Time Management

Posted on: 9th March, 2018

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

Anna Healy is a life and business coach based in West Cork. She is available for consultations by appointment. Phone Anna on 087-2427848 www.annahealy.ie

There is a lot of talk about time management these days, both in the workplace and in the home. It appears that we have less time than before so we need to manage it better. However, the actual amount of time hasn’t changed – it is still 24 hours in the day – but what we expect from our day has changed.

For me Time management can be broken into three areas: Being prepared, Being mindful and having downtime. In this article I want to focus on Being Prepared.

Time management has never been more important when you are a mother returning to work or when you are starting out a new business or new role in the workplace. Or the person who has been in the same job for a long time and needs to shake it up a bit to declutter the mind. Poor time management can create added stress at work and at home due to feeling overwhelmed by all the things that need to be achieved each day.

So I have decided to give a few tips on time management, some you will have heard before, some might give you that ‘lightbulb’ moment and inspire you to try something a little bit different to make your life easier. Not all suggestions will suit your experience and lifestyle, it is important to do things that suit you and your family.

Be prepared

Can you remember when you had exams and the amount of preparation that you had to do for this? With any activity that you know will cause added pressure to your life, make some preparations in advance. Don’t leave it to the last minute.

Visualise what the week is going to be like for you, identify any areas that might pose a challenge and devise a plan for it. Don’t be too fixed with your plan, be prepared to adapt to any changes that occur during the week, such as an unexpected appointment or cancellation.

Evenings can be a high pressure point for families when homework, bedtimes come in quick succession. Some families cook lots of dinners over the weekend so that they don’t have to worry about cooking during the week. Having a home-cooked dinner that you can take out of the freezer is a godsend!

If you know you have an important meeting on Monday, give yourself the time during the week before to prepare for it. Block time in your calendar. Get the reports done before time, get up earlier to make sure that you are ready. It is hard to recover mentally if you are late or rushed and you are not projecting the right version of yourself.

You can apply the same principles for home life too, keep it simple and systematic. Develop a routine that everyone knows and expects. The goal is to create a stress-reduced (if not stress- free) environment. Avoid ‘lastminute.com’ as much as possible.

To help with your mindset for the day, there are lots of options. Some people swear by meditation in the morning, others writing in a journal to express your thoughts and goals of the day. Practising gratitude in the morning helps create a positive space. Some people like to be the first downstairs to enjoy the peace of the morning in order to clear their head before the ensuing challenges. Some people like to get exercise to help them feel good at the start of the day.

What is important is that do whatever works to improve your situation and makes you feel productive and positive about the day to come.

Benjamin Franklin once said ‘by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail’. What one thing are you going to do to improve how you manage your time this week?

Next month I will focus on mindfulness and how it can improve your effectiveness and time management.

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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

If you have any questions please call Marguerite McQuaid on 087 900 9494
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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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