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10 tips for keeping to time

1 Plan your day with the expectation that something unexpected will happen.

1 Plan your day with the expectation that something unexpected will happen.

2 The best way to finish a surgery on time is to start it on time.

3 Focus on the important rather than the urgent – if something is urgent but unimportant, why prioritise it?

4 If something doesn't have a deadline, you probably won't do it – so get one.

5 Try to clear your desk every day – you'll feel much better the next day.

6 E-mail can be wonderfully efficient, but not if you look at your e-mails umpteen times a day. Be disciplined.

7 Learn to delegate – you can't do everything yourself…

8 … but be careful about what gets delegated to you if you are already snowed under.

9 Try to handle each piece of paper just once – either act on it, delegate it, file it, or bin it – but don't put it on a pile to read later. You know you won't.

10 Reading a good book on time management can be a great use of time.

Professor David Haslam is a PMETB board member and president of the RCGP

10 tips for keeping to time Ten tips for keeping to time

1 Plan your day with the expectation that something unexpected will happen.
2 The best way to finish a surgery on time is to start iton time.
3 Focus on the important rather than the urgent – if something is urgent but unimportant, why prioritise it?
4 If something doesn't have a deadline, you probably won't do it – so get one.
5 Try to clear your desk every day – you'll feel much better the next day.
6 E-mail can be wonderfully efficient, but not if you look at your e-mails umpteen times a day. Be disciplined.
7 Learn to delegate – you can't do everything yourself…
8 … but be careful about what gets delegated to you if you are already snowed under.
9 Try to handle each piece of paper just once – either act on it, delegate it, file it, or bin it – but don't put it on a pile to read later. You know you won't.
10 Reading a good book on time management can be a great use of time.

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