Constant ‘Busyness’

Planned maintenance programmes acknowledge the fact that machinery needs regular repair and maintenance, if it is to function correctly with optimum productivity.

You are more complex and sensitive than any machine. You also need regular periods of relaxation and recovery to recharge your batteries if you are to perform at your best at work and be nice to be around at home.

These days’ people are working longer and harder than before. Cutbacks, cost cutting, reorganisation, rationalisation, increasing the retirement age, lower wages, job insecurity, instant communication technology, rapidly changing work environments, higher expectations and more emphasis on using outcomes and targets, protocols and directives all add to the dissatisfaction, low feelings of accomplishment and stress in our professional lives.

Add to this the effort, pressures and tensions in your personal life – caring for elderly parents, looking after a disabled child, supporting adolescents through a complex and demanding period, anxiety, low moods, illness, coping with a lack of sleep, supporting friends and partners through a crisis, little or no family or domestic support, sorting out bills, home improvements, maintenance and repairs, planning holidays, Christmas and other special events, even deciding what to have for tea! The list is endless.

Time Flies

The truth is that there is only a fixed amount of time in each day and week. Your whole life is limited by the amount of time you have and no amount of clever time management tips will change that.

Therefore it is important that we make best use of the time – and energy – available to us. As the saying goes…waste your time wisely. 😊

Research shows that your brain is around 70% more active when you are not ‘doing’. You need to take time out to allow your mind and body to adapt, process and regenerate.

It is not the time you spend ‘doing’ that makes you efficient, it is the time you take to allow your mind, body and psyche to recover that will make a difference to your ability to stay healthy and maintain your energy over a longer period of time.

Diary time for yourself. You decide how long and when. My suggestion would be to start with regular, short periods every day.

Prioritise Yourself    

The secret to achieving whatever you want in life is to decide what you want to do, make a plan of action and then DO IT! Breaking it down into small manageable chunks is essential. Remember the old joke – the way to eat an elephant is one chunk at a time.

Instead of prioritising tasks, spend some time focusing on your personal priorities. Consider your personal development, health, happiness, training, education, career development, sleep patterns, quality family time, work and personal relationships relaxation, exercise, creativity, leisure interests and hobbies etc.


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