Managing Self for Optimum Performance

This work book begins by exploring how you can use time efficiently. You will see how planning, deciding priorities and setting targets can create major benefits for you, your team and your organization.

The second and third training course cover two linked topics. We first look at ways of identifying any new skills, knowledge and abilities that you need to fulfil the requirements of your job. The third training course then shows how you can plan to undertake self-development to meet these needs.

The fourth training course considers stress, exploring what we mean by stress and the effects of stress in the workplace. It then describes techniques you can use to reduce and manage stress and improve your work-life balance.

The final (5th) training course examines efficiency and effectiveness. We consider what these terms mean, how you can measure your performance and that of your team, and how you can achieve your objectives and meet the needs of your customers.


When you have completed these 5 training programs, you will be able to:

  • Use time productively to achieve your own and your team’s objectives. 
  • Identify your own self-development needs.
  • Plan and carry out your own self-development program.
  • Recognize and manage stress in yourself and your team members.
  • Balance the needs to work both efficiently and effectively.


This training work book on “Managing Self for Optimum Performance” contains 5 training courses entitled as follows:

  1. How to Manage Your Time
    This module considers how effective time management can benefit you, your team and your organization. You will see how setting and defining targets shows everyone on the team exactly what they are aiming to achieve. You will also see the benefits of assessing why you have failed to reach a particular target. Assessing failures gives useful information that you can use to improve future performance.
  2. Self-Development Needs and Opportunities
    Few people can afford to be complacent about their position at work. In a rapid changing business environment, we all need to acquire new skills and knowledge and to extend our capabilities if we are to respond to the challenges we face. 
  3. Selecting, Planning and Monitoring your Own Development Process
    There are many good managers, but no manager is perfect. We all have areas in which we could further develop our skills and knowledge
  4. Managing own stress
    Many of us claim that we are stressed-out by work, the demands of family and friends, financial problems, technology, traffic…..etc. But what is stress, what causes it and how can we manage it so that it does not affect our performance at work? This section examines the causes and impact of stress and suggests ways in which you can develop a personal stress-management plan.
  5. Effectiveness and Efficiency
    The words efficiency and effectiveness are used frequently in all organizations. But what exactly do we mean by these two words? Surely every organization will want to be efficient and effective.



This program has covered four important aspects of your own work: time management, self development, managing stress and working towards efficiency and effectiveness.

Course 1 started by looking at time management, covering the three essential skills of setting targets, prioritizing and planning. You saw how effective time management can help both you and your team to work more efficiently and effectively, gain job satisfaction and have lower stress levels. 

Course 2 and 3 were about self-development and so may relate to all of the other modules. During your study, or while working, you are likely to identify gaps where you need to acquire new skills and knowledge. The first stage of self- development involves carefully assessing, exactly what your needs are. Only then can you move to the second stage of finding suitable ways of filling those skills and knowledge gaps. Stage three is to carry out your self-development program, for example as you are doing by studying this program.

The final stage is to assess your progress and identify any points where you may need further development in the future. 

The topic of stress was covered in course 4. We started by examining the causes and impact of stress and then suggested ways in which you can develop a personal stress-management plan. Throughout we emphasized that you can take positive steps to manage stress, for example by adapting your work or improving your work-life balance. 

The final course 5 started by defining the terms efficiency and effectiveness. To be successful, a person, team or organization must ‘do things right’ and also ‘do the right things’. To increase efficiency you must think about the five input categories: people, equipment, materials, facilities, and finance. To increase effectiveness, you must make sure that the outputs you create are actually what your customers want. 

You should now have a good understanding of all four aspects of management. The key now is to combine all of your new skills and knowledge. For example, how can you reduce your own stress levels by using your time management skills and working more efficiently? How can you help others to identify their self-development needs, work more effectively, and get greater job satisfaction.