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8 Top Tips for Time Management
Ever feel like you have a million things to do and even though you feel to be working day and night to get through the tasks, the job list just gets longer? Take a look at these top time management tips and begin to manage your time effectively…
1) Do the most important and hardest jobs first. Prioritise your job list and decide which tasks are the most crucial. This may be two or three things. Once you have completed these you will have already won your day! Anything else on top is a bonus and it will greatly improve your motivation.
2) Do not allow minor details to hinder a project. We can spend ages faffing over small details in a bid to get it perfect first time. Yes, of course some things need to be perfect however when you need to thrash a task out, it’s sometimes better to throw yourself in, get all the basic dirty work done and then go back later to refine, polish and tweak. This tip especially helps if you are of the procrastinating sort!
3) Get up early. This sounds too basic, but it is vital. Rising early means you have more time to get things done, and more motivation to get more things done. This only works if you have gone to bed at a decent time the night before and had a good 7 to 8 hours sleep.
4) Develop great habits. Some key tasks that need to be done regularly should be transformed into habits. Folk say it takes a month of daily action to establish a new habit. Once you have done this it is much easier to keep on top of those important jobs.
5) Don’t get overwhelmed with your to do list. There’s no point in looking at the list, becoming stressed and wasting time crying about it. Focus on one job at a time, give it your full attention then cross it off and move onto the next. It isn’t beneficial to anyone running around like a headless chicken. The things will get done and you are going to be ok!
6) Learn to say no. You are not super human and therefore cannot do everything on Earth. Sometimes something may be delegated to you that you just can’t do. Learn to say no to people when you need to. You can do this in a polite but firm manner, just explain that you have a lot of other larger priorities and that you’d be happy to help in future but today is a bad day.
7) Once you’ve committed, follow through. We all know those people who SAY they are going to do something but don’t. They always find a way last minute to not do what they said they were going to. Don’t be one of those people. Once you say to yourself or another that you are going to do it, always try to follow through. This is key to being a professional person and your own self-esteem and worth.
8) Find passion and enjoyment in what you do. Are you one of those people who, when it gets to the 31st December thinks,” Where has the year gone? How time has flown?!” Time feels to pass quicker and quicker as you get older. Do not be one of those people who, day by day, is bitter about how much work they have got to do. Find a joy and happiness in what you do, and tasks will then become easier to complete. Work will seem less like a rusty cog trying to turn and more like a well-oiled machine, gaining momentum each day.
Invest in Yourself! Four reasons you should think about Continued Professional Development (CPD) this September.
September is here and that can only mean one thing; Summer is over. You’ve had your holiday, some care free moments and plenty of relaxing time and now it’s back to work in waiting for the dark nights and wintery showers… Sound familiar? (And a bit negative?)
But wait a minute. It doesn’t have to be this way. September is a chance to reassess where you are, decide some new career goals and boost your employability. SEPTEMBER IS THE NEW JANUARY! Here are four ways you can boost your CV by focusing on your CPD before the year is over…
1) Join a Professional Body. Whatever your line of work or whatever you are interested in, there are a whole host of professional organisations which offer memberships. For an annual fee you could be connected to other like minded people for worthwhile meetings, talks or discussions, have access to informative webinars and other perks and it looks great on your CV.
2) Review your own performance. Get a pen and paper, half an hour of peace and quiet and get writing. What good things have you achieved so far this year in your job? What things are lacking? What knowledge/ experience do you need in order to catalyse your own performance? Set some goals and then work out how to achieve them.
3) Take a minute to assess when you last did a formal qualification. Was it three years ago when your manager booked you and Margaret from accounts to do a day’s course on customer service? Was it ten years ago when you completed your degree? Our minds are like muscles; they need stretching and exercising just like our bodies. Be honest with yourself and think about when you last pushed your brain to take in new information and grow.
4) Get booked onto an accredited project management course now to freshen up or boost your CV and add something new. Employers really value seeing something new and up to date on your CV and everyone likes to work with people who push themselves to learn more and improve all the time.
