Effective Time Management

3 Credits: Personal Development


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Effective Time Management

Course Level
CPE Credits

3 Credits: Personal Development

Course Description

Many professionals feel overwhelmed by the pressure of work, and always seem to be working with a massive backlog of overdue projects. In Effective Time Management, we discuss how to prioritize your work, simplify tasks, increase the efficiency of routine activities, and offload less-critical work to others. Topics covered include time blocking, planning for the unplannable, setting objectives, dealing with interruptions, how to say no, and much more. Incorporating these improvements into your life should result in a better focus on what really matters, resulting in more effective use of your time.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the contents of a time log.
  • Describe the types of errors and how they impact time management.
  • Cite the types of objects around which work must be scheduled.
  • Specify the methods available for dealing with unplannable events.
  • Describe the analysis methods used to identify the most important activities.
  • Recognize the importance of objectives in time management.
  • Specify the time management challenges associated with creative positions.
  • Recognize the positives and negatives of being interrupted.
  • Specify how networking can be accomplished in a time-effective manner.
  • Recognize the situations in which using work instructions can reduce a manager’s time involvement.
  • Cite the steps needed to analyze a delay of action.
  • Recognize a “red flag” request for work.
  • Identify how to save time when dealing with travel arrangements.
  • Identify the problems and benefits associated with working from home.
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Course Specifics

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Revision Date
March 22, 2024

There are no prerequisites.

Advanced Preparation


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Compliance Information

NASBA Provider Number: 103220

CFP Notice: Not all courses that qualify for CFP® credit are registered by Western CPE. If a course does not have a CFP registration number in the compliance section, the continuing education will need to be individually reported with the CFP Board. For more information on the reporting process, required documentation, processing fee, etc., contact the CFP Board. CFP Professionals must take each course in it’s entirety, the CFP Board DOES NOT accept partial credits for courses.

Meet The Experts

Steven M. Bragg, CPA, is a full-time book and course author who has written more than 300 business books and courses. He provides Western CPE with self-study courses in the areas of accounting and finance, with an emphasis on the practical application of accounting standards and management techniques. A sampling of his courses include the The New Controller Guidebook, The GAAP Guidebook, Accountants’ Guidebook, and Closing the Books: An Accountant’s Guide. He also manages the Accounting Best Practices podcast. Steven has been the CFO or controller of both public and private companies and has been a consulting manager with Ernst & Young and …