ICD Conference Workshop for Professional Organizers

Are you a professional organizer with an interest in reducing the time clutter that your clients are facing?

If so, here’s some news that you might be interested in…

On April 24th I’ll be presenting a teleclass (TM-200) at the Institute for Challenging Disorganization on the topic of “How to Start Advising a Client on Reducing Time Clutter.”

This programme kicks off a multi-month opportunity for P.O.’s to improve their skills at consulting in the area of time management, and it culminates at the ICD Conference in Chicago in September, where I’ll be doing a couple of things:

1. Conducting a Plenary Session on Saturday, September 22nd – Baby Steps 101

2.  Leading an all day Workshop on Sunday, September 23rd – Baby Steps 201: Radically Reducing Your Clients’ Time Clutter

What are these Baby Steps Programs all about? I’ll be helping each attendee to improve their skills at helping their clients reduce time clutter and manage their time.  The name “Baby Steps” comes from my recommendation that our clients need to be taught to take small steps in developing these skills in order to avoid the failure that afflicts so many.

Between the teleclass and the conference I’ll be offering two kinds of information/training.  For those who register for the workshop, they’ll be given as much of the background material that they can handle because the training in Chicago will be less about theory and more about skill-practice.

For those who can’t make it to Chicago there are a few interactive resources I’ll be updating including this blog, the Facebook page and a game that will be released in May.  New> They’ll also be able to join my ICD Conference mailing list.

Click here to visit my Facebook Page to find out the latest news, and click here to visit the registration/information page for more details.

P.S. The earlybird deadline ends on April 30th.


A Foundation for Sound Time Management Coaching

Most professionals didn’t learn their time management in a class or from a book. Instead, they pulled off a remarkable feat when, at some point in their young adulthood, they created their own system. Any successes in life, were due in part to this remarkable, brilliant, solo act.

This fact is just one that a time management coach must use to shape his/her understanding of the art and science of time management. Here are some of the other incontrovertible facts that I’ll be using in future posts:

  • Fact #1 – each professional has developed a unique system
  • Fact #2 – most professionals did this without any outside assistance or guidance
  • Fact #3 – professionals experience gaps in their systems when the volume of time demands grows to the point where some tasks are left incomplete, or late. Although these gaps exist, there are aspects of their systems that work quite well.
  • Fact#4 – these gaps can be filled by upgraded practices that evolve into new habits
  • Fact #5 – habit change is quite a difficult undertaking, and is best tackled in small steps, with lots of support
  • Fact #6 – most managers and professional coaches, authors and trainers focus on giving “clients” either a blizzard of disjoint tips, or a rigid system of fixed habits

These 6 facts form the basis or foundation for all time management 2.0 coaching. They provide a realistic starting point for anyone who wants to improve the time management performance of someone else as it gives a background against which a coach can be effective.

The truth is that if you’re a time management coach, your intention is to change individual behavior in a complex area of life that happens to be evolving rapidly due to increasing demands, and new technology. Given your commitment, and the business environment in 2012, you must start from a place of solid, empirical facts in order to give powerful advice that makes a difference.  Otherwise, you might very well end up just throwing tips at the client, hoping that something sticks.

Leave me a comment below, if you’d like me to clear up any point that I have made above, or even if you have a different point of view… or maybe just want to say “Hi!  I’m a reader!”