Time management training courses are only truly valuable if the taught skills are applied by participants. Learning and development leads charged with overseeing a company’s training are always asking, regardless of industry or company size:
Will training participants use the learnt skills on the job?
If so, for how long?
The key to noticeable and lasting time management improvements relies on two critical elements: personal coaching and ongoing support.
It is simply not enough to have a generic learning module or an online platform where people can complete steps at their own pace. For people to retain new concepts, they need customised instruction that is meaningful to them. For employees to transform an act into a habit, they need ongoing guidance.
Customised Strategy: Tailored 1-1 Coaching
One of the key benefits of coaching coupled with time management training is the ability to create customised strategies. Every individual and team has different habits, routines, and preferences, and a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching time management is not an effective way to instil habits. 1-1 Coaching allows for the assessment of specific needs, goals and challenges, and the development of a tailored time management plan.
A quality time management training provider is more than an in-classroom instructor; they are also a coach.
They work closely with clients to understand their unique circumstances, including workflows, deliverables and preferences. This personalised approach ensures that the time management strategies provided are realistic and sustainable. It also allows for the incorporation of an individual or group’s strengths and weaknesses into the plan, maximising the chances of success.
The Priority Management Difference: Priority Management partners with our clients in developing a fully customised learning program aligned with the client’s exact workflow, strengths and weaknesses. This collaboration begins long before in-class or virtual instruction. We also work with teams during the training to hone best practices and guidelines that are most advantageous for the working group. All of this work - our client partnership and content curation - is geared towards one goal: lasting behavioural improvements.
Feedback for Continuous Improvements
A structured follow-up process in time management training establishes feedback loops that offer trainees a stream of input on their time management practices. Time management training follow-up in the form of feedback serves three important ends:
Creating a Habit - These feedback loops serve as an invaluable mechanism for refining and adapting their habits over time. Instead of viewing time management training as a one-time event, feedback loops encourage trainees to perceive it as an ongoing journey of self-improvement. This perspective underscores that time management is not a static set of rules but a dynamic skill that can be honed and perfected over time.
Motivating and Confirming - Feedback emerges as a potent motivator. Positive feedback provides a confidence boost to trainees, reinforcing the notion that their diligent efforts are yielding productive results. On the other hand, constructive feedback, while addressing areas in need of improvement, offers a clear and actionable path forward. This form of feedback prevents trainees from feeling overwhelmed by the challenges they encounter, as it outlines concrete steps to overcome them.
Measuring Progress - The importance of feedback loops further extends to the measurement of progress over time. Trainees can systematically assess and compare their current time management skills and habits with the baseline they established at the outset of their training. This comparison acts as tangible evidence of the training's effectiveness, highlighting the strides they have made. As they observe this measurable progress, it becomes a powerful reinforcement of the significance of their ongoing efforts and commitment to honing their time management skills.
The Priority Management Difference: Our instructors provide the ongoing feedback and follow-up that is so critical to creating habits. We provide personalised coaching at any time after the initial training to ensure lessons are fully understood and applied. This support is a fantastic motivator for the team, and helps shape long-term success. Instructors can also work with team leads in creating a continuous improvement protocol for internal assessment and refinement. Finally, we also provide an Impact Report to every client that measures productivity and time-saving gains in key metrics a few months after training. This report calculates how much time is saved on specific tasks and provides an ROI for your training.
Lasting Improvements the Priority Management Way
Priority Management has over forty years of experience providing time management training to organisations around the world. Each training module is customised for maximum impact. We provide crucial coaching and ongoing support as a follow-up so positive habits are formed and last. Learn for yourself why so many companies count on us to develop measurable and enduring improvements that transform their workforce.
Priority Management is a worldwide training company with 55 offices in 15 countries. We have successfully trained more than two million graduates in Priority workshops. Our programs help companies and people be more effective and manage their workflow in and out of the office by providing tools, processes and discipline. Simply put - A Better Way To Work! Clients range from Fortune 500 companies, small-to-medium businesses and government/military employees.
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This blog has been sourced by Priority Management International and edited by Priority Management London.