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Without exception, all of us face pressures of time while at work. Time is one of the most significant causes of work-related stress.

Here’s how we react to different aspects of time:

  • We tend to panic if we feel we do not have enough time
  • We tend to get angry or feel guilty if time is wasted
  • We tend to get impatient and are frustrated when our work is interrupted
  • We tend to worry or be overly anxious if we are nor given enough time
  • We tend to feel anxious if we are not on time
  • We tend to get bored if we have too much time on our hands!

I have found the “Top Ten” to be very useful in managing my work. The “Top Ten” as the name suggests, is a simple listing og the ten most important and urgent things you need to do for any given day. It is drawn up either first thing in the morning or better still, done in the evening for the next work day.

“To Do” lists are handy to use but I observe that they can become altogether too consuming. I have known people to spend so much time studying, arranging and re-arranging their “To Do” lists that this activity itself becomes a disproportionately huge time guzzler.

The items not completed in a day in the “Top Ten” are carried forward from day to day. It is necessary to check why an item continues to appear, for say 3 days on the trot. Was that item not that important or were we procrastinating? The “Top Ten” gives you focus and forces you to stay on the task till you complete the most important or urgent activities for a day.

I was once asked, does this mean we will do no other task that day. Obviously not. We would certainly do many more tasks – but our principal focus and energies will be on working on the “Top Ten”. Lunch may not figure on our daily ‘Top Ten” but we do need to eat, don’t we?

I would urge you to try the “Top Ten”. I am sure you will find it as beneficial to you as it has been for many including me.

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