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Key skills: making a difference
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3.4.1 Manage your time effectively

The aim here is to develop good work habits and time-management practices. These are often a matter of developing the right attitudes towards your work and towards your time.

Here are 10 tips to help you look at your time management:

  1. establish goals and targets;

  2. work smarter, not harder; value your time;

  3. avoid attempting too much;

  4. carefully schedule activities, allowing time for emergencies, minimising interruption, using ‘energy peaks’ and scheduling similar tasks together;

  5. stay in control of paper work and electronic work;

  6. minimise day dreaming;

  7. use a time log to track time wasting;

  8. use a time limit for certain tasks;

  9. be decisive and finish things;

  10. work at a steady pace and review progress regularly.

Time out

Keep a log of your learning to help you reflect on how you manage your time. Do you feel you are managing your time effectively? Note how you deal with emergencies and unexpected demands and how you prioritise your tasks and time. Are you able to set and meet deadlines? How do you deal with a situation where you are not able to meet a deadline?