Productive habits and behaviours
Duration 2 hours
Team Staff Development

Covid-19 Response
This course has been paused as the content is not currently deemed suitable for online delivery. Resources will be uploaded here, when they are available.

Course overview

‘There is no such thing as time management. There is only the mindset that optimally manages the self and its actions’ - Tony Dovale

If you’ve been on time management workshops, tried a range of different tools, and none of the techniques stick then this workshop could be for you. Rather than looking at tools and techniques it focuses on how some of our behaviours and habits can negatively impact on our effectiveness and productivity at work.

We’ll explore how behaviours such as procrastination, perfectionism, lack of assertiveness, or the habit of flitting between jobs (butterflying/task hopping) can become unproductive forces that adversely impact on our working life. We’ll find ways to manage the behaviours that can hold you back from being more effective.

What we will cover:

  • The link between habits/behaviours and the way we work
  • Characteristics and impact of a range of behaviours – e.g. procrastination, perfectionism, lack of assertiveness, and butterflying/task hopping
  • A range of ways to manage unproductive aspects of behaviour

What you’ll leave with An individual action plan

What to do before you attend: Go to the on-line resource ‘Know How’ on the Staff Development webpages. Find the article ‘Identifying your time wasters’ and complete the attached spreadsheet. You do not need to complete ‘My plan of action’ prior to the workshop.

Who this course is aimed at: Anyone – e.g. those who may have tried other ‘time management’ methods or tools/techniques with limited success, or those who identify with any of the behaviours mentioned.

What you need to know

Refreshments: We do not provide refreshments for courses under 3 hours, you are welcome to bring beverages and/or snacks with you.

Cancellation fee: Your Division/Faculty will incur a £50 charge should you fail to attend on the day or cancel your place any later than three full working days before the course.

Sickness: If you are unable to attend the course due to sickness, please can you or a member of your team notify us by email ( as soon as possible on the day of the course, if not before.

Waiting list: Staff Development will operate a waiting list should this course become full. Because of this, places are non-transferable between colleagues.

How you book

Development courses should be discussed as part of a development plan agreed with your manager.

Each course will be open for bookings at 9 am on the day 8 weeks prior to the course date. If this date falls on a University closure day, the course will be released on the next working day.

Please note that if there are no course dates, we are in the process of planning and will update this page as they are scheduled. For any updates, please refer to our monthly Staff Development bulletins and our Staff Development Yammer group.

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