Productivity Courses

Time. Attention. Energy.

Cultivating a sustainable approach to work.

What does it mean to be productive? Our working definition of productivity is ‘doing the right thing, in the right way, at the right time’, and our productivity courses aim to support just that. It’s definitely not about doing more and more, but instead focusing on how to use our limited resources to best effect.

The modern professional is bombarded with demands on their attention and their problem-solving, from the moment they wake up until the very end of their evening.

Productivity isn’t necessarily about doing more, but more about doing more of the right things, at the right time and in the right way. Our courses emphasise a move away from ‘busy’ – where stress is common and reactive is the norm – to ‘productive’, where proactivity guides our focus.

Knowing how to make best use of our time, attention and energy is core to our approach to productivity training. Additionally, proactively paying attention to the interface with our work and personal roles and responsibilities can contribute to a more meaningful and productive existence.

Our productivity courses focus on key productivity skills that can be deployed in virtually any work environment. Course contents are based on principles, not inflexible processes or rules, so delegates can make them work for them, whatever the constraints of their role or organisational culture. We also highlight the skills required for navigate the work-life interface, which has been complicated by flexibility, technology and globalisation.

From Frantic to Focused:

A guide to sustainable productivity

Our flagship productivity programme is principles-based, acknowledging the variety and diversity of roles, cultures and people. There’s no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to productivity!

The programme can be run as a day-long in-house session or a four-part online programme with webinars via our bespoke learning platform.

Who is this designed for?

This programme has been designed with the modern professional in mind. Anyone who feels they have too much to do, too little time to do it, but a burning desire to do something about this.

Find out all about this course and how to complete it here.

Bite-Sized Learning

Productivity Essentials

Bite-size learning to boost your productivity

Our ‘Productivity Essentials’ sessions over the basics of everyday productivity skills, focusing on how to get the maximum return from small changes to our thinking and behaviour. They’re perfect for ‘lunchtime learning’ slots or for inclusion in an offsite, away day.

These 90-minute sessions are impactful and minimise delegates’ absence from the workplace. For geographically-distributed teams, we can run our Productivity Essentials workshops via webinar.

Productivity 101

The perfect place to start! In this session, we outline how we approach productivity and explore the most important moving parts: our time, attention and energy. It’s what we do with these limited resources that makes all the difference. We’ll also outline the most common productivity ‘traps’ and how to avoid them, so you can get more of the important and meaningful work done.  

First Things First

Where to start? When under pressure, we often forget to prioritise at all, jumping from task to email to meeting to task. Without prioritising, we might as well be flipping a coin when it comes to what we do when. We explore the nature of priorities, a simple tool to bring clarity to your inbox, and how to ensure you make time to actually get these things done. 

Beating Procrastination

An evergreen topic in our coaching practice, procrastination is the irrational delaying of action, such that is has negative consequences. It’s something most people can identify with from time to time, but it’s also a habit that we can set aside. We explore the root causes of procrastination and straightforward ways to evade each. Our goal is to replace procrastination with proactivity and learn how to lean into those tasks we’d rather leave for our future selves. 

Delegation Essentials

Delegation could help so many professionals deal with their workload more effectively – yet so many persist in the belief that “it would be quicker if I did it myself”. In this session, we look at what can stop us from delegating, how we can decide what to delegate and to whom we can delegate – and most importantly, put this into practice, so you can focus on the work that brings you meaning and fulfilment. 

Doing what Matters

Our demanding lives mean we often operate in a kind of ‘automatic pilot’. Whether it’s zoning out on the train, automatically responding to emails or becoming a passive consumer of whatever they TV has to offer – it can be difficult to act with intention. But there is an alternative. In this session, we look at how to clarify what’s meaningful to you and to take helpful steps in that direction – overcoming the discomfort and uncertainty that can come with it. We use the image of small nudges to our journey – a course correction – rather than reinvention, to make sure changes last. 

Productive Focus

Despite our best intentions, it’s all too easy to get distracted. It might be a notification on screen, a noise in our work environment or a persistent thought that simply won’t go away. This workshop is all about developing a ‘focus muscle’ that allows us to direct our attention with intent. We’ll look at some effective focus-building habits, as well as ways to minimise the distractions that trip you up

Productive at Home

Whether it’s an occasional day at home, a regular number of days or a permanent way of work, many more employees are benefitting from home working. This session has been designed to cover the essentials of home working, to support employees to maintain their focus, while also nurturing their wellbeing. We’ll cover the practicalities of home-working, the importance of communication and the benefits of routine and structure, so the focus can be on outputs – not where the work takes place.

Work-Life Integration

While it’s common to hear people discuss their work-life ‘balance’, we prefer to look at this important aspect of life another way – the challenges in integrating all of our roles into an intentional and manageable way of working and living. Work is part of life and feelings of ‘balance’ are only very temporary. Instead, it’s an ongoing and dynamic area of focus. In this session, we look at how to get clarity on your life’s roles and invest in them in a way that’s both meaningful and realistic. 

Dealing with Overwhelm

Even the most organised of us will feel overwhelmed from time to time. And this is because we’re not in total control of the work and other demands life throws at us. In this session, we’ll explore how we automatically respond to overwhelm, how it impacts our thinking and behaviour, and some alternatives to deal with the situation more effectively.