Time Management

Everybody has just 24 hours in every day. Why is it that some people seem to achieve much more than others with their allotted time?

Particularly in a research environment it is likely that there will never be enough time to do everything. This time management workshop will give you the tools to help you to choose the most important things when all things seem important.

We will consider different ways to assess priorities, to deal with timewasters, manage deadlines, identify the major drains on your time or energies and explore different tools to structure your use of time and resources.

The course will also allow participants to develop their own work-life balance and to reflect on how they choose to spend their time.

As a result of this workshop participants will have tools to

  • Prioritise what they choose to do
  • Streamline their use of time
  • Become more effective
  • Define their own work-life balance
  • Understand the difference between important and urgent

See Comments from previous participants below or return to the Workshops Page:

This was one of the best and most useful workshops I have attended.
It offered insight into our attitudes and how this affects our use of time and some excellent practical strategies that are easy to implement e.g. re emails, diaries, dealing with requests. Margaret’s presentation was just the right pace and structure. I found the handout extremely useful and have already found benefits in terms of using new strategies.


I would like to thank you for the time management workshop which was probably the best 3 hours training I have ever spent. I came away with really practical solutions that enabled me to go back into the office with a clear plan for change. My day was energised by a sense of focus because rather than the day controlling me, I feel that I have a strategy that enables me to manage my day and get the job done.

For some reason the way you presented the session meant that I remembered the information and this information has kept coming to mind to keep me on task. I have shared what I have learned with lots of other people and I will be eating frogs at the start of every day until the supply runs out.

Mevalyn Cross

Your workshops were really helpful. I learnt so much about myself that day and feel I also picked up a lot of things that have the potential to help me if I now just take the time to put them into practise! I tried using serial-single tasking properly for the first time yesterday – I had several fairly big (but boring) jobs to do, that I had been putting off so felt I really needed to get them done, and serial-single tasking actually really helped, as I then knew I only had to do a particular task for a short time before I could move to something else; but I actually found myself getting into what I was doing and not wanting to change tasks when the time was up!
R Gee