Time Management for Managing Projects and Complex Tasks Course

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Managing complex tasks, like projects, requires a range of time management skills.  Most important is the estimation process for costs and timings.  Most project estimations are difficult to forecast, hence a large number of projects that are delivered over-time and over-budget.

The new PD Training Signature series course, Time Management for Managing Projects and Complex Tasks, incorporates best practices from a range of professional frameworks like Agile SCRUM, to create a real-world time management training course for the real-world project manager. 

We introduce course participants to a range of modern tools including mobile apps, online counters, and timers, which allow you to better leverage your time while at work.  Mobile devices can now be important tools when improved productivity is the primary goal.

Learn essential skills like how your personality type can actually impact your personal time management, multiple estimation techniques, delegation of tasks, meeting management, managing a crises situation and much more!

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Your Learning Outcomes
Time Management for Managing Projects and Complex Tasks

In this course you will learn to:

  • How to use your Personality Traits to improve your Time Management
  • Learn to Organise the Workspace for Efficiency
  • Making the Most of Planning Styles and Approaches
  • Estimating Time for Tasks – using PERT and Planning Poker
  • What to do if you’re not a “Planner”
  • Master the Art of Staying Focused
  • Discover How and When to Say “No”
  • Master when and how to delegate for maximum productivity
  • Gain Skills to Instil Good Habits and Eliminate Bad Ones
  • Gain insightful skills to better manage meetings
  • Manage Email
  • Handle high pressure, crisis situations with ease
  • Discover alternatives to in-person meetings
Duration: 1.0 day course

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Time Management for Managing Projects and Complex Tasks Reviews:

"In my work and personal life I have been struggling with time management for years, Derrick the facilitator provided some great tools and delivered the content in a method that was relevant and effective to meet my learning style. I have also been working through some barriers in my work environment that Derrick was able to discuss with me after the session which was extremely supportive and important for me at the time. I'd be more than happy to recommend course and Derrick for his amazing service and attention to his learners. Derrick would be happy to know I've already undertaken 3 of the several changes today which has already provided an impact!"

Independent Schools Victoria

"I believe the profiling was very beneficial in encouraging all participants to look beyond themselves to enable them to gain an understanding of others and their natural tendencies. I am hopeful that having key team members attend this training together will enable us to communicate better, increasing productivity and reducing frustration within the organisation."

Body Science International

"Derek was very personable and knew his stuff. He had some really great ways of incorporating everyday examples into the learning. Would highly recommend this course and others to come along.''

-Bupa Australia

“ This is the first course I have attended that has held my attention for the whole time and I was not watching the clock. it was relevant, related to problem solving issues with in the project and a great way to learn concepts as well as demonstrate examples.

Our trainer (Karen) was fantastic. really bought the group together and could link her experiences with us. Fantastic. Thank you Karen ”

-Catholic Homes

“ Our trainer was excellent. She tailored the day to our particular needs, and she was very flexible - allowing us extra time to discuss issues of most relevance to us. She was engaging and very adept at making people feel very comfortable talking about themselves and issues in a way that work colleagues might find difficult ordinarily. I cannot recommend her highly enough as a trainer.
Presentation of the training was to a very high standard!!! Very impressed.! ”

-Department of Environment and Resource Management

“ Thank you Scott for your time I really came away with the drive to put into practice what was talked in the training. ”

-Financial Ombudsman Service

“ I had a great time and feel I have learnt a lot! I cant wait to use these techniques in the workplace! ”

-Narellan Pools

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Course Outline
Time Management for Managing Projects and Complex Tasks

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Time Management for Managing Projects and Complex Tasks course will help you learn how to manage and maximise your time. It will also guide participants how to use different applications and modern tools to track your time. Good time management enables you to work smarter - not harder - so you can save time, effort, energy and get more done in less time.

