How to Improve Life and Time Management
12/19/2010Dr. Mac McGuire is an instructor with CIE’s Professional Development Center (PDC) and has been teaching at the university for over 21 years. He leads a valuable workshop called “Effective Life and Time Management" designed to help attendees self-evaluate where they are in relationship to creating a satisfying work/life balance. By utilizing the tools and techniques taught in this workshop, participants can address what they need to do to make positive life changes.
“How can we work deliberately and intentionally on our work and life balance?,” asks Mac. “It’s a question we all struggle with. We all know that we need to do this and, thankfully, there are methods for accomplishing this goal.”
This class includes discussions about the following topics:
- Are you a workaholic? Are you constantly doing extra work? Some of the danger signs include: working weekends, nights, and holidays. If you do this, then the extra work you’re putting in becomes an expectation of you. Instead, you should consult with your supervisor on identifying the priorities of your office and then concentrate on that work.
- Do you find it difficult to do nothing or even have fun?Many researchers say we must find time to do something that we enjoy or even just do nothing. We must get a good six hours of sleep to be fully functional in the a.m.
- Are you measuring your life? When we measure our life, our daily work, and our current path, we have the ability to make changes which will lead to more positive outcomes and perhaps a better future. Do you have a plan for success at work with well-defined goals? Goals at work and at home are required and they MUST be in writing to be effective. We must begin each day with the goal in sight and deliberately work toward accomplishment. Measure your week, observe your habits, keep experimenting, look for new challenges and develop mentors who can assist you in achieving your goals.
- Schedule your “down time.”Renew yourself and find new reservoirs of creativity and understanding by going to a movie, reading a book, or learning a new skill.
Toward the end of the seminar, Dr. McGuire lays out his Personal Strategic Life Planning model for participants to develop their own personal strategic plan. Your personal strategic plan is your roadmap for success at work, at home, and with your loved ones. This plan includes measuring goals and milestones from the present to 10 or 15 years in the future.
Other topics in the class deal with meeting management, rules for “followership,” and the impact of stress on your life/health.
Register today for “Effective Life and Time Management.”