Productivity & Procrastination

You can find the time

When someone says ‘I can’t find the time for that’ they usually mean that a particular activity does not interest them enough to find the time to do it. An example is finding time to visit a distant relative. Although some people explain away the …

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Early to bed…

Making night visits is a part of my job I never enjoy. It is not the patients’ fault, I just like my sleep too much. There is, however, a useful consequence of getting out of bed at 4 a.m. and returning home an hour later …

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Why ‘stress envy’ is the new stress epidemic

Now that everyone who’s anyone is stressed by having too much to do, stress is today’s essential badge of status and success. Result: ever more of us are suffering from ‘Stress Envy’ and feeling stressed by the fear that… er, well, that we aren’t sufficiently stressed. David Thomas investigates the latest stress epidemic.

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Shopping: a stress therapist’s challenge

The four most stressful experiences in the average person’s life, it has been said, are bereavement, divorce, moving house and going furniture shopping at IKEA. But can a professional stress therapist survive the ordeal of shopping at IKEA on a hot Sunday afternoon, with two kids in tow? John Hind puts one to the test.

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The 3-minute stress fixer

The belief that doctors are models of serenity and calm – an oasis of peace in a hectic, turbulent life – is a fallacy. Most doctors I know spend much of their working day gnashing their teeth and generally under pressure. Their saving grace is …

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Why it’s better to work smarter, not harder

There is a golden thread that runs through the advice that experts in time management have to give – concentrate not on how busy you are but on results. In other words, work smarter, not harder.

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Keep pen and paper by your bed

Stress affects our sleep, and when this happens many people feel that they must really do something about it. When they see their GP they either are in an exhausted state or have been sent by their partner whose sleep their insomnia is also disturbing. …

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Anticipate deadlines

My life is one big deadline. If it is not patients wanting the impossible done yesterday, then editors seem intent on filling up my writing diary as quickly as I can empty it. My bank manager is happy, but whether this is good for me …

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