Time Management for Managing Projects and Complex Tasks - Lesson 1
My Personality And Time Management
  • Using my awareness of personality profiles to improve time management
  • Reflection
Time Management for Managing Projects and Complex Tasks - Lesson 2
Laying The Foundations For You And Your Team
  • 5s Counting game my scores
  • “First, 5s and get clear”
    • The 5s System
    • What is 5s?
  • 5s Terminology
    • 5s in the digital workspace
    • Why is 5s necessary
    • Benefits of undertaking 5s
  • Reflection
    • My 5S take-aways:
Time Management for Managing Projects and Complex Tasks - Lesson 3
Keeping on Schedule
  • Planning Styles
    • Which planning style is better?
  • Planning approaches - top down or bottom up
    • Planning at work
    • Plan work and time - avoid oops,use your oppas!
  • Estimating time for tasks – using pert and planning poker
    • Project Evaluation and Review Technique (pert) (from PMBOK Project Management)
    • Planning poker (from scrum project management)
    • Why fibonacci series is used
    • Maximise the value – ritualise this process!
  • Stay ‘switched on’ and creative – use fiba
    • Ask the fiba questions
  • Planning for non-planners – “planning by questioning”
  • Reflection
Time Management for Managing Projects and Complex Tasks - Lesson 4
Now Plan
  • The rule of deadlines – parkinson’s law
    • How to use parkinson’s law to your advantage.
  • Feeling challenged? Win with power-plays,
    • (A Variation On The Pomodoro Technique, Also Known As Time Boxing)!
    • Your Power-Play Coach Says To Remember To Include S.T.I.N.G. In Every Power-Play
  • How to deal with interruptions
    • Interruptions – take control when you can
    • Handling interruptions efficiently
  • How to say no… and be loved for it!
    • The “direct no” approach
    • Exercise: saying direct no
    • The “indirect no” approach
  • Reflection
Time Management for Managing Projects and Complex Tasks - Lesson 5
The Art Of Delegation
  • The Art Of Delegation
  • Think laterally to be more productive
  • One person, can’t achieve much on their own
  • When to delegate
  • Delegation types
  • Delegation check List
  • To whom should you delegate?
  • Keeping control
  • The importance of full acceptance
  • When delegating, remember
  • Reflection
Time Management for Managing Projects and Complex Tasks - Lesson 6
Managing Your Habits
  • Definition
    • Why do we develop a bad habit?
    • How to be disciplined
  • 6-Steps to eliminate A bad habit
    • How to beat the urge
  • Reflection
Time Management for Managing Projects and Complex Tasks - Lesson 7
Meeting Management
  • Meeting Attitude: A short self-assessment
  • Deciding if A meeting is necessary
  • Using the pat approach
  • Building the agenda
    • Time:
    • Making sure the meeting was worthwhile
  • Alternatives to meetings
    • Instant Messaging
    • Teleconferencing
    • E-Mail lists and online groups
    • Collaboration applications
  • Reflection
Time Management for Managing Projects and Complex Tasks - Lesson 8
  • Email
    • Manage your emails – don’t let email manage you
    • Archiving
    • Frequency
  • Manage your inbox with flags and rules
    • Flag incoming messages for follow-up
    • Set a reminder for more important items
    • Create rules
    • Always connected:
    • Balancing perspective
    • Takeaways
  • Your own personal assistant? Yes, you can!
    • Smart phone or tablet or windows 10
    • How can they help
    • Closing the loop
  • Universal note taking apps
    • Out of reach, out of sight, out of mind? - not anymore!
  • Reflection
Time Management for Managing Projects and Complex Tasks - Lesson 9
  • Create an action plan
  • Accountability = Action

In-House Training We’ll focus on what matters most to you and tailor to your context

Delivery Options for In-house training

Live Online & Hybrid
live online & hybrid
1-hour Motivator
one hour motivator
3-hour Power Sessions
3 hour power session
Full-day training
full day training

We're flexible and will always work with you to get the best outcome and learner experience.

Let's discuss the best option for you, and how to get maximise outcomes in the shortest amount of time.

At your workplace At your workplace
In our Training Rooms In our Training Rooms
 In our Online Training  Room - the HIVE In our Online Training Room

We’ll make things easier so you can focus on adding more value

We provide the Training Management Centre which is an information hub before, during and after training.
(Let us know if there’s parts you don’t want to use)

Invites people to training

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Generates Sign in Sheet

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Generates Branded Flyer

If you if you want to ‘promote’ internally

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PDF’s of Certificates

(can be co-branded with your logo)

Completion Certificate Included

Collects and Reports feedback

(So you don’t have to)

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Complete Results Dashboard

(including trainer insights)

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What are people going to do differently?

