Time Management Barriers

Text version of audio here
 

The infamous unrelated discussion…

Have you ever been facilitating a class that just can’t seem to focus or get on topic? People are carrying on side conversations about what they had for dinner the night before or a funny television show they watched. Or maybe people are bringing up topics that may be important to their work, but not relevant to the topic at hand. Discussions like this can prove to be a large barrier to time management. Before you know it, an unrelated discussion can take you halfway through the lesson and you are left with very little time to cover the actual content and get to activities.

Participants can’t get enough of the coffee break…

This barrier can be challenging because you want to be aware of how participants are responding and when they are in need of a break, but you don’t want to give so many breaks that you take away from key class time. Time for breaks is allotted in your NCI packaged curriculum, but sometimes participants may need one or two extra breaks as well. It is fine to add on a couple of minutes to an already designated break, or to give participants one to two minutes to stand up and stretch. Just be conscious of how often you are allowing this and when participants are truly in need of a lengthy break or just a quick stretch.

Excuse me, but I just can’t seem to grasp that concept!

Some concepts that are lengthy and complex may require additional time spent clarifying definitions, key terms, or ideas. This barrier presents a challenge because you want to ensure that participants fully understand concepts before moving on, but you cannot spend an entire class period trying to clarify things. Striking a balance is the key.

Activities are engaging, but can easily take up too much time.

Activities are a great way to engage the participants and help them apply concepts, but sometimes participants take longer than expected to complete exercises. It may take awhile for them to understand the activity or they spend a lot of time brainstorming.

Let’s give em’ something to talk about… or maybe not!

Click to open interactivity Time Management Barriers Self Check

Time Management Barriers Self Check

Finally, you have the group of participants that either has their hands raised throughout the whole lesson or the group that won’t participate at all. Surely, you have been faced with the over-participators and the under-participators and both of these groups have an impact on time. The first group leaves you with very little time and the second group leaves you with ample time, wondering how you are going to fill the next hour before lunch.