Icebreakers – Time Management

Of these sayings (have them printed on flip chart paper), which one best typifies the way you approach work?

  • Good things come to those who wait.
  • Birds of a feather, flock at the water cooler.
  • A stitch in time saves nine.
  • Too many men giving projects, not enough time.
  • He who hesitates is lost.


Lyndon B. Johnson said, “Heck, by the time a man scratches his behind, clears his throat and tells me how smart he is, we’ve already wasted 15 minutes.”

What is your biggest time waster pet peeve?

Imagine you opened three fortune cookies. Which of the three messages would you most want to have as your motto for time management change?

  • Confucius says, “Five minutes in the hand is worth an hour next week.”
  • Confucius says, “Spare the to-do list and spoil the day.”
  • Confucius says, “Nothing started, nothing finished.”


Abraham Lincoln said, “Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time.” Why do you agree or disagree with his statement?

  • Meeting deadlines;
  • Prioritizing;
  • Starting projects early; or
  • Taking time to plan.

Which one is treated as a joke in your organization?

Dan gives advice to people with relationship problems. Some of his articles in his “Dear Dan” column have been titled:

  • The Way of the Jerk;
  • Beyond Coffee Talk;
  • Doing the ‘Should’ Shuffle;
  • He Who Hesitates; and
  • The Great Pretender.

Which one sounds like Dan was talking about something causing you time management grief? Explain.

Frank Zappa said, “Without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of boring production deadlines or dates by which bills must be paid.” What do you use to decorate time?

If your worst time management habit came to life as a movie villain, who would it be? Explain.

Carl Sandburg once said, “Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.”

Write down three ways that you’ve let other people spend your time for you. Which one do you most hope this workshop will help you change?

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