We spend time as a way of maximising the rewards we receive from life.

Our natural desire for recognition and satisfaction causes us to move through a sequence of behaviours which provide the most satisfying outcomes for us, but not necessarily for our work or families.

Good work and time management is not just about learning a set of techniques it is also about understanding ourselves and how best we work.

One example of this is time in planning which can be spent in many ways:

  1. We may be amongst a group of people in a meeting making decisions and  not be participating
  2. We may be at our work station thinking or just day dreaming

In any of these cases we mentally withdraw and are simply passing time.

All of us need time alone and time with others. We need to understand this balance.  Space away from people gives us a chance to think, relax and recharge our batteries: however individuals who spend a lot of time planning may be perceived by others as avoiding work or even unfriendly. The danger for many of us is we spend all our time in work activities and feel we are event driven.

Either way we feel like a victim of time. These are just two of the ways we may spend our time and there five others.

Our approach aims to help you be more open about the ways you use time, explore your needs, refine your role and can get closer to the perfect balance for you.

Once delegates have defined their expectations they will be asked to monitor their use of time over the next two weeks. We will then produce a report on how they used their time.

The time management framework shows the formal processes which can be used to develop control of your time. The workshop will explore these and suggest ways of managing time in the day to day routine of interpreting priorities and monitoring demands.

Participants will then be asked to return a simple time log three weeks after the course. We will then produce a report on how they have used their time. This can be discussed in a review with their manager.

The core to managing time is to raise awareness of, and to encourage a dialogue about, the use of time as part of the daily business of working life.

It is a matter of both defining expectations and planning activities to balance your work demands with your personal needs.


  • Learn about a simple model of time which will help delegates assess where they might most effectively spend their energy and time.
  • Consider and practice using tactics such as planning your day, saying no, etc.
  • Prepare an action plan for managing your resources more effectively.


  1. An understanding of the 8 ways in which we can spend our time.
  2. A chance to reflect on, and reconsider how, you spend your time.
  3. An understanding of the balance you require in your work and your life.
  4. An opportunity to set your new resolutions for managing your time.
  5. Less stress in the future.