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Time Management – help needed


Hi All

Am in need of a little help

Am delivering a time management exercise and am looking for an exercise to help delegates understand the importance of prioritisation. I've got and have delivered material on the "not important/urgent" matrix.

Am looking for something a little fresher

Can anyone help?

Many thanks in advance


4 Responses

  1. Do it Tomorrow

    You might want to consider Mark Forster’s excellent book Do It Tomorrow. 

    He challenges the idea of prioritising based on the urgent/important and that people develop a ‘will do’ list (what you can actually do in a day) rather than a ‘to do’ list (which is too long, idealistic and never gets completed).

    His challenging concept of Do It Tomorrow is definitely worth a read and ponder. I’ve used this for many of my time management workshops.


  2. Smarties do the trick


    I used the ‘blue smartie’ exercise successfully for a time management course. 

    The exercise was a quiz on the subject of time, with the group split into two teams. 

    The winning team got to select their ‘prizes’. 

    I had a slide of prizes ranging from a box of chocolates to a luxury house, and different levels in between.  I also had a bag containing the same number of smarties as prizes. 

    Each member of the winning team had to select a smartie before they could choose a prize.  The trick was that if they picked the blue smartie, it was over – no more prizes.

    The idea was that they would choose the prizes of highest value first in case that was the last one they could choose.  The same with prioritising tasks – do the one that’s of most value to you first.  The question of what is most value is a separate, and interesting discussion.

    Hope that helps


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