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Personal Effectiveness Training

What is personal effectiveness? It means optimizing all the resources you have at your disposal – your talents, skills, strengths, energy, and time – to enable you to achieve your goals at work and in life.

Most people aspire to reach their full potential, to do their jobs to the best of their ability, and in an efficient and productive manner. However, most people also have to address certain barriers in order to do this. These barriers are often personal and can be explained by a lack of skills, motivation, or confidence.

It means something different to everyone

Personal effectiveness means something entirely different for everyone, as everyone has different goals and priorities to work towards, and different challenges and obstacles to overcome. A coach needs to develop excellent listening and questioning skills. A salesperson may need to get better at networking and negotiating. An administrator may need the ability to manage conflicting demands and prioritize their work effectively.

It all starts with the insight that comes from reflection. The key is to first identify what you want to achieve in the short and the long term – your personal and professional goals – and then create a pathway that will enable you to get there. What is holding you back? What new skills do you need to acquire? What existing skills can be further developed? What kind of mindset will be most helpful? What do you need to learn? What behavior do you need to change? What resources and support do you need?

The final step is to decide how to invest your time and effort in your personal development in order to get the best return on all your efforts. Continuous learning is a key component of improving your personal effectiveness.

Taking strides to improve your personal effectiveness benefits you and everyone around you by helping you to be your best self.

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Rethinking Your Working Rhythm

As we are all working more virtually as part of the new normal, there is an opportunity to rethink how to organize your day to help boost your energy levels and creativity.

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Time Management

Good time management is about having a good day: one where you feel you’ve been effective, efficient, made a difference, and achieved what you set out to do.

In one survey, 51% of respondents admitted to having at least one bad day at work a week. The main reasons were feeling unappreciated and having an unrealistic workload. 

So what is a good day? In the same survey, 63% said it was the feeling they’d done their work well, and 46% said it was meeting their targets.

So great time managers are not only more successful and more productive, but they also feel a greater sense of satisfaction at the end of each day. Being more efficient with our time also gives us more time to spend on the things we enjoy most and with the people we love. We, therefore, need to program our mindset to be more productive and purposeful by focusing our time, attention, and energy on the right activities doing them at the right time and in the right way.

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Rethinking Your

Working Rhythm

As more and more people are working remotely and without the usual change of physical context between home and work life, boundaries can become blurred, energy levels can dip, and roles and priorities can become confused. Put all of these factors together, and the likely result is a decrease in productivity and motivation.

It’s often useful to stop and rethink your working rhythm and how best to structure your time to maintain momentum, creativity, and efficiency. Most people have a natural rhythm when they do their most focused work, when they prefer to have meetings, and when they are able to make space for creative thinking and forward planning. 

It may take some experimentation to discover what works best for each person. The daily demands of work and other people’s timetables and expectations may not always align with individual preferences; but it’s helpful to have a general sense of the daily and weekly rhythm that most supports your energy, interests, and goals – with the expectation that your routine will need to be adapted, adjusted and amended as necessary.

There is no one right formula to having a great day, but getting into the right mindset and doing some mental preparation can really help. Don’t just drift into each day, start by defining a clear intent for what you aim to achieve, and a set of priorities aligned to that. To make this positive intention even stronger you also need to align your attitude: set aside unhelpful assumptions, check what negative expectations you are carrying, and reframe your mindset to be more constructive and positive. Start the day in a bad mood and there’s every chance you’ll go on to notice every potential source of aggravation - while ignoring a lot of the good stuff around you.

Getting into the right daily rhythm can create both the order and flexibility you need for your work and time to flow in harmony.

Working from Home - Thrive in Five
When home becomes your workplace, you need to adjust your approach and set up some new routines to stay productive and in touch with your colleagues.
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We provide training programs for a range of other core people development topics including team development, personal effectiveness, wellness and life skills as well as other business skills too.

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