At the completion of training participants are encouraged to create an action plan, and invite an accountability buddy via their Orgmenta App.

In your Training Management Centre you have transparency to the action plans so you can see what people are going to do differently.

My Action Plan
Participants encouraged to create

Want to get clear on impacts and measure success? Our system and expert consultants support you.

Our systems and people make it easy to identify how you’ll be able to measure impacts,
and then report on the success in the weeks or months after training.

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It’s surprisingly easy to make it so that your system can automatically be up to date with all the training record details you need.

More than just a training provider - we are your Learning and Development Partner, we look forward to working with you, talk to one of our friendly expert consultants today.

Public Class Dates for
Time Management for Managing Projects and Complex Tasks


  • Time: 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM
  • Small classes, average 5 people, max 16
  • Lunch and refreshments included
  • Pay on Invoice or by Credit Card


  • Certificate of Completion (always available in the App)
  • Comprehensive courseware as books (& available in the App)


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When you book a Public Class with PD Training you can expect:

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To Be Engaged All Day

Activities and discussion for engaged learning all day.

Real world trainer

An outstanding trainer

On average PDT trainers have 15 years industry experience and 7 years training experience.

Tailored training

Focussed on you

We always tailor activities and scenarios to be relevant to you.

Transfer policy

100% Transfer Policy

If an unforseen event prevents public class attendance, no problem. Transfer to new person, course, date or city.

Refresher course

Refresher Course $0

In-House and Public Class participants are welcome to join a public class in the same topic for 12 months.

Confidence of booking

Acclaimed Provider

The confidence of booking with an acclaimed multi national training company.

eLearning and video

Multi-modal Reinforcement

Support, reinforcement & extension eLearning and videos in the App.

Embed Learning A great training course is only the beginning to lasting change.

To help you get lasting change from training we engage your participants

Before training

Pre course activity & chat with the trainer about personal learning goals

During training

At the course conclusion participants are encouraged to add an action plan and select an accountability buddy

After training

  • Participants can access course materials and extension content + more
  • If they picked an accountability buddy, they will have that meeting as well

We welcome your participants for Refresher Training on our public classes at no cost for 12-months (subject to availability)

All made easy via our orgmenta participant app

More ways we can help achieve lasting change include:

1. Make it Stick Packs - 6 months of 10-15 minute activities to run at meetings

Designed to be easy to use for Team Leaders, Managers, Trainers or other nominated Learning Champions these packs have 6 simple and quick activities to reinforce learning from the original course.

When you choose this option, we provide your nominated Learning Champions with a 90-minute session in how to run the activities so they have the resources and confidence to integrate these into your normal team meetings or as stand alone lunch 'n' learn sessions.

Make it Stick packs are available for all PDT Signature Series courses.

2. Follow-Up Coaching by our Trainers

Our Trainers can come back onsite and run coaching and reinforcment sessions for your team members. These sessions are most commonly 90-minutes long, and are designed to help people share and collaborate, helping them gain insights and confidence to apply what they learned so you see value from the investment in training with a lasting change.

Our purpose is to deliver lasting impact, and we believe this is a powerful step in achieving lasting change, so to encourage you to give your people that extra opportunity to really see change, if you book a follow up session within 90-days of the original course date, we’ll come back onsite for 1/2 price.

3. Physical Products - visual reminders to keep key concepts alive

Many of the 'aha' moments in courses can come from the increased awareness of ourselves and our colleagues, these come through the REACH Profiles that is integrated into many of our courses.

The insights lead us to better recognise our tendencies and strengths, understand how to be more mindful of adapting to the needs and preferences of our team and our customers.

The insights are put into practice by appreciating the benefits of our diversity and either learning to adapt or implementing a strengths-based management approach.

We have a great range of high quality products that can keep these impactful moments top of mind back in the workplace.

