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Total, Relaxed Organization™ FAQs

Online Training Questions

Remote Coaching Questions

Questions about Total, Relaxed Organization

TRO and Getting Things Done

21 Day Follow-Up & Accountability

Cost and Upgrades

On-Site Coaching

Getting More Information

Online Training Questions

How long is my access to TRO Online training valid for?

You will be able to access your TRO Online Training for a full year after you start your training. This lets you use your TRO Online Training as a post-training reference.

What training tools do you support?

Click here for a complete list, plus other options.

Where is my TRO Online Training credit?

Your TRO Online Training credit is stored inside the training system. To see and use your credits:

  • Go to the TRO Online Training Login page and create a new TRO Online Training account using the email address of your order. Log in, start a new training, and you will be able to apply your credit to that training.
  • Or, after creating your online account, log in and go to the Trainings > Training Credits menu. There you may view and reassign credits to anyone.
  • Log in to the Priacta store and select My TRO Training Credits on the left. You can view all your credits there.

Trouble logging in or using TRO Online Training

Problems are rare. However, if something isn't working for you, click here for the latest help and troubleshooting tips.

Remote Coaching Questions

How does Remote Coaching work?

It's an amazing, Priacta-pioneered process. You send quick digital images of your workspace to your coach (including the insides of drawers and under your desk!) Your coach uses those pictures as a map to ask the right questions and help you create your new workflow. ("Tell me about that pile of papers on the shelf behind you....") Then the coach uses world-class remote desktop sharing tools and your own web browser to walk you through software setup and watch you as you process tasks, emails, projects, etc. All you need is a speakerphone or bluetooth headset and a smartphone for snapshots. No webcam required.

How well does Remote Coaching work?

It works brilliantly. It has proven just as effective as on-site training at roughly 1/3 the cost. It works because: 1) you prepare just a bit before being coached, 2) your training can take place over several days, 3) you are looking at the papers on your desk instead of the coach's face, and 4) the coach doesn't get in the way physically as you move around and use your keyboard (both of you can be "at the keyboard" at the same time).

What if I use special software or tools?

The TRO Online Training is customized automatically for a growing number of task managers, calendars, email clients, smartphones and tablets. Your coach is an expert in all these tools. If your tools aren't yet directly supported, TRO Online Training (and your coach) tells you how to choose the best methods for the tools you have.

Questions about Total, Relaxed Organization

Call 1-888-PRIACTA (1-888-774-2282; or 1-925-587-5067 outside US/Canada).

What is Total, Relaxed Organization (TRO)?

It is life-changing personal and team productivity. See this detailed description. See also TRO and Getting Things Done.

I don't use Windows or Outlook. Can you train me?

Yes! We actively train on Mac, paper planners, smart phones, or any TRO-capable tools of your choosing. TRO works with almost any platform.

Do I need to use a particular planner or software?

No. We train on Windows and Mac, and TRO works with most planners and tools: Franklin Covey, Day Runner, Outlook, paper lists, your favorite GTD software, smartphones, PDAs, Tablet PCs—use what fits you best. We research and train on a wide range of software. However, some tools have definite advantages over others, so discuss your needs with a coach. We'll adapt the training to fit your tools and style.

Will TRO training try to change me?

We (and you) build your solution around you. Total, Relaxed Organization is not a one-size-fits-all approach. We help you adapt sound principles to the natural flow of your day. Because your personal systems will match the way you work, the results feel natural and the training sticks.

That said, TRO Training is about lasting change, so you will learn new principles and apply new skills. Without such positive changes, nothing in the world can remove the stress of poorly managed time.

