Regain control with six simple time-management tips

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Many of us feel that we just don’t have time to do all the things we would like to. This can be overwhelming and detrimental to your health. It may also leave you feeling that you are not in control of your life.

The NHS (via Twitter) has recently highlighted how good time-management can address this by helping you feel more relaxed and in control of your life again.

Read the NHS’ time-management tips below:

    1. Work out your goals
      Identifying long-term goals can help you plan better and focus on appropriate medium-term and short-term goals.
    2. Make a list
      To-do lists are a great way to stay organised. Make sure your list is somewhere you will see it often (for example, on your phone).
    3. Focus on results
      Concentrate on results not how busy you are. Spending more time on something doesn’t necessarily achieve more.
    4. Have a lunch break
      Working through your lunch break can be counter productive. Taking at least 30 minutes away will help you be more productive in the afternoon.
    5. Prioritise important tasks
      Categorise tasks in order of importance. Tasks can be grouped into four categories: ‘urgent and important’, ‘not urgent but important’, ‘urgent but not important’ and ‘neither urgent nor important’.
    6. Practise the four ‘D’s’
      Many people suffer from email stress. Making a decision the first time you open an email is crucial for good time-management. The four D’s for dealing with emails are:

      • Delete – you can probably delete half your emails immediately.
      • Do – if the email is urgent and can be completed quickly.
      • Delegate – if the email can be dealt with by someone else.
      • Defer – set aside time later to spend on emails that require longer action.

 

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