‘I don’t know how I ever found time to work’ is something I hear often amongst friends who’ve retired.
Whether you are retired or not, sometimes there just don’t seem to be enough hours in a day. It only takes a small distraction like a phone call or email and we can completely lose track of what we were doing and that feeling of overwhelm can creep in.
Over the years I have tried a few techniques to help me get through tasks and maximise my time each day. A couple I find particularly useful are:
The Pomodoro method.
I first heard of this a couple of years ago. Set a timer for a task (choose 25 mins or 45 mins) and switch everything off (notifications, emails, etc) and work only on that task.
Even if you are working on your computer because your brain ‘knows’ you are working to a timer you don’t find yourself looking at the clock. This focussed period of working on a task really does bring great results.
When the timer goes off it’s time recharge your batteries and to reward yourself for the concentrated effort. If you’ve worked for 25 mins take a 5 min break and following 45 mins of intensive concentration, take a 15 min break. Time to do anything you’d like. Stand up, take a walk, make yourself a drink. You may have tried this already, if so, tell your friends about it. If not, give it a whirl and let us know how it went for you.
The Eisenhower method.
This is a great way to work through your to do list. Every time you add a task to your list place it into one of 4 boxes to reduce overwhelm and decide if you need to spend time on it.
This is a very clear way to make sure you’re prioritising tasks and, in the process, not doing tasks that someone else could be doing.
The Eduhealth method
When it comes to time management, you may not realise that there are ways that Eduhealth can help you. Maybe we can’t tackle your to do list, but we can save you time when it comes to matters relating to your policy.
We are here to care about your healthcare needs and share our expertise. We understand the Bupa processes and have direct contacts in Bupa so we can to assist you if you need our help. Simply give one of the Eduhealth team a call on 0345 226 9938 to discuss your questions. With your consent they will contact Bupa on your behalf if needed.
This service is only available to you as an Eduhealth member and is one of the added benefits of having your policy through us.
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