See the Results

    • “... a total system you can depend on and trust.... Thanks for giving me the help and encouragement to 'get things done' in a highly organized system.”
      Bill Dabney, Orthodontist
    • “The training is really going great and the whole system makes so much sense.... It is really great to know that there is support for the product on the other side of my monitor. Keep it up.”
      Kitt Langkilde
    • “I am loving it! All the little things I knew about organization now make sense.”
      Kathleen Rhodes, Perfectly Connected
    • “A remarkably comprehensive time management approach. Priacta's coaching is very effective, and they aren't satisfied until the client is. I'm sure we will enjoy the benefits of TRO training for years to come.”
      Roy Lambertson, Manager, More Than Moving for Seniors
    • “I'm 10X more organized and clear headed.... You took me through this shift in my life one step at a time and went beyond what was expected countless times. A true class act.”
      Derek Viveiros, Marketing Coach, Maverick Marketing Systems
    • “Thank you! You are literally changing my life!”
      Chris Elam, Artistic Director and Choreographer, Misnomer Dance Theater
    • “I have been trying systems for thirty years. This is the first time I found something that has given me this much of a sense of control and has met my needs as an application developer-business owner-consultant-employee.”
      Eric Eckberg, Solo Developer and GTD Enthusiast
    • “... a solid time management system and training that really changed my personal productivity.”
      schottyd on Download.com
    • “Cuts through a whole mountain of time management consultant blather.”
      Jim Phipps, President, Aquastruct
    • “I love my job, but I was feeling so stressed out that I was feeling a sense of dread about going to work. My stress was carrying over to my family, and my wife wisely intervened by contacting Priacta. I felt confident the TRO system would work because of the professional coach and the step-by-step process.... [Now] I am nearly stress free.... I recommend TRO to anyone whose life seems spiraling out of control. I have tried books, instructional DVDs, and workshops, and none of these worked. TRO delivered as promised.”
      Keith Whitworth, Ph.D.
    • “[TRO Online Training] changed the way I work, and almost three months later, I'm still using the techniques that I learned. The course is based on Getting Things Done.... Well organized and clearly written....”
      Debra Dalgleish, 10 Hours to an Organized Office, Contextures blog.
    • “Thank you for the training course. I’ve been using a half-hearted implementation of GTD for over a year.... [After] the training course for TRO ... I have much more faith in my system. Thanks for helping me get organised!”
      Kate Hudson, Freelance Web Designer/Developer, Owner, www.goalorganiser.com
    • “You immediately get productive.... TRO can be described as GTD on steroids combined with a step by step plan for implementing [the] system....”
      Eric Eckberg, Solo Developer and GTD Enthusiast
    • “I'm billing more time, going home early, and sleeping better than I have in years.”
      Stephen Lewis, Attorney, Spinella Owings & Shaia
    • “I no longer feel intimidated when I walk into my office.”
      Ron Rominiecki, Owner, Snapfinger Catering
    • “The system is by far the best I've found! I have tried GTD on its own, I have tried Take Back Your Life, and they don't compare.... The online training, the 21 day follow-up and the help from your coaches is absolutely fantastic! I've started to delegate a lot more work out to my team, and they appreciate the follow-up and feedback.”
      Shaun Dicker, Manager/Developer, shaundicker.tumblr.com
    • “Thank you again for all your great coaching.... I have about 550 tasks [and] I am in control of them.... This is the first time in my career that my office has been so focused and clean. I could actually work in a much smaller office now! Don't tell my boss. What you do makes a huge difference in the lives of those you help.”
      Jordan McCollum, VP, Major Multinational Corporation
    • “Yesterday I purchased your Online Training option. I am delighted with the product and have found it, and the TROG Bar, really excellent.”
      David Border, ADAS UK
    • “I call TRO 'GTD++', but that's a gross understatement. It extends GTD in so many ways... Highly recommended.”
      Ed Wunder, IT Expert
    • “I am amazed at end of day that I finished my daily tasks and even have time to do one or two others at times or do some extra processing. Thanks!”
      Julie Urban, Director of Software Development, Symantec, LinkedIn Profile
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    TRO and Getting Things Done

    How is TRO related to Getting Things Done by David Allen?

    David Allen's Getting Things Done is a contextual productivity system (organizes tasks by context or situation). If you've tried it and see its incredible potential, you'll especially appreciate Total, Relaxed Organization by Priacta.

    TRO is the next generation of contextual productivity. TRO unifies and improves on the best ideas from many great thinkers like Allen and Covey, with GTD-inspired principles as its foundation. TRO gives you the best of all these worlds and more, yet it is simple to use.

    What are the specific advantages of the TRO approach?

    Total, Relaxed Organization takes GTD-type principles to a whole new level of ease and power:

    • No Massive Pile to Process. David Allen tells you to put everything in a giant pile and process it all before you start to feel control. It's too daunting. TRO gives you much faster visibility and control.
    • No Scanning Long Lists. Traditional GTD-style lists are unprioritized and huge. TRO fixes that without sacrificing the "mind like water" benefits of GTD. Choosing next actions is almost automatic!
    • No 1-Hour Weekly Reviews. TRO weekly reviews so they are just 5 minutes and fun! By contrast, standard GTD weekly reviews are 1+ hour and stressful; most people just won't do them.
    • Automatic Follow-Up. TRO "Waiting For" items don't require separate tracking and reviewing like they do in GTD. They automatically stay on track. Plus, TRO trainees regularly report back to you without nagging.
    • Stop "Falling off the Wagon." TRO teaches an easier, self-rewarding approach, then follows up tenaciously until your habits are second nature [click here for live proof].
    • Relax in a Crisis. TRO isn't a treadmill. You'll learn powerful strategies for bloated inboxes or work surges where typical GTD-style "processing" becomes overwhelming.
    • Balance Your Life Naturally. With TRO, harmonizing all areas of your life is simple and natural.
    • Goals and Projects Stay on Track Automatically. Focus naturally on your Most Profitable Activities. You move almost unconsciously towards your highest goals. No need to scan a huge Projects list!
    • Productive Right Now. Unlike GTD, which usually takes some time to master, TRO gets you fully trained and in control in one day (full-time) or a few days (part-time). You actually get work done as you learn.
    • Step-by-Step Directions. Precise instructions give you a simplified approach with no guesswork, no false starts, and no hunting for solutions.
    • Tool-Smart. Instead of GTD's "tool agnostic" approach, TRO explains exactly how to put your exact combination of task manager, smart phone, calendar, and email system to work. You'll know the exact features to use, how to sync tasks to your smart phone, how to adapt for your smart phone, etc. (The tool combination is important—a simple list of instructions for your task list isn't enough.)
    • Email with Less Stress. Email processing is fast, fun, and relaxing. Your email communication channel stays unclogged; tasks are captured quickly. Easy "Inbox zero."
    • Greater Sense of Accomplishment. TRO automatically gives you a short daily punch list. You see what you know you need to do, so you have a strong sense of accomplishment.
    • No Wondering "How?" Expert coaching or coach backup (you choose) is just a call or email away. "Call in the cavalry" at any time for mentoring and answers.
    • All the Answers. TRO training includes details for tough situations where you are usually left hanging, like filing unusual project support items, processing client/prospect files, tackling complex research project files, and retiring strange piles of "stuff."
    • Don't Shock Your Wallet. A wide range of TRO self-training and coaching options meet all needs and budgets, from CEOs and executive teams to students.
    • Guaranteed! TRO is backed by Priacta's Total Satisfaction, 60-Day Money-Back Guarantee.

