Really pleased to have been awarded the title ‘Accredited Foundation Coach’ by the Association for Coaching.
Read my recent article about Quality Assurance in Social Care published in the latest edition of the Registered Manager Journal:
For about two weeks every year the fence in my front garden is completely covered with a mass of pink clematis flowers. Very occasionally when it is particularly warm and sunny the air is filled with the most beautiful fragrance.
Last week when I arrived home on another very wet damp day in my usual rush, I noticed the scent briefly as I rushed past. It was some hours later that I realised unless I went back outside and took my time to appreciate the lovely fragrance that I might not get the opportunity to do again for another year.
Sometimes we can get so caught up in our ‘busyness’ that we forget to take notice of things that are important to us and then miss an opportunity that we later regret.
At work we can spend all our time and energy on dealing with the day to day running of our care service, staffing issues, client issues, emails, phone calls etc that the bigger picture stuff can be missed.
Stephen Covey in the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People said that often we use our time ineffectively because we concentrate our energy on either urgent tasks or tasks that aren’t that important but which make demands on our time like some emails, phone calls, meetings or unplanned visitors and interruptions. We then complain that there is not enough time or that we are being asked to do more and more. However, we can fill our days with these tasks and therefore leave no time for dealing with things that aren’t urgent but are important. The reality is that there is no more time and therefore we have to be more effective in how we use the time that we have. Dealing with important but non urgent tasks enables us to develop our service, make plans and give focus to our work.
What tasks do you do that aren’t that important?
What do you wish you had more time to do?
What gets in the way of doing what you want to do?
What do you need to do differently?