Prioritise Tasks at The Hotel – Training Game


Time is a limited resource for many people. Understanding how to prioritise tasks and invest our time on the right things can be a challenge. Where will you get the best return? What is a priority versus a nice to have? The Hotel is a great game to help cut through the noise and focus on the things that matter.


Prioritise Tasks at The Hotel Objectives

To get your delegates to think about how they invest their time, giving them the confidence to prioritise tasks by focusing on what’s urgent and what’s important. This is a game that ensures your delegates understand how to gain the greatest return on investment for the time they put in.

Group Size

  • Maximum of eight

Prioritise Tasks at The Hotel Instructions

Split the group into two teams.

Explain that you are going to play a game that focuses on how they prioritise tasks in order to get the best return for the time they invest. The objective of the game is for the delegates to agree on how they will spend that most precious of resources – time!

Explain the brief, and then hand each team a copy:

  • You run a small, successful 30-bedroom hotel in central Leeds
  • The hotel is full tonight, and you are off on a two-week holiday at 5.30 p.m. Your flight is at 7.30 p.m. and you are determined to be on that plane, confident that everything will be alright in your absence
  • It is Sunday the 21st of May at 10.20 a.m. and you have just finished breakfast service. You have several tasks to complete today, but you don’t know how you can fit everything in. Your partner is busy with their own work and packing, etc., so they can’t help you. You have a Bar Manager who will start work at 11.30 a.m.
  • Your Administration Manager and the Chef are already at work, but you are aware that they are both very busy today and you are reluctant to add to their workload.
  • The Administration Manager is doing some important developmental work on the hotel’s website, the Chef and the Bar Manager are both working on a stock-take
  • In your group, use the headers provided to develop a plan to achieve the tasks on the cards provided and ensure that you are ready for your taxi to Manchester Airport at 5.30 p.m.

Hand the teams the task statements and header forms.

You have ten minutes to come up with your answers.


  • Full instructions for running the training game, including task list
  • Full debrief instructions, including questions to encourage debate and participation
  • Explanation to support learning outcomes


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