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Create To-Do Lists: To-Do lists are extremely handy when trying to schedule all of the many errands or meetings you need to attend. Start by jotting down all of the day’s goals which you wish to achieve, and then re-write them in a numerical list format, starting with those you want to complete more urgently at the top. Try to focus on each list point and completing just one point at a time, rather than focusing on the whole day. Differentiate Between Urgent and Important: Very often people who become stressed tend to blur the line between items which are ‘important’ and items which are ‘urgent’. This is usually because poor time management skills have resulted in important items not being attended to and thus becoming urgent as well. A handy trick is to note which items on your daily sched- ule are: Important, Urgent, Important but not urgent, or Urgent but not Important. Be clear about the difference and create folders or a symbol scheme (e.g. ‘*’ means Important, ‘#’ means Urgent etc.) so you can easily recognise what needs to be done and when. Delegate: No one can do everything, all the time. It is just not possible. So why do we expect this from ourselves on a daily basis? Creating this impossible-to-achieve threshold is another catalyst for time-related stress. Learn how to delegate your tasks to those who may have more experience in a certain area, or who may be able to offer an insight you did not know was lacking. By doing so, you are able to tick off a box mentally (or on your To-Do list) and begin your next task. By incorporating these small changes into your everyday life, you will be able to understand the difference between quality and quantity of time spent on tasks as well as create more time for yourself to enjoy your own personal pursuits. Remember, time management shouldn’t take your time, but rather make extra time for you. Stay Ahead with Securitas Ireland - April 2019 | 23