisdom from organizational gurus
  • Creating an in-box system that works for you instead of against you
  • A step-by-step plan of attack for turning piles into files
  • How to design a filing system that meets your specific needs
  • Technology tamers: Getting a grip on e-mail, voice mail, faxes and more
  • In a tight squeeze? Space organization tools that can give you more room to work
  • Desk-clearing techniques that’ll make you look like a neatnik in just minutes

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IV. Managing for the Long Haul: “Next-Step Thinking” Keeps You on Track for Life!

  • Understanding the concept of “next-step thinking”: Determining the next step you’ll need to take action on any task, problem or project
  • PLANNING SESSION: Developing your personalized plan for organizing your time
  • How to use next-step thinking to put your plan into motion
  • Maintaining your plan: Steps you’ll take tomorrow, next week, next month, next year
  • Prevent backsliding! Guerrilla tactics for avoiding the pressure to do more

Your Guarantee of Complete Satisfaction

We stand behind our seminars with a 100 percent , iron-clad, money-back guarantee of satisfaction. If for any reason you’re not completely satisfied with the solid skills, the tips, tools and shortcuts, and the crucial information you receive during this workshop, we’ll refund your money in full. Every penny. Guaranteed!

Program Hours:
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration begins at
8:30 a.m.

Group Discount: When 3 enroll from your organization, a 4th attends FREE!

Lunch is on your own.

Continuing Education:
Continuing education credits may be recognized by your professional board. Contact your own board to find out what's required. If you cancel your registration up to five business days before the workshop,

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