Getting Stuff Done – Personal Development Boot Camp

Duration: Offered as a 90 minute webinar or 2 days in class

Course Overview

Why are there so many different organizational systems and time management methods out there? The answer is simple: it’s like any other personal challenge, like weight loss or money management. There is no simple, one size fits all answer. You must build a solution that works for you.

Over the course of this program, we will explore various time management and organizational tools and techniques so that you can build a customized productivity plan for your personal and professional lives. At the end of the course, you will emerge with a plan that works for you, so that you can start regaining control of your life!

Learning Objectives

  • Identify what personal efficiency is, what skill sets can improve your personal productivity, and what attitudes we should cultivate
  • Explain why multi-tasking is a myth
  • Describe what role long-term goals play in short-term efficiency
  • Share a personal vision and develop dreams and goals from it
  • Apply the 80/20 rule and learn how it should affect planning
  • Identify the characteristics of a good organizational system
  • Develop a plan for an efficient workspace, including a customized information center and a filing system
  • Apply a system that will allow you to process any type of information that crosses your desk, including e-mail, electronic files, paper files, voice mail, text messages, and drop-in visitors
  • Use the Eisenhower principle to prioritize work
  • Say no
  • Use routines to simplify your life
  • Understand why you procrastinate and develop methods for tackling tasks
  • Apply ideas and tools to make your household more productive and efficient

Course Outline

1. Course Overview

2. Understanding Personal Efficiency

3. Developing the Right Attitude

  • Useful Skill Sets
  • Useful Attitudes

4. Laying the Foundation

  • Creating a Personal Vision Statement
  • Bringing It All Together
  • Making Connections
  • Identifying Dreams and Setting Goals
  • My Dreams and Goals

5. The Building Blocks of a Good Organizational System

  • Pareto’s Principle
  • Characteristics of a Good Organizational System

6. Creating the Right Environment

  • Garbage Out!
  • Laying Out Your Workspace
  • Re-Designing Your Workspace
  • Setting up a Daily System
  • Setting up a Filing System
  • Putting it in Action

7. Setting Up Your Virtual Environment

  • Organizing Electronic Files
  • Making Your E-Mail Program Work for You
  • Exploring Applications

8. Setting Up Your Information Management Center

  • Key Components of a System
  • Case Studies
  • Making Connections
  • Lessons Learned

9. Managing Information in Six Easy Steps

  • GOPHER It!
  • Processing E-Mail Messages
  • Digging Donald out of the Hole

10. Prioritizing Your Tasks

  • The Urgent-Important Matrix
  • Putting Tasks in Their Place

11. Saying No

12. Creating Routines

13. Stopping Procrastination Now (Not Later!)

  • Tackling Procrastination
  • A Challenge to Change

14. Applying Our Lessons at Home

15. Personal Action Plan