Don’t hesitate, just have a look at what courses we’ve got coming up, get in touch and do it. By the time 2018 is upon us you will thank yourself.
Deciding whether to do the Project Fundamentals Qualification (PFQ – previously the Introductory Certificate) or the Project Management Qualification (PMQ – previous the APMP) depends on what you want from the qualification, how much time you can spare and how much knowledge and experience you already have.
The PFQ is the perfect introduction to project management and it gets you a recognised and respected qualification at the end of your hard work. We typically recommend this for those of you who have very little experience and need a good grounding in the principles and key concepts of project management (why not read our 5 Reasons to do the PFQ for more info!)
The course can be completed in a couple of days and we will work hard to ensure that you get the support you need to get through the exam. We frequently run these courses with a 100% pass rate because we work hard to ensure that everyone involved gets the support they need!
The PMQ is a 5 day course full time so requires more time to get it done and is typically aimed at those of you who have more experience and knowledge of the core concepts of project management. Many of our PMQ students have previously taken the PFQ course.
The PMQ courses go into significantly more depth than the PFQ and as mentioned above they do presuppose a pre-existing level of knowledge.
If you’re still not sure what the best course for you is then please CONTACT US and we will be happy to talk to you about your situation and what the best options may be.
Alternatively if you’ve already made up your mind and are ready to book you can see what courses we have open here.
5 Reasons why you should take the Project Fundamentals Qualification (previously the Introductory Certificate)
One of the most frequent questions we get asked is “why should I take the PFQ course? How will it benefit me?” This is a logical question to ask given that you are about to commit time and money to taking the course so we’ve put together our top 5 reasons why you should think about the PFQ course…
1. One of the best possible introductions to the key principles of project management. We believe the PFQ course is an excellent introduction to the core concepts of Project Management and how it can improve efficiency and outcomes in a broad range of applications. By providing this broad overview to the core concepts it will equip you with a good working knowledge of the key terminology and concepts.
2. You get a respected and approved qualification. It’s always good to be able to boost your CV with a recognised qualification and the PFQ is an APM Accredited qualification respected by industry and employers alike.
3. A perfect starting point for a new career or unlocking the door to that next promotion. Everyone knows that more and more employers are looking for management qualifications and experience and project management qualifications such as the PFQ can be a fantastic way to make yourself stand out from the crowd if you are looking to change your career or go for promotion.
4. Talk to and meet experienced professionals. All of our training staff are experienced project management professionals who will not only help you with the training for the qualification but will also be able to provide advice on how to achieve your goals and get what you want from the qualification. Whether it be moving on to more in depth qualifications, learning more on your own or applying for a new job.
5. Improve the way you work! One of the unexpected benefits which often comes from learning more about project management methodologies and theory is that it can improve the way you work in your own life making you more efficient, more organised and allowing you to accomplish more.
So what are you waiting for? Click here to find out when our next PFQ course is running and to book your place now!
Look around the internet at the minute and there seems to be an abundance of online and distance learning courses. Convenient to learn from home? Easier to study as you don’t have to travel anywhere / give up time for travel? True.
However, this is not our philosophy at PLP.
We often get asked, “Do you have online versions of your courses, so it’s easier for me to study?” The simple answer to this is….. No.
Put yourself in our training room with our trainers who will run through the course material with you face to face, instead of just you and your computer at home. Your computer won’t be able to gauge whether or not you have understood a concept or be able to give you numerous case studies and examples to reinforce something that you may be unsure of.
Your computer won’t be able to deliver the course with the humour, wit and experience our trainers have. Your computer won’t be able to tell you if you are ready to sit the APM accredited exam or help you with a couple of tricky subjects just before you sit it.
Our people who deliver the course are experts in their field who love a two way discussion and will give you not only the knowledge, but the confidence to sit your exam and gain your lovely, shiny new qualification.
And that’s why we don’t do distance learning!