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Beating the Clock: Personal Time Management

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Multi-tasking is a necessary part of the business environment, but if not managed properly, can lead to confusion, duplication, frustration, stress, and loss of motivation.

During this 1-day course you will learn to get the upper hand on the constant demands by applying specific techniques to prioritize projects and tasks, and use an analytical approach to manage your time. We will discuss the roots of time management issues: setting priorities, being proactive, communication and behaviour patterns, and staying focused.


Participants will gain practical skills to:

  • Create time management and prioritization strategies.
  • Plan and control the work day.
  • Reduce stress and increase sense of personal control.
  • Assign priorities objectively, setting goals and rewards.
  • Control reaction to “those who scream the loudest”.
  • Set personal rules for communication and behaviour, and recognize when to break them.



The Beating the Clock: Personal Time Management course is appropriate for individuals who are:

  • Are struggling with prioritization in a multi-tasking environment.
  • Hold dual roles such as supporting project and organizational requirements.
  • Are Project Managers or Business Analysts struggling with prioritization between projects.



There is no prerequisite for this course. It functions as a stand-alone course.


You will receive a course binder containing copies of presentation slides, templates and a reference list.



  • Discussion of seminar objectives
  • Identifying a time management strategy


Time Management Personality Types

  • Time management types
  • Time management types strengths and weaknesses
  • Working with the opposite type
  • Personal SWOT analysis


Prioritization Strategies

  • The 80/20 rule
  • Principles of prioritization
  • Personal professional goals
  • List tasks and assignments
  • Prioritization tools
  • Triage prioritization technique
  • ABC prioritization technique
  • Quadrant prioritization technique


Prioritization Strategies Cont'd

  • Simple Balanced Matrix prioritization technique
  • Weighted Matrix prioritization technique
  • Other prioritization tools


Assigning Resources

  • Time allocation
  • Scheduling tasks and assignments
  • Delegating and contingency
  • Negotiating priorities


Time Bandits

  • What are time bandits
  • E-mail
  • Elements of efficient meetings
  • Filing systems
  • PDA's



  • Discussion of lessons learned


course info

Course ID: 4304
Course Level: Beginner
Duration: 1 day

upcoming sessions

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PMI Talent TriangleThe following table provides the breakdown of the professional development units (PDUs) for this course aligned with the PMI Talent TriangleTM.

  Tech. Ldrshp. Strat. & Bus.
PMP 7 0 0
PgMP 7 0 0
PfMP 7 0 0
PMI-ACP 7 0 0
PMI-SP 7 0 0
PMI-RMP 7 0 0
PMI-PBA 7 0 0

The three columns in the above table are Technical Project Management, Leadership, and Strategic & Business Management.

Other Credits

Other professional (re)certification credits are available, including:

  • Certified Business Analyst Professionals (CBAPs) earn 7CDUs (Category 2B)
  • Certified Software Quality Engineers (CSQEs) earn 1 RU
  • CIPS Information Systems Professionals (ISPs) earn 7 Learning Credits
  • CIPS Information Technology Certified Professional (ITCPs) earn 7 Learning Credits