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Personal Productivity Improvement

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Business professionals know how difficult it can be to juggle multiple tasks, and often deal with an influx of paperwork and requests each day. When the workday begins, it can be challenging to know where to start, and employees often become overwhelmed. A major contributor to these feelings can be a disorganized workspace. If you work in a state of chaos, your mind will follow. By becoming more organized, you can also become more productive and avoid procrastination. This course provides business professionals with the information they need to implement positive changes in their working space. It addresses the overwhelming nature of tackling a space that's piled-high with paper, has a disorganized physical or digital filing system, or is overrun with e-mails. You'll begin the process one small area at a time until they have created a well-functioning, productive workspace. Once this is achieved, you'll also be reminded that workspace management is an ongoing process, rather than an event - that is, improvements must be maintained.
  • recognize how you can benefit from managing your workspace effectively
  • apply the process for creating a clutter-free workspace in a given scenario
  • recognize the principles of effective filing
  • recognize techniques for managing digital files
  • manage your e-mail in a given scenario
  • recognize how to maintain a productive workspace
How is organization related to procrastination? In fact, the two often go hand in hand. A lack of organization, coupled with a tendency to procrastinate, can be a vicious cycle. Becoming disciplined, setting priorities, and eradicating time-wasting activities can reduce the desire to put things off. The key to becoming your most productive self is to embrace organization and to overcome procrastination. This course introduces you to ways of becoming organized to help you accomplish more with the hours you have. It examines the common reasons for procrastination and ways you can overcome them in the workplace. Overcoming the desire to procrastinate can be aided by implementing a strong system of organization. The course presents ways to develop the discipline required to get things done, guidance on setting priorities, as well as approaches to overcommitment.
  • recognize the causes of workplace procrastination
  • recognize the benefits of overcoming procrastination
  • recognize ways to develop discipline in a given scenario
  • address time-wasting activities in a given scenario
  • recognize how to set priorities and keep focused
  • say "no" and avoid overcommitment in a given scenario
Do highly productive people have some innate skill that others do not? Or do people become productive because of their choices and actions? This course teaches that anyone can be productive if they choose to be – and follow it up with action. People tend to become less productive when faced with major projects, often feeling overwhelmed or unable to complete what's required of them. This course examines task management and 'chunking' and how they can help workloads seem much less overwhelming. It also looks at how to determine which are priority tasks and which are nonessential. And it examines the importance of scheduling and detailing schedule items using a to-do list. Taking time to create a schedule at the start will save you time and energy in the long run. And knowing how to properly use a to-do list can help maximize personal productivity.
  • assess your time and set your priorities in a given scenario
  • recognize how to chunk your time
  • recognize the basic principles of scheduling
  • analyze the use of a to-do list in a given scenario

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