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Is time on our side?

During 20-21 November, 16 CIMMYT staff from diverse areas took time out from their busy year-end schedules to attend the workshop “Time Management and Organizing Skills,” offered by the company Performance Training Solutions. Comprising lectures, interactive discussions, and hands-on exercises, the workshop provided strategies, tools, and tips to help the participants get time on their side to improve the way they work and live. “You can’t manage or control time,” explained instructor Harry Peasley, “but you can manage yourself in relation to time, and control how you use it.” One key approach Peasley promotes is using a weekly calendar to order one’s work life. “A lot of effective time management consists of changing bad habits, which tend to be like a comfortable bed: easy to get into, but hard to get out of!”