Dr Ed Pooley joins us to share his take on time management techniques for busy individuals.
[05:38] The Importance of Maturity and Exploration in Medicine
- Entering medicine later in life can give you more experience under your belt.
- Ed also thinks it’s important to explore different processes outside of medicine.
- He examines what processes work and applies these in his practice of medicine.
[10:33] How to Manage Competing Demands
- Reflect on three types of demands: value demands, internal failure demands and external failure demands.
[18:11] Time Management Techniques on a System Level
- Personal time management techniques are essential not enough. You also need to have a systems approach.
- Recognise the system you work in and make adjustments for better results.
[21:46] Quick Ways to Address Internal Failure Demands
- GP setting: move from siloed working to outcome-based working.
- Meetings: do most of the work beforehand and use the meeting to discuss key points.
- Don’t use meetings as a proxy for team cohesion.
[26:00] Time Management Techniques for the Workplace
- Allow yourself to rest from working during your free time.
- You can see what each person needs to make their day better in terms of time management. By doing so, you’re able to work in a happier environment.
[30:43] On Affecting Change as a Doctor
- Being in medicine becomes your identity. And so, when we struggle with things like time management, it becomes an identity threat.
- Instead of complaining about someone’s work, approach them and discuss the problem.
[35:05] Improving Workplace Communication
- Make SMART objectives SMARTER.
- The additional E stands for emotion. The R stands for rationale and review.
[41:44] How to Voice Out Your Concerns
- Instead of criticising, ask exploratory questions.
[46:29] Ed’s Top 3 Time Management Techniques
- Think of the time before thinking about the task.
- If you’re struggling with completing tasks, break them down into task management, attention management, knowledge management, and system management.
- You have four options: do it, delegate it, defer it or delete it.
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