Managing Time, Multiple Priorities and Interruptions

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For registration assistance: 608-262-2451


Learn to identify behaviors and create strategies that help you manage multiple priorities and handle interruptions so you are more effective at work. We cover the myth of multitasking, how daily goals and objectives lead to success, strategies and best practices in putting out fires, doing more than one job, meeting madness and how to limit interruptions. Additional time is spent discussing new technology that can help increase daily effectiveness and achieve a better life-work balance.

This program will be a mix of self-directed learning in Canvas and one live online session using the Zoom platform. The self-directed learning exercises will be available in Canvas two weeks before the live session and should be completed before that date.


The purpose of this class is to help you identify behaviors and strategies that will help you manage your time, prioritize tasks and handle interruptions to increase your effectiveness in the workplace.

Desired learning outcomes

By the end of this class, participants should be able to:

  1. Explain why multitasking is a myth.
  2. Describe their current time management skills through assessments.
  3. Explain the three main components of time management: the uncontrollable, personal effectiveness and team effectiveness.
  4. Explain the importance of focusing on both long- and short-term goals.
  5. Develop a prioritization system that honors how they work.
  6. Employ tips and techniques to help with procrastination, interruptions and how to say "no" well.
  7. Develop a better system for email and how to communicate more effectively.
  8. Organize space to remove clutter.
  9. Explain the importance of work/life balance and identify strategies to achieve it.

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Overview: Extra Information

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Division of Continuing Studies is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.

Earn Continuing Education Hours

By participating in this class you will earn:

Instructional Hours 6
University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Units .6

Explanation of Continuing Education Hours

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Contact Laura Kahl at laura.kahl@wisc.edu

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Email registrations@pyle.wisc.edu or call 608-262-2451.

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Meet your instructor

Michael Leitz

MICHAEL LEITZ (DMIN, Lincoln Christian Univ.) is the owner of a consulting company and has worked as a trainer, consultant and keynote speaker since 2007. He is a Wiley Everything DiSC, Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, and Agile EQ solutions provider.  His areas of expertise include time management, generations in the workplace, leadership development, management and executive coaching, conflict resolution, and presentation skills. Michael enjoys speaking on various topics, be it in a workshop format or as a keynote. He has had the pleasure of contracting with many wonderful organizations such as The Montana Bankers Association, Harley Davidson World Headquarters, SVA, Horicon Bank, The University of Wisconsin, Madison to teach in their continuing education department, and The Wis. Department of Workforce Development.

What Attendees Are Saying

I really like the class I feel more motivated with the all information I get it. Is very helpful also to know other apps you can use in your work or in your personal life to improve your life and work
Alejandra Munoz, Literacy Network
This class provided me with opportunities to learn time management and prioritization techniques and tools from both the instructor and my peers. It was well-facilitated and the content was engaging. It was valuable to set aside the day to focus on strategies that will pay off in the future.
Kim Nolet, UW–Madison
I found this training to be especially helpful as I was able to learn and connect with others who struggle with similar challenges in managing time, priorities, and interruptions. You are able to personalize the content to see insights into your behaviors to ultimately help you create a plan to improve. I highly recommend it!
Maureen Muldoon, UW–Madison
Clear info, practical ideas, great instructor, group discussion and sharing.
Email rehab!
Many, many strategies that overall make a valuable plan for moving forward.
Variety of techniques covered — lots of things to try. Nice to have everything covered in one day.
This course gave me the tools to manage my time more effectively at work, feel more accomplished at the end of the day and set boundaries for my work and personal time. These are strategies that can be used in any situation and I know that I will refer back to them for years to come!