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MAKING TIME How can you talk about time management when you’re always in a rush? Helen Burge offers some useful tips for time-pressed SBMs


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here is an irony to me writing this piece – I had to be reminded that the deadline was looming! So although I might be offering lots of ‘top tips’, I foolishly don’t always follow my own


advice. I think there is universal agreement that the first term of 2019/2020 was the busiest and most stressful term ever. I even had a day off ill, so please don’t think ‘it’s alright for her’. Like everyone else, I sit at my desk, feeling periodically overwhelmed by the ‘to do’ list. I recently took stock of my inbox and the piles of


paperwork on my desk, and thought about some wise words from the educator and public speaker known as the ‘Real David Cameron’. This David Cameron helps educators understand the ‘power they have to cut through the policies and practices that get in the way of simply doing the best possible job they can’. I’ve seen him present on leadership a few times, and have been encouraged by his unique style and delivery to consider:


n What matters n What are the ‘breakable plates’ n The ‘subtraction habit’ – if you take on X,


you minus Y Remember, some things are masquerading as a


‘breakable plate’, but are really as tough as old boots and it won’t matter if you drop them for a bit. The ‘subtraction habit’ is simply to ensure that any new workflows introduced are replacing old ones, not adding to them. I’ve made it sound really dull. Cameron gets letters to dance on the stage during his presentation, so if you’ve not seen him, prioritise booking yourself into a conference where he is speaking. Overleaf, I share the four essential rules that I try to follow in order to stay on top of everything...


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