The Benefits of Being Able to Manage Yourself Effectively in Relation to Time

Why is being able to manage yourself effectively in relation to time important?

Taking responsibility and being able to manage yourself effectively in relation to time is empowering.

Taking responsibility and being able to manage yourself effectively in relation to time allows you to accomplish more at work and, as a result, be more successful in your career

People who take responsibility and manage themselves effectively in relation to time experience less ‘stress’ and are therefore happier.

 People who take responsibility and manage themselves effectively in relation to time have a comfortable work-life balance and have more time for what they consider to be important



Time Management or Self Management?


Our effectiveness at work, and ultimately our success at work, is largely governed by our ability to manage time. As a manager it is your responsibility to lead by example, to be a model of excellence, so that those you lead can model your behaviors and in so doing improve their own performance. The purpose this article is to

1)   explore how you manage time and the state of overwhelm that results when you have too much to do / are ‘time pressured’

2)   equip you with tools and strategies so that you can manage time and the state of overwhelm, or yourself, more effectively.

Which aspects of the following – the ability to manage time and overwhelm – are you keen to develop?

The ability to manage time and overwhelm effectively can come down to preparation through education and training.

1.Time Management or Self-Management?

Do you, or anybody you know, feel that you, or they, have too much time? 

All of us, it seems, would like to be able to squeeze more hours out of a day.  Consequently we study time management strategies and creative scheduling techniques. We try to figure out how to do two things at once or multi task.

And yet, NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE OR WHAT YOU DO, there will only ever be 24 hours in a day, no more, no less. The notion of managing time is therefore a non-starter. All you can do is manage yourself effectively in relation to time, and that means learning to make better choices about how you spend it.

time is a limited commodity

Most importantly, we tend to lose sight of the fact:

 once time has gone, you can never get it back

‘Time’ Management


i. Workshop Outline

This workshop is designed to equip participants, in particular, new managers, with basic tools to manage time effectively. It will address the following topics:

  • The features of effective ‘Time’ Management;
  • The features of Overload;
  • Overwhelm and its specific message;
  • The benefits of being able to manage yourself effectively in relation to time;
  • Tools and strategies for managing yourself effectively in relation to time;
  • Prioritising, planning, and delegating
  • Tools and strategies for handling overwhelm effectively;

ii. Timetable of Sessions

This workshop is one day in duration, separated into six topics.

Duration  Title
45 mins 1. ‘Time’ Management or Self-Management?
30 mins 2.  Overload and Overwhelm
15 mins 3.   The benefits of being able to manage your   ‘time’ effectively
1.5 hours 4.    Exploring your relationship with timea) How much time do you need?b) How much time do you have left?c) How do you want to spend the time you have   left?
3.5 hours 5. Thriving in a fast-paced, challenging   environment:a) Time Journalsb) Taking control of your work dayThe challenge of prioritisingHow to prioritise, plan and delegate

How to manage overwhelm effectively

30 mins 6. Initial Process of Embedding: The Daily Practice of ‘Self’ Management

iii. Format

This workshop is designed by Pam Rigden, the drafter having over ten years’ experience in the presentation, facilitation and design of workshops, seminars and learning programs. The workshop and proposed ongoing learning initiatives are based on principles outlined in:

  • Principles, tools and strategies of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP). The drafter has certifications in both NLP and Master Practitioner of NLP (attached to the Tender); and
  • Susi Strang’s ‘Trainer’s Training Certification’ which focuses on heightening learning through interactive methodology.

Overall, this workshop follows the ‘4-mat system’ of:

(i)          defining the principle (what);

(ii)         why it is important to participants (why);

(iii)        clear and demonstrated tools and strategies (how); and

(iv)       participants’ interaction and questioning (what if).

Key concepts and tools are outlined in handouts, for ease of reference for participants both during the workshop and for their ongoing development.

This workshop is highly interactive and contains relatively few PowerPoint (instances where PowerPoint is used are noted throughout these notes). Careful consideration was given to the amount of handouts that will be distributed to participants, given environmental considerations.

iv. References



The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Hyperion, 2008

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Free Press, 1990

The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszenmihalyi

Harper Perrenial, 1991

Anthony Robbins Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins

Free Press, 1992

Training & Training Publications:

NLP Trainer’s Training Certification

Manual, Susi Strang and Associates, 2003

NLP Master Practitioner Certification Training

Manual, Susi Strang and Associates, 2008


 Time Management

Bad Day at the Office

The Value of Time


Randy Pausch Wikipedia 

v. Key

The trainer’s notes contain a detailed outline of the content and format of this workshop. The workshop consists of handouts, examples/stories, important concepts, activities and tools/strategies designed to fulfill individual learning needs of the participants.






NB The Trainer’s Notes for this 1 Day Time Management Workshop will be available for sale in September.