REACH to my Team
Visualizer / Reminder

The REACH Team Visualizer/Reminder can be used in multiple ways in both training and in the office. When displayed in a high traffic area REACH will be kept top of mind. Below are guidelines for use of the REACH Team Visualizer / Reminder which is also in downloadable format.

The REACH Team Visualizer / Reminder comes in two sizes of A0 841 x 1189 mm and A1 594 x 841 mm and is made from a sturdy 5mm corflute.

REACH to my Team Visualizer / Reminder guidelines for use

  • For this activity the simplest way to plot all participants on the REACH Grid is by generating TEAM Insights Report from the REACH Ecosystem which will give the position of everyone participating.
  • Place the REACH Team Visualizer / Reminder on a flat surface, preferably a wall, where it is clearly visible. Ask participants to mark their REACH position on the grid with a sticky dot. Recommend that participants put their initials on the sticky dot so they can easily locate themselves later. Each person’s REACH can revealed one at a time in a group activity. This allows for everyone to identify the dynamic that they will have with each other. Are they in the same quadrant or are the polar opposites? How do they "REACH" each other?
  • When you construct this activity with participants who have not seen their REACH score, they begin to develop a sense of self-awareness and their blind spots as well as of those around them.
  • The REACH Team Visualizer / Reminder is a powerful way to keep Team Dynamics and REACH alive. It can be revisited on a regular basis, people can be added, removed or moved by simply adding, removing or moving dots.
Download REACH Team Dynamic Visualiser guidelines

Keep it Alive

REACH Cubes are designed to build empathy and grow an appreciation for thinking differently. They encourage productive and positive interactions in the workplace, workshop or personal development sessions. They can be used in any creative way to grow REACH and below we have provided two recommended activities for use. The REACH Cubes pack comes with 4 REACH Cubes one representing each REACH Quadrant. Each REACH Cube is 7.5 cm squared and are made from durable EVA Foam.

Keep it Alive REACH Cubes Activity 1 – Thinking Outside the Square

When people are participating in activities during REACH workshops, training or personal development sessions provide each participant with a REACH Cube and ask them to complete the activity or interaction Thinking and Behaving based on what REACH Cube was provided to them.

Are they the Advisor focused on detail and doing?

or a Coach focused on People and Action?

This brings a whole new level of empathy building and appreciation for the strength of thinking differently.

Keep it Alive REACH Cubes Activity 2 – Grow Your REACH in your space

After REACH has been introduced using the REACH Training continue to keep REACH alive in the workplace by providing each person with a set of 4 REACH cubes to take back to their work space.

Personal REACH and the REACH of their colleagues can be grown by using these cubes on a regular basis with these great ideas:

The Desk Stack:

Stack your REACH Cubes on your desk and on top of the stack place the cube that is reflecting your current REACH zone. Ensure that you have the side that says “Thanks for dropping by, right now I am in my __________ quadrant” facing outward so those approaching your work space know how you are feeling and acting at that current time. This is designed to help those around you recognise different behaviours/responses they may or may not receive from you based on the situation and REACH zone.

Think Before I Act:

Use your REACH Cubes to be mindful of your interactions with others. Whilst interacting use the cubes to review your behaviours and actions. Take up the cube of the quadrant you currently feel you are in and review these sides: Think before I act: Is this what I need to be right now? Flip the cube over to the side of the profile overview and think about the style in which you are Communicating, Conflict-handling, Delegating etc. Is this what you need to be to REACH the person you are interacting with? If not find the REACH Cube that best suits the situation and maximises your REACH with that person and use the profile overview to help guide your interaction.

Download REACH Cubes Activity File

Learn to REACH

Learn to REACH Labels are a great low-cost substitute for the REACH Caps or REACH Cubes or the more physically interactive REACH Floor Mat. They work well in small and large team activities and can be used as a quick way to identify how others act and think through a different quadrant that is not theirs. They can learn to appreciate the different communication, conflict handling, delegating, planning and learning styles of others and through this increase their REACH.

The REACH Labels are made of a high quality fabric sticky labels that are designed to last all day training sessions.

These work well after training when stuck to people’s monitors or workstations.

View all of the REACH Training and reinforcement products Here
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