- Identify what personal efficiency is, what skill sets can improve your personal productivity, and what attitudes we should cultivate
- Explain why multi-tasking is a myth
- Describe what role long-term goals play in short-term efficiency
- Share a personal vision and develop dreams and goals from it
- Apply the 80/20 rule and learn how it should affect planning
- Identify the characteristics of a good organizational system
- Develop a plan for an efficient workspace, including a customized information center and a filing system
- Apply a system that will allow you to process any type of information that crosses your desk, including e-mail, electronic files, paper files, voice mail, text messages, and drop-in visitors
- Use the Eisenhower principle to prioritize work
- Say no
- Use routines to simplify your life
- Understand why you procrastinate and develop methods for tackling tasks
- Apply ideas and tools to make your household more productive and efficient
You will spend the first part of the day getting to know participants and discussing what will take place during the workshop. Students will also have an opportunity to identify their personal learning objectives.
Understanding Personal Efficiency
To start, participants will explore what personal productivity means to them and others, and what it might feel like. We’ll also discuss how personal productivity is similar to (and different from) basic time management.
Developing the Right Attitude
This session will give participants some useful attitudes to cultivate and some skills that they might want to work on. You will also discuss why multi-tasking is a myth.
Laying the Foundation
Your daily and weekly task lists are in fact only the tip of your personal to-do list. This session will show participants how to create a strong foundation for their daily plan: a vision statement, dreams, and goals.
The Building Blocks of a Good Organizational System
After the lunch break, participants will brainstorm a list of characteristics of a good organizational system. You will also explore Pareto’s principle, also known as the 80/20 rule.
Creating the Right Environment
This session will focus on how to purge a workspace, design it for efficiency, and re-organize it. We will also introduce our filing system and our daily information management system: the incubator.
Setting Up Your Virtual Environment
Next, we will take a closer look at organizing electronic files and e-mail.
Setting up Your Information Management Center
Am overview of the four components of an information management center: calendar, to-do lists, communications log, and project notebook. To reinforce learning, participants will review three case studies and then create their own.
Managing Information in Six Easy Steps
This session will introduce the GOPHER model of handling information. Participants will then apply the knowledge to a case study.
Prioritizing Your Tasks
Next, participants will learn how to prioritize work with the Eisenhower principle, also known as the urgent-important matrix.
In this session, participants will explore different ways of saying no.
Participants will discover the importance of routine through an exercise and a large group discussion.
Stopping Procrastination Now (Not Later!)
This session will give participants some ways to tackle those tasks that they have been putting off. Participants will also complete a Challenge to Change.
Applying Our Lessons at Home
The final session of this workshop will give participants to organize key areas at home, including chores, exercise, and meals.
At the end of the course, students will have an opportunity to ask questions and fill out an
In Person Training
The traditional classroom style of training remains our Most Popular and Most Requested format. On-site training provides participants with an in-person facilitator who will work directly with the team, whether for a single training session or a training series. The Mainstream team will craft and tailor your experience to ensure that your training session is specific, relevant and unique to your audience while meeting your learning objectives. Why settle for ‘pre-formatted, pre-scripted, one-size fits all’ training programs, when our team is able to customize a program that is just right for you? We know that every team has unique learning needs, situations and that they come from a variety of industries, each having unique customer needs and demands. Our programs can be scaled to accommodate time restraints, unique learning needs and even industry or company nuances and barriers.
Don’t settle for a program that gives you almost what you need; our team wants to give you Exactly what you need.
Delivering traditional onsite training results …virtually!
We’ve officially changed the rules and redefined what is possible in the world of soft skills learning. Our unique technology, accompanied by honed delivery methodology, have successfully replicated the traditional classroom-style training environment, allowing it to exist online.
Most online training solutions limit participants’ responses to keystrokes or to single person conversations because -with inferior technology- group discussions become distorted and confusing to follow. Our Virtual Room has eliminated those barriers and encourages learning through meaningful instructor feedback, skills modelling and engaging group discussion, without visual or audio distortion
The Virtual Room is for any organization seeking a flexible substitute to traditional onsite training; whether to lower costs, eliminate unnecessary travel or to simply ease the burden of demanding work schedules.
Lunch & Learn
A Lunch and Learn session is an onsite or virtual learning program with a facilitator-led session sharing valuable information and skills on an area of identified learning interest. It’s a great break away from a traditional training program, allowing your team the opportunity to learn while enjoying their lunch. Due to the limited time, the program focuses on specific learning concepts and skills. It is an interactive session that quickly targets and reveals learning objectives that are predetermined by the training organizer. Lunch & Learn sessions are also great as a training series, providing progressive learning programs for developing skills in a ‘bite-sized’ format.