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Does anyone have any ideas, icebreakers and/or exercises for a time management course which I have to run at short notice? I would be very obliged to you! Thank you Thierry
 

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Steve
By SteveRobson
10th Feb 2012 08:53

Hi Thierry

"Activities to have more fun"

However tempting it may be to want your trainees to have "fun" the chances are if that if "fun" is your intention then thats the last thing anyone will have.

I don't know anything about "Time Management" training but I do know that if you make it relevant and interesting and imaginitive then they will have a good experience and probably even learn something.

They might also have some "fun" but thats up to them to decide, not you.

As for "Icebreakers" how can you know if they need warming up when you haven't even designed the course yet? Most people are warm enough without the trainer getting them to do innapropriate activities.

Good luck

Steve

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By andrewjacobs
10th Feb 2012 09:47

You're slowing down Steve...  :-) 

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By SteveRobson
10th Feb 2012 09:59

Yes almost missed it. The "Fun" Police phoned me up and I was straight on to it ;-)

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By Garry Platt
10th Feb 2012 12:33

Hello Thierry, welcome to TrainingZone - Virtually the same question was asked some years ago on this forum and the answers there might be of some use to you:

https://www.trainingzone.co.uk/item/167697

Alternatively take a look at these:

The opening section: http://www.stxd.org/PGI/Web%20Workshops/Effective_time_management-instructor.pdf

'Finish the Sentence' Activity on the following page: http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/leader/icebreak.html

And

http://www.experientialexercises.com/icebreakers-101questions.php#time

 

 

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By Rus Slater
10th Feb 2012 13:18

http://www.coach-and-courses.com/page20.htm

 

Time Management

There are two useful resources here for Time Management....

~"time bandits"; things people list as their bugbears and                 Click here for "Time Bandits"

~the 7 Wastes of Time; a derivation from Toyota/lean method       Click here for "7 Wastes"   

 

 

Rus

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By Thierry
10th Feb 2012 21:30

Thank you so much!

 

Regards Thierry

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By Thierry
11th Feb 2012 19:23

Thank yoou

 

Thierry

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By Bryan Edwards
13th Feb 2012 06:33

Hi Thierry

You might want to have a look at my suggestion fromn a couple of years ago - https://www.trainingzone.co.uk/topic/free-resources/free-resources-time-robber-exercise/133490

Hope that helps.

Bryan

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By cvonhagel
13th Feb 2012 15:38

I wrote a Time Management course once that was really successful.  Read Bryan Tracy's Eat that Frog for some great inspiration.-- cvh

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By Honary
15th Feb 2012 15:15

Some more time management exercises along with time management training materials and advanced time management can be found here.

Hope this helps

Ehsan Honary

 

 

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Steve
By SteveRobson
15th Feb 2012 15:51

I must admit to being a little confused?

Do people actually need training in Time Management?

Do companies pay for their staff to be trained in Time Management?

How much does it cost?

How much time does it take? (Sorry that was  a bad joke)

I have yet to meet anyone in any occupation that I would imagine needed this sort of training. Some of the stuff people get up to out there is a real eye opener. (Don't mention "The Martian Game")

 

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By andrewjacobs
15th Feb 2012 16:57

what's the value in time management training?

I blogged about this last year. 

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Steve
By SteveRobson
15th Feb 2012 17:53

Thanks for the link, completely agree with everything you say.

Don't suppose you have a blog on "In Tray Training"...another one that has me wondering what councils are spending my money on.

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By Garry Platt
16th Feb 2012 06:31

 This lecture contains some of the best advice out there on managing your time. 

It's the Randy Pausch Lecture on Time Management delivered by a man who knew he had terminal cancer and had only months left to live. As you can imagine he was quite focussed on using his time effectively. Erudite, moving and informed.

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By Honary
16th Feb 2012 07:13

 I am puzzled by views of Steve and Andrew here (I read your article). 

Steve suggests that: "I have yet to meet anyone in any occupation that I would imagine needed this sort of training". 

Do you really mean no one needs time management?! People can deliver a bad course on time management, but that doesn’t mean a time management course is not needed or is not useful. Look around you. You see just about everyone complaining about lack of time and the sheer amount of stuff they have to do. Ask them if they have to do more now in comparison with what they used to do and again almost everyone says they are doing more. 

Emails, text messages, communication and accessibility to information are all contributing to the demand. Saying that time management doesn’t work is short sighted and rather odd. Instead we have to see what we can do in a time management course to help people become more productive. 

The one critical element that is contributing to this huge demand on us is technology and the best way to counter this demand produced by technology is to use technology. So a good time management course must address new technologies that can be employed and used easily and seamlessly to increase productivity. Consider new powerful smartphones, sophisticated calendar software, online cloud solutions and gazillions of extensions, addons all designed to make us more productive. Of course using all of this requires an efficient workflow and that is what we need to teach in a time management course.  

The view that because some out dated training doesn’t do much and has no lasting effect should not lead us to think that time management is not necessary or is a waste of time. Instead, it means perhaps we need a fresh take on the topic and update time management courses. 

Ehsan Honary

 

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Steve
By SteveRobson
16th Feb 2012 08:02

Any half decent Supervisor / Manager should be able to address this problem so why anyone would need to attend a course is beyond me?

If you want to save time and money you could download this free book and read it on the train on the way home.

http://bookboon.com/en/business/management-ebooks/successful-time-management?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=004&utm_campaign=20120215-english-non-students

PS: Does anyone have any evidence of Time Management training in a company that isn't using government money?

PPS: Has anyone been on the receiving end of Time management Training? How was it for you? Tell us what you learned that you didn't know before?

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By Rus Slater
20th Feb 2012 12:08

The major problem with "time management" is the name.....only The Doctor can actually manage time and even he refers to  it as a "wibbly, wobbly ball of timey, wimey stuff".

'Time Management' is actually about improving your personal effectiveness and getting things done. Some time management courses fail simply because they chunter through a series of tips and hints that don't suit everyone and aren't appropriate to everyone.

In answer to Steve's question (which is perfectly legitimate) of how much time do you spend on a Time Management course.....I ran one specific mini event "Getting More Done by Dealing With Distractions", I ran this via a virtual classroom so the attendees didn't have to travel or turn up at a venue.  It was a two X one hour online session that the delegates found to be very beneficial in learning ways to manage the things that stopped them from being as productive as they could be. 

 

Rus

www.coach-and-courses.com

 

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By Dominic Andrew
29th Feb 2012 13:48

Based on the education of the experience of countless time management trainees - yes there is a demand - we have a free resource 116 ideas for managing your time/fighting the time bandits

We ask participants to choose 5 at the end of a course and then receive from us three months a stamped addressed envelope telling us if they used them,when,how and why etc.

More details if you want the booklet - [email protected]

Dominic

QED Training qedworks.com

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Steve
By SteveRobson
29th Feb 2012 13:57

928 people have read this now.

Surely at least one of them has been on the receiving end of TM training and not just delivered it?

I really would like to know what "you" learned...not what the Trainers of this subject are telling us on here...

 

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By Dominic Andrew
29th Feb 2012 14:06

And all the 900 plus HAD time to read it!!!

Hmmm -

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Steve
By SteveRobson
29th Feb 2012 14:19

Its quite a simple question and not meant to be provocotive.

I have never been on a Time Management course and have never met anyone who has...

Please let me know what you learned on your Time Management Course? (Trainers need not answer)

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By andrewjacobs
25th Sep 2012 15:03

I get a pingback almost daily on this article to my blog; and still no-one can answer Steve's question?

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