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In today's highly pressurized workplaces there is much to be gained by developing our knowledge, skills and confidence in relation to time and workload management. This course, equivalent to a full-day's continuous professional development, provides opportunities to learn how to manage our pressures as effectively as possible.
The course, presented and developed by author, Dr Neil Thompson, is based on four principles of Time and Workload Management:
·Too much work is too much work Trying to do more than we reasonably can is unhelpful. If we are overloaded we need to think strategically about how we can deal with the situation, rather than simply work faster or harder.
·Managing energy as well as time How much work we can get done in a given amount of time will depend on levels of motivation and morale, so these are important factors to consider.
·Skills not qualities No one is born well organised or focused; these are skills we can learn, skills that can be developed over time.
·Investing time to save time Not taking time to think, plan, analyse and get a sense of control is a serious but sadly not uncommon mistake.
Divided into six main lessons, the course provides a clear and helpful introduction to this important subject matter and offers an excellent foundation for developing your knowledge, skills and confidence in tackling the challenges of managing a heavy workload.
This course will help you to feel more confident in making sure that your workload pressures remain within manageable limits so that you can keep stress at bay.
The course has been designed to be flexible so that you can dip into it when it suits you within your busy schedule. In keeping with one of the important lessons put forward by this course, the time invested in it will be handsomely repaid by greater confidence in managing your pressures efficiently and effectively.
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|Section 1: Introduction|
In this introductory section you will find an overview of this e-learning module to help set the scene for what is to come. Once you have read it you will be invited to watch the introductory video. You will also need to download and print out your Module Companion E-book, as you will need this to make notes about your learning and to complete the exercises that are an essential part of the course. Click 'Welcome and Introduction' above to get started.
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|Section 2: Lesson One: Why it is important to get it right|
|Lecture 4||4 pages|
This first lesson examines in some detail why it is so important to develop our time and workload management skills and the price we pay for not doing so. Click 'Why it is Important to Get it Right' above when you are ready to start.
|Section 3: Lesson Two: Too much work is too much work|
Lesson Two IntroductionPreview
Lesson 2.2: Stop rushing
Lesson 2.3: Don't be a perfectionist
Lesson 2.4: Use lists
Lesson 2.5: Be assertive
Lesson 2.6: Delegate
Lesson 2.7: Press the right buttons
Lesson 2.8: Take breaks
Lesson 2.9: Be creative
Lesson 2.10: Manage your workload; don't let it manage you
|Section 4: Lesson Three: Managing energy as well as time|
|Lecture 15||14 pages|
This lesson explores the importance of motivation and morale as key factors in shaping how well we manage the demands made on us. Click 'Principle 2: Managing Energy as Well as Time' above when you are ready to start.
|Section 5: Lesson Four: Skills not qualities|
|Lecture 16||12 pages|
Lesson 4 shows how important it is to recognise that we can all learn to improve our time and workload management skills.
|Section 6: Lesson Five: Investing time to save time|
Lesson 5.1: The importance of control
Lesson 5.2: Use meetings effectively
Lesson 5.3: The 80/20 rule
Lesson 5.4: Develop teamwork
Lesson 5.5: The right person for the job
Lesson 5-6: A change is as good as a rest
Lesson 5.7: Address problems
Lesson 5.8: Reflective practice
Lesson 5.9: Spirituality
Lesson 5.10: Personal renewal
|Section 7: Lesson Six: Putting the principles into practice|
|Lecture 27||1 page|
Lesson 6 provides a short conclusion.
|Section 8: Conclusion|
Dr Neil Thompson is an independent writer, educator and adviser based in Wales. He has held full or honorary professorships at four UK universities. He is a well-published author with over 200 publications to his name, including 33 books, several of which are bestsellers. He has been a speaker at conferences in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Norway, the Netherlands, Greece, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Hong Kong, India, the United States, Canada and Australia.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society of Arts, and a board member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement. He was formerly the editor of the US-based international journal, Illness, Crisis & Loss and now edits the free e-zine, THE humansolutions BULLETIN. His main interests are in the field of well-being: equality and diversity; conflict management; stress; loss, grief and trauma; and reflective practice. He is a sought-after conference speaker, consultant and facilitator.