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Staying on Track: Time and Self Management


As COVID continues to impact our lives and our work environments, it can be difficult to stay focused on our work. It can feel like there is not much to be done to solve these challenges, but there are actions you can take to get  back on track.

In this course, you will learn key insights into the art of self-management and the key factors that directly influence how you manage your time and attention. Some of the topics we will explore in this highly interactive and hands-on learning program include:

  • Common time/self-management challenges and how to overcome them
  • The key components of effective self-management
  • Analyzing the importance and urgency of your daily activities to make the best decisions for focusing your attention
  • The biggest and most transformative secret to time management
  • Classic time stealers – and how to deal with each
  • Sixteen top tips for managing your life and time

You will leave this session with a set of tools and approaches for restoring a sanity and balance to your work and life and a thoughtful plan for making this happen.


Some of the concepts were already familiar to me, but with the emphasis on shifting the paradigm from time management to self management, I realized just how quickly some of the ideas and techniques could be implemented in my life and work for immediate positive impact. This was my second course through SBDC (both online) and I found it very enjoyable and informative, even in the less-than-ideal online format. Heather Ferguson coordinated everything expertly and Jeffrey fostered a learning environment that was focused yet fun and organic. A+

Jason Gates, Estimator, Paul Davis Restoration of South Central Wisconsin



Location: Online (link will be sent to registered participants)

Schedule: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm each day

Dates: May 10, 11 & 12, 2021 (participants must attend all 3 days)

Fee:  This $269 course is being offered at no cost to participants due to the support of CARES Act funding



Disability Statement: Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the UW-Madison SBDC office at to request accommodations.



The Small Business Development Center at UW Madison is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®.


Jeff Russell, Russell Consulting

Jeff Russell

Jeff Russell, (MS, UW-Madison) co-director of Russell Consulting, Inc., specializes in helping organizations achieve their goals by successfully responding to the challenges of continuous change. With a focus on leadership, strategic thinking, leading change, and performance coaching, Jeff has guided organizations as diverse as Fortune 500 firms, social and public sector organizations, and small family businesses toward their goals. Jeff received his Masters Degree in Industrial Relations from the UW-Madison where he serves as an ad hoc faculty member for the Small Business Development Center. Jeff also is an adjunct faculty member at UW-Milwaukee, and UWLaCrosse.

Jeff and his wife and business partner Linda have co-authored nine books. Recent publications include: Change Training, Strategic Planning Training, Change Basics, Strategic Planning 101, Ultimate Performance Management, and, most recently, Fearless Performance Reviews (McGraw-Hill, 2012). For more information on Jeff and his work, visit Russell Consulting, Inc.’s website at