There are four ‘must’ rules for making time:
1. Learn to say ‘no’. in particular, avoid commitments that force you to spend time on bottom drawer items (these are items that can be put off indefinitely with no harm done). Practice saying “I don’t have time”.
2. Banish bottom drawer items, unless you have completed all higher priority items for the day.
3. Include extra time in your schedule for interruptions, unforeseen problems, and so on. This will mean you can deal with the unexpected and still stay on schedule.
4. Set aside several slots of quiet time each day. At these times ask others not to interrupt you unless it is urgent. Use the time to relax, meditate, or recentre yourself.
Adapted from The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, 1988