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Blog spotlight: Time management tips to increase energy and improve performance

Nurse Leader Insider, November 17, 2008

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This week, Debra Nussdorfer, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, ANCC Magnet Recognition Program® coordinator at Penrose St. Francis Health Systems in Colorado Springs, CO, shares some tips to help us manage and make the most of our time:

Do you feel like everyone and everything is vying for your attention? Is your to-do list growing, calendar bulging, and are your deadlines looming? Regardless of the overload of responsibilities that await you, you can increase the energy and mental performance you put into each and every day. Here are some of my best tips to help you manage your time:

  1. Be opportunistic. Build a network of colleagues to share best practices. Consider how many people attend a management meeting. Take turns writing the [department] newsletter with the management team for all units. Do walking meetings. Being aware of overall goals allows one to seize an opportunity when it presents itself.
  2. Be proactive. Use language like "I need 10 minutes within the next week to ..." or "I have five minutes. Can we accomplish ...?" to set time boundaries and negotiate time extensions.
  3. Reduce information overload. Choose journals and e-mail subscriptions judiciously.

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