Clarifying Priorities for Productivity

One of the biggest barriers to productivity is a lack of clarity on priorities. Without this clarity, people are prone to distraction, procrastination, and falling prey to the “squeaky wheel” system of prioritization. This module provides participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to set effective priorities and avoid the distractions that keep them from staying focused on these priorities in their day-to-day work.

Instructional Objectives:

This course provides participants with an understanding of the foundations for effective prioritization in their work, life and business. It covers the following topics:
  • The Pareto Principle and how this links to determining priorities;
  • The Four Quadrants Method of identifying priorities;
  • How core values impact prioritization;
  • How business crises and personality style and sidetrack priorities;
  • The importance of clarifying business purpose and vision to stay focused on the priorities that will have the greatest positive impact on business growth;
  • Common ways that people distract themselves from their priorities and how to prevent them (Pomodoro technique, e-mail response protocols, setting boundaries, protecting your space); and
  • Tips for managing other people (customers, employees, co-workers) who distract you from your priorities (basic communication and delegation techniques).

Measurable Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the session, participants will have the skills and knowledge to:
  • Have clarity on the key priorities they need to focus on in order to be more successful and productive in both their role and the business;
  • Be better able to stay focused on their top priorities;
  • Be better able to avoid distracting themselves from their top priorities;
  • Have improved ability to communicate their priorities to others; and
  • Be better able to prevent other people from distracting them from their priorities.

Assessement Methods:

Our instructors are continuously assessing the student’s comprehension and ability to apply their learning through assignments, case studies, and interactive classroom activities that check for understanding. This is crucial in today’s fast-paced business environment as each new skill participants not only learn, but are able to apply in the workplace will have a huge positive impact on the business’s ability to thrive. Unlike structured public courses at colleges and universities that provide more general knowledge and must follow a rigid timeline, our on-site group training format allows our instructors to take the time to ensure that participants are able to take the skills and knowledge they gain in class and apply it to their unique situation to get the results they want in their work and business. We assess the student’s learning and progress using the following methods:

  • Application assignments for in between each training session to apply what was learned in their role in the business. (These assignments are sent in to the instructor in between each session so that the instructor can review them and provide further feedback if the student has not completed the assignment correctly.)
  • Interactive exercises, questions and discussion during the training sessions to ensure that the student understands how to apply the concepts in their role and/or business.
  • Student self-evaluation of their learning at the beginning and end of the program. (This is a brief 5 minute paper survey that the student takes at the beginning and end of each module to provide them with a measure of the knowledge they have gained from the training).
  • (Note: Our instructors are always available via phone and e-mail in-between training sessions should students need assistance with their assignments. This ensures that students are able to complete assignments and be fully prepared to build on their learning in the next session.)

This program builds competencies in the following areas:

Duration: 4 Hours

Format: Entrepreneur Training