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Managing Your Time - Top Tips
Plan ahead – both short term and long term,and be realistic
about how long things will take!
Write a to-do list – best done the night before.
Prioritise your list – remember your goals or targets. Try this
1. Urgent and important (reactive/firefighting)
2. Not urgent, but important (planning ahead – ideally spend
most time here)
3. Urgent, not important (possibly requests from others)
4. Not urgent and not important (looking busy, procrastinating)
Use the 4 D’s – do it, diary it, delegate it, or dump it!
Focus, focus, focus – one thing at a time
Don’t procrastinate - do the thing that’s bugging you first! Otherwise you just 'carry' it around with you. Remind yourself how good it feels to get things done.
Keep calls short and to the point.
Resist checking emails too often - decide frequency and be strict with yourself. Turn off the 'new email' sound!
Listen carefully. And if you don't understand something, don't
waste time worrying - seek clarification!
Know your energy cycles – work with them where you can.
Wasting your time – be aware of your ‘time sappers’
Say ‘I’ll Just..’ (e.g open and name a document/get my bike out of the garage) – it can help you get started.
Don't work long hour as a regular thing. If you have to work late, stay at work rather than turn your home into a workplace.