Time Management

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Time Management


This eight-hour course will validate the importance of time management skills in today’s hectic professional and personal worlds and how those skills impact each student’s productivity and general sense of accomplishment and well-being.  The course will cover the basics of making good time management skills into habits.  The course will present time management as a mental process and not a time-based, rigid obligation.  Students will be exposed to a process of understanding the benefits of prioritization of tasks, creating to-do lists, freeing-up time for beneficial usage and developing a workspace that lends itself to individual accomplishment and attainment of personal and professional goals. 

The course will help students understand what tasks are important and what tasks are not.  Attendees will become more proficient at determining what is the best use of their time at any given moment and ways to ensure that they will perform that most rewarding task at that time.  Meeting management, telephone usage and modern computer-based and mobile telephone-based time management systems will be explored.

Your Instructor:  

Major Rick McLaughlin (retired) of the Kansas City , Missouri Police Department will guide students through the challenges of good time management practices.  Major McLaughlin has taught time management practices for law enforcement, professional and personal groups for over twenty years. 

Course Content:  

Students will be give instruction, case studies and a topical outline on each of the following areas:

Why “Time Management” is Important

The personal and professional cost of poor time management skills impacts each individual’s productivity and sense of general well-being.  Skills can be developed that will impact in a positive way anyone’s pursuit of both professional and personal goals.

How Do You Currently Decide How to “Spend” Your Time?  The Act of Conscious Decision

The instructor will guide students to an understanding that “time” is a commodity that is spent, just like money.  The difference is that the outflow of money can be controlled while time continuously marches on.  However, both “time” and “money” can be spent on things that are important and not wasted on the unimportant.  Student participation in a role-playing exercise will further develop this concept.

Task Prioritization

“The 1st thing to do is to make sure that the 1st thing is in fact the 1st thing.”  Setting priorities as to what is important and should be done first is one of the primary obligations of developing good time management skills.  Systems to use to guarantee that important tasks are handled in a timely manner will be explored.  Also an understanding of how to determine what is in fact “important” will be discussed.  Class participation in exercises will develop this skill

How to Overcome Procrastination

Tips on how to overcome the “Seven Common Escapes” used by procrastinators will be presented.  Also, how to determine if you are a procrastinator and how to accept personal responsibility will be discussed and explored through student exercises.

Understanding the Difference Between “Important” and “Urgent”

Urgency does not necessarily increase the importance of a task.  Developing skills on how to overcome this conflict between important and urgent will be presented.

Who Should Attend

All law enforcement agency members and communication personnel will benefit from this course.  Improving efficiency and productivity in both our professional and personal lives is something everyone would like to achieve.  This course will help attendees understand and identify what is important in their lives and how to create the time to allow important “goals” to be successfully achieved.

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This page last updated: 08 Jul 2009