Creating Healthy Productivity

+  Productive Office Fundamentals

Learn fundamental productivity skills that will help you function with greater ease and efficiency at work. Identify roadblocks, breakdowns, and bad habits, while developing skills and new habits that will promote efficiency and holistic productivity. COURSE OUTLINE AND OUTCOMES

OUTLINE

The training will include several hands-on exercises with specific application to your personal paper and email situations.

The training covers:

  • Managing Paper
    • Paper processing skills
    • Specific ideas for purging and organizing paper and files
    • Ways to manage paper-related action items
  • Controlling Email
    • Improve the quality of email being sent
    • Reduce the quantity of email being sent (and consequently, received)
    • Develop good email processing skills and habits
  • Creating A Robust Outlook Interface
    • Ways to process email more effectively, and reduce the amount of email in the inbox
    • Integrate the calendar and email functions
    • Use calendar in conjunction with paper management system for successful follow follow-up on tasks
    • Gain ways to effectively schedule meetings and tasks with others
    • Use color coding in Outlook programs to determine categories and priorities
    • Use flags and alerts to keep track of priorities
    • Use templates to respond to frequently asked questions
    • Use rules to help keep your inbox clear

OUTCOMES

  • Address two primary issues of lost productivity – paper and email – and provide skills, mechanical ideas, and habit change suggestions to help you gain control
  • Provide skills so that you can use Microsoft Outlook email management tool and calendar software as a robust, integrated tool for managing email, calendars, and tasks
  • Provide tools and skills to help you keep track of tasks and communication so that you may successfully complete projects and goals

+  Thinking About Thinking

This training can change your life. Using a brilliant system for understanding your brain’s inherent strengths, you will identify the “Thinking Talents” you have and how to utilize these talents to engage in activities for team building, improving productivity, and increasing energy. There is also an emphasis on activities that help engage both sides of the brain and how to mind map. COURSE OUTLINE AND OUTCOMES

OUTLINE

The training will:

  • Provide an introduction to thinking styles
  • Give participants a self-test to identify thinking styles
  • Discuss left-brain and right-brain thinking strengths and challenges
  • Provide exercises to enhance creativity and creative thinking
  • Introduce how to mind map as a tool for:- Planning- Goal setting- Problem solving- Generating ideas- Gaining clarity

OUTCOMES

  • Establish the benefits of whole-brain thinking to help you do what you do better, more creatively, and with greater flow and ease
  • Provide thinking skills and preferences related to the two hemispheres of the brain
  • Utilize the “Thinking Talents” cards to allow you to identify your own unique set of "Thinking Talents"
  • Provide insight into navigating through work based on how your brain works
  • Generate and organize ideas through the powerful tool of mind mapping
  • Manage ongoing projects through simple tools and systems

+  We've Got To Stop Meeting Like This!

Productive meetings clarified! Learn to overcome the 10 mistakes that make meetings one of your biggest time wasters. Cut meeting times in half with improved productivity and get twice as much done! COURSE OUTLINE AND OUTCOMES

OUTLINE

This training addresses the top ten 10 meeting mistakes, and includes worksheets and activities for practice in developing desired outcomes for meetings and meeting agendas. This training can also be done “live” in the setting of a real-time meeting. We will help in the process of planning the meeting, and then sit in and evaluate how the meeting progresses. Training can be provided in real-time or can be done before hand.

The training addresses the top 10 meeting mistakes and provides solutions for each one:

  1. Lack of purpose or desired outcome for the meeting
  2. Schedule the wrong kind of meeting
  3. Lack of decision making
  4. Lack of a good agenda
  5. No meeting roles assigned
  6. Meetings with no purpose and clarity
  7. Lack of creative participation
  8. No action items assigned
  9. Meetings end without clarity of the next steps
  10. Not following-through on action items

OUTCOMES

  • Reduce the amount of time wasted in meetings
  • Increase participation in meetings
  • Increase creative thinking in meetings
  • Provide skills for facilitating meetings more effectively
  • Ensure there is better follow-up on actions decided upon in meetings
  • Clarify decision making process in meetings
  • Create better agendas and minutes

+  Time For What Matters

Increase your time management skills to accomplish tasks, priorities, and goals with less stress, while keeping an eye on a healthy personal life. You will discover ways to overcome self-defeating behaviors like chronic multitasking and procrastination, and learn to identify and focus on your highest priorities. COURSE OUTLINE AND OUTCOMES

OUTLINE

Mission & Vision

Create your Personal Mission as a touchstone for why you are doing what you do, asking:

  • What are you doing?
  • Why are you doing it?
  • Who are you doing it for?

Goals

  • What are you doing?
  • How are you going to do it?
  • When will you do it?

Time & Priorities

  • Use the 80/20 rule to establish and accomplish priorities
  • Establish what is urgent and what is important in your work
  • Gain strategies for time management to reduce stress and accomplish tasks

Self-Defeating Behaviors

  • Manage interruptions
  • Reduce multitasking
  • Overcome procrastination

OUTCOMES

  • Connect you to your values and mission as a way to make conscious choices about how you are spending your time
  • Help you focus your time and attention on the people and activities that matter most
  • Reduce stress by providing tools for effective priority and time management
  • Train you on the importance of protected time for establishing priorities
  • Provide ways to help you overcome procrastination

+  Creating Order and Simplicity

The missing component for most people when they attempt to get organized isn't containers, but a system. This logical, easy-to-follow system uses a methodology that will help you to declutter the past and organize for the present. You will gain space to move, think, breathe, and create. COURSE OUTLINE AND OUTCOMES

OUTLINE

The training covers:

  • Discussions on the reasons behind getting organized
  • Creating a vision for the space of your dreams
  • Discussion of the role of the brain in organization and productivity
  • A self-assessment of individual styles
  • Explanation of the OrderWithin system to help people you sort, purge, and organize paper and stuff
  • Basic organizing principles
  • Review ways to reduce clutter
  • Discussion of how to get rid of stuff
  • Ideas for encouraging each other to stay motivated

OUTCOMES

  • Think and communicate about your challenges and best practices for organization
  • Make small and sustainable changes toward the kind of “functional organization” you desire
  • Learn the OrderWithin simple system for organizing anything – at work or home
  • Gain guidelines to help you declutter
  • Learn different organizing styles and preferences, and identify your unique organizing style
  • Provide ideas on organizing, based on your personal thinking styles and preferences