The Fold Woman: Prioritising Your Time

The Fold Woman: Prioritising Your Time
December 8, 2016 The Fold

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How to prioritise your workload

 

Five inspirational Fold Women of 2016 share their top tips and advice on how
to prioritise your workload and efficiently manage your time.

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I’ve taken to doing daily ‘To Do’ lists but have broken down into 3 columns – Work, Home/Family and Me. I’m finding that this really helps and writing it each morning and checking-off each evening is very healthy.

– Amelia Torode, Chief Strategy Officer, TBWALondon

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There is only so much time you can spend working every day or other things will suffer; whether that’s your health, your relationship/family or your happiness. You need to work with the 2D’s (as I call them): Delegate & De-prioritise. Figure out what you can outsource or give to someone else in the team who might not be as busy as you are (or potentially faster in doing it). De-prioritise what isn’t time-critical; this often means talking about your workload openly with the team and potentially your boss to jointly agree what can be postponed to a later point in time (in my experience, women shy away from that discussion too often, they’re scared that people will think they aren’t working enough).

– Dr. Manuela Rabener, Co-Founder and CMO Scalable Capital

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My top tip for managing workload over the festive period is starting early. I started jotting down ideas for Christmas presents in October and buy a few presents on the internet most evenings, so that I should be pretty much sorted by December. I’ve been doing this for a few years now, and it means that I actually get to enjoy the run up to Christmas, knowing that I have things under control at home, and can cope with the extra demands of social and networking events at work, plus the inevitable extra school commitments.

– Liz Perks, Partner, Haberman Ilett

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I have very strict boundaries about what I can and cannot do. For example, I do all my Christmas shopping online and have presents delivered directly to the recipients, already wrapped. This can be done from the comfort of my home, avoiding the horrendous crowds altogether. I am also realistic about what I can and cannot get done work-wise before the holidays and differentiate the ‘must-haves’ from the ‘nice-to-haves’. The other thing I avoid is the constant requests from friends to ‘meet up for a drink before Xmas’. I am much happier catching up early in the new year when there is less time pressure!

– Funke Abimbola, General Counsel & Company Secretary

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You should be absolutely ruthless on your top three priorities as a business. Focus all energy and time into them alone, go through a sharing exercise to understand how each function will deliver these three things and then question all other work. If it doesn’t contribute to the three goals – bin/park it immediately. And have fun, it is Christmas after all!

– Emma Heal, Retail Director, Graze.com

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