Discussion Topic and Materials: Time Management & Productivity

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  1. How do you manage your time? Are you satisfied with your time management?  Why or why not?
  2. How do you balance work and personal life?
  3. What are some possible ways to manage time effectively? 
  4. What are the biggest challenges to maintaining satisfactory time management?
  5. Tell us about an experience when you successfully managed your time well?
  6. Tell us about an experience where you did not manage your time well?
  7. Do you usually plan your days and write down a schedule? If so, how do you plan for your days? If not, please tell us how you generally organize your days.
  8. How can we improve our time management?
  9. Do you use any tools or apps to help with time management?
  10. When do you feel most productive?
  11. When do you feel unproductive or lazy?
  12. How do you respond to feeling lazy? Do you accept it and enjoy ‘lazy mode’ or do you try to change your energy level?  If so, how?
  13. What are the most common distractions that prevent you from feeling productive?
  14. Why do successful people care about time management?
  15. Among your family and friends, who has the best time management?



  • Distraction A thing that interrupts your attention 
  • Structure The organizational flow of a workplace.
  • Schedule a plan an f timeline for things to be done
  • Productivity a measure of performance that indicates much input it takes to create an output.
  • Efficiency Getting work done with a minimum of effort, expense, or waste.
  • Effectiveness the degree to which an objective is achieved
  • Priorities Goals, tasks, or activities that you judge as more important than others
  • Goals Those things you aim for that take planning and work
  • Procrastination Intentionally putting off doing something that should be done
  • Concentration The action or power of focusing one’s attention or mental effort   
  • urgent needing quick action or attention
  • schedule a plan that gives expected times for different things to happen
  • tardy slow; late; overdue; delayed
  • chaos great confusion, disorder
  • Burnout negative changes in thoughts, emotions, and behavior as a result of prolonged stress or frustration being upset or annoyed, especially because of inability to change or achieve something
  • Avoidance A reaction to conflict that involves ignoring the problem by doing nothing at all


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