Personal Effectiveness Cards™| Time Management Training Activity

Empower delegates to manage their time 20% more effectively. Raise awareness and transform attitudes.

Learning Objectives

  • to be aware of one’s job description
  • the need for a daily plan
  • the need for clear objectives in your workload
  • the importance of establishing priorities
  • learning to say “No!”
  • avoiding procrastination
  • identifying time-wasting activities

Five-Year Repeat Use Licence

This Northgate training activity comes with a five-year licence for repeat use with up to 18 participants per training session within the licence-holding organisation. Please ask for a discount for use with larger groups. Also includes access to the Northgate Trainerhub (see below for details).

  • Participants

    Up to 3 teams of 3-6 per team

  • Timing

    30 - 50 minutes + debrief

  • Uses a computer?

    Not required

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The Activity

In small groups, simply work through a set of 30 cards, discuss the issues raised and reach a conclusion.

The cards will help you all to analyse the way you use that precious commodity, time. Do you know exactly what you are supposed to be doing each day? Do you plan ahead properly? Are you aware of your ingrained time-wasting activities? Others cards will probe your organisation's approach to time management planning, individual responsibility and level of efficiency. Other cards give you specific tasks to do - all related to your use of time and personal effectiveness at work.

Be honest! You may uncover some unpalatable facts but it’s all with good humour and you won’t be alone! Leave with down-to-earth tips, techniques and simple rules you can easily practice back at work to make your time go further.

Trainer's Role

  • Divide participants into teams.
  • Issue each team with a set of the 30 unique cards.
  • Observe teams at work.
  • Issue Action Plans for completion.
  • Lead a Debrief on the key learning points.
  • Full debrief notes are supplied and the handouts are provided digitally for easy copying.

Pack Contents

  • Trainer’s Notes
  • Handout 1 - Key Points
  • Handout 2 - Short-Term Action Plan
  • Handout 3 - Long-Term Action Plan
  • Sets of 30 Cards

This activity is for face-to-face classroom use. It is supplied as a hard copy pack and the digital files are supplied via the Northgate Trainerhub.

Northgate Trainerhub

Benefits of the online Northgate Trainerhub include:

  • Easy-to-access resource library which stores all the digital files for the activity in one place
  • Immediate access to upgrades made to the activity over the five-year licence term
  • Access to an online Trainer Forum where you can post questions, share experiences & network with other Trainers
  • Access to free activities and icebreakers
  • Unlimited Trainer logins for all Trainers based at the licence-holding site

The cards stimulated some fantastic discussions about real situations that staff currently face. The debrief was able to consolidate these ideas for the whole team, providing solutions to take back to the workplace.

Wendy Pollitt, Romec

Another top product from Northgate! I've used these 'Personal Effectiveness Cards' a number of times with managers and have obtained excellent results. Positive improvements in effectiveness all round.

Barry Goodall, MD, Dark Blue Training & Development

Used for time management – in a half day course. The 'Personal Effectiveness Cards' address all learning styles. It's not just a 'here’s how to do it' session - it generates discussion and thought processes from participants.

Sarah Devenish, Service Delivery Manager, Total Gas & Power UK

Lively, thought-provoking. I use the 'Personal Effectiveness Cards' activity as part of either a Time Management Course or a Managing for Effectiveness Programme with team leaders and middle managers. The best learning points are self awareness, sharing 'good' ideas, and a different approach. A quick and easy way to help people consider their current practices and identify ways they can improve. I think Northgate products are great – I’ve not bought one that doesn’t work yet – thank you.

Susannah Hopwood, Consultant, Summerfield Sanders

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