Planning & Prioritizing for Change and Agility: New tactics for the new game

Staying Focused, Energized and Productive.

Most people, when faced with change, uncertainty and pressure to go faster, plan less. Yet the productive, agile response is to stop, think and plan more. This highly engaging session will provide you with immensely practical planning strategies to help you manage your priorities, your time and your energy in the new game of constant change and hybrid work.

The virtual version of this course is 90-120 minutes & the in-person version is 2-3 hours.

Priority Mapping (intermediate planning).

  • Stopping, thinking and adjusting for change. Reconciling changing priorities with long term strategy and direction. 
  • Creating a Priority Map. Translating our longer term strategic priorities into a clear, meaningful, actionable plan for the month ahead.
  • Ensuring that we’re aligned with our Leader and Team. How to proactively use powerful aligning questions to ensure that we’re clear & confident about where to focus our efforts (and where not to focus our efforts). 

Paying Priorities First (weekly/daily planning).

  • Smart Time Blocking. How to apply smart time blocking strategies to carve out time for our key strategic priorities. (instead of waiting for a “good time” when there’s nothing else to do, and no more change or uncertainty.)
  • Designing your ideal daily planning routine: to support yourself in staying focused, connected and energized.
  • Planning your work-at-home day vs your work in the office day. They’re not the same and we’ll show you how to best plan for each. 

Triaging change. How to prioritize, and if necessary, push back on, some incoming tasks, requests and issues.

  • Resisting the Noise. How to “resist the noise” of technology (email, IM, Social Media) and create small windows of high quality, undistracted focus time.
  • Best Practices to help us negotiate and, when necessary, deliver a positive, diplomatic push back on some lower priority requests.
Doug Heidebrecht


I help teams and individuals do more with less, reduce stress and carve out more time for their true priorities.