    Read our client testimonials for a better idea of what this can mean for you.*

    Also, see our white paper: TRO and GTD: How is TRO Related to GTD?

    21 Day Follow-Up & Accountability

    Why is "21 Day Follow-Up" important?

    21 day follow-up turns your new TRO workflow into relaxed, refreshing habit. It's built into our TRO Online Training:

    • It ensures proper, lasting habits as you follow your new routine daily.
    • It supplements and follows up on any coaching.
    • It assures these typical results.

    Does a coach help with the follow up?

    We strongly recommend it. Adding a coach makes a huge difference:

    • You have a "lifeline" to your coach for any problems or questions (Skype, email, phone),
    • They hold you accountable as you master your new habits.
    • You get the best possible change, as quickly as possible.

    To add a coach, choose or upgrade to any remote or on-site coaching option.

    When does "21 Day Follow-Up" start? How does it work?

    You decide. The option appears in the training system when you're ready. Breaks are allowed for vacations, illness, etc. You also control the starting date, work schedule, and any pauses.

    Daily 21-day follow-up emails are sent with links to your daily reports. There, you'll:

    • Measure your progress with "key indicators" (a few quick numbers).
    • Compare your progress with typical milestones. ("Am I on track?")
    • Review key TRO principles as needed.
    • Learn advanced principles for even better results at just the right time.

    It's fast, simple, and online where you can review it later. If you miss a report, you're reminded by email daily until you take care of it.

    What about conferences or breaks during the 21 days?

    Conferences, breaks, and sickness are part of real life and a real training opportunity:

    • 3-day weekends or days off aren't a problem. (Initial training sessions should be consecutive if possible.)
    • If you travel, no problem. We help you set up a new "portable office," so working, training, and follow-up on the road is even helpful.
    • A vacation of a week or less, at least one week after your training is not a problem. Put your follow-up on hold while you're gone (see above). Your inbox will grow while you're gone, but that's OK—it's good "triaging" practice. Work always has stops and starts, and your new TRO workflow will handle them.
    • If multiple week-long breaks are likely (delivery of a baby, vacations), schedule your training later, when you'll have more uninterrupted time.

    Cost, Guarantee, and Upgrades

    How much is TRO training? Is it worth it?

    Total, Relaxed Organization™ training ranges from $79 to $3350 per person, depending on your situation. It's an investment that pays you back for the rest of your life. (Average time reclaimed: 600 hours/year.) How much is that extra time worth to you, year after year?

    Is your training guaranteed?

    Yes. All Priacta products and services are backed by our Total Satisfaction, Money-Back Guarantee. You can try out TRO coaching or training with complete confidence.

    How do I see all the TRO training/coaching options?

    See here for a quick summary of options and prices, or check the Priacta store.

    How do I upgrade from one training system to another?

    Upgrading is easy. Just go to the Priacta store, select the new training you want, then choose the correct Upgrade option as you add the new training to your cart. You are charged only the difference in cost. (Prior purchase is verified during and after check out and order processing.)

    On-Site Coaching

    Where does on-site coaching take place?

    1-1 coaching happens in your own office. If you have more than one office it happens in your main workspace. Your coach carefully observes your work environment and your working style to help you make the necessary changes on the spot.

    For teams, you choose the most comfortable training setting. A conference room with a projector is ideal.

    I'm a busy person. How do I make time for this?

    You'll get a lot done. On-Site TRO Training does require that you accept no calls, no interruptions, for at least one full work day. (Remote and self-training is more flexible.) However, you will get a lot of your day-to-day work done because we take a "learning by doing" approach.

    How do you change habits in one day?

    Training lasts far beyond just the coaching session. Premium coaching includes up to 30 days of unlimited coach follow-up by Skype, email, and phone as needed to keep you on track until you "own" the system.

    Getting More Information

    Can I Talk with a Coach?

    Yes. The first session is free (up to 20 minutes, a $50 value). Call a TRO coach now at 1-888-PRIACTA (1-888-774-2282; or 1-925-587-5067 outside US/Canada).

    Ask a Coach, Free (Phone, Skype, or Email)

    Stop fiddling with tools, and start getting organized.
    Your initial consultation is free (up to 20 minutes—a $50 value).
    Call or email a Priacta coach now.
     
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