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Managing Time for Work Success

Sometimes we all have days when nothing seems to go right. Keys get lost, or cars don’t start. Busses don’t come on time. Kids get sick. Any of these things could make it hard for an adult to get to work. When a caregiver misses work, it can have a negative effect on patients. However, you can plan for times when things don’t go right. By having strong time management skills, you can reduce your stress levels and ensure that you keep your job.

One way to demonstrate time management skills is by having a back-up plan. This means that you have a plan in place for when things go wrong. If you can’t find your car key, you have an extra copy. If your car won’t start, you know what bus to take. If your child is sick, you have a friend or neighbor you can call for childcare. Figure these things out before you have an emergency.

It is also important to have a regular routine for getting ready for work. Have your uniform and any supplies clean, organized, and ready. If you take a lunch to work, pack it ahead of time. Always plan to arrive at work at least 15 minutes early. This will help you to feel relaxed and ready when your shift starts.

Finally, keep a calendar with all of your appointments and other obligations. Make a note of things like sporting events, concerts, and school conferences that you want to attend. You can also keep track of your work shifts. This calendar will help you to always know when you are and are not available.

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Project made financially possible through grants from:

Southwest Initiative Foundation, Marshall Community Foundation, Southwest Regional Transition Partners, Southwest Adult Basic Education, Marshall Healthcare Partners