If not us, then who? If not now, when?

John F. Kennedy

Hi everyone! My name is Petrie Raddock and I am a Neurological Physiotherapist. First of all, I would like to wish you all an abundance of blessings and success for 2019.

Having joined Gilly Davy at Connect Neuro Physiotherapy on the 16th of July 2018, the experience has since been equal parts challenging and rewarding. Over the past few months, I noticed that I was struggling to get a grip on managing my time wisely and in my efforts to overcome that challenge, I made a few observations that I thought to share.

How well do you manage your time? How many of you feel like you do not have enough time to do your exercises? One of the most common excuses for not wanting to better yourself is simply a lack of time. People suddenly “don’t have time” when it’s regarding something they don’t value. So, the ultimate question is – what is it that you value.

The New Year is upon us – traditionally a time for a change and seeking a higher quality of life. Therefore, my personal goal this year is to turn over a new leaf and adopt time management. Carefully organizing your time can have a ripple effect that helps you to improve everything and makes your resolution easier to maintain. Tools such as scheduling, to-do lists, and actively tracking time are all highly effective, and will increase your productivity in the coming year. Personally, I have seen the benefits of utilising a mnemonics device so below is one that may help you jumpstart and maintain your New Year’s Resolution:

Time is life, do not waste it

Identify major thieves of time and eject them

Make a realistic list of things to do and act on it

Eliminate unnecessary activities


Memory aids such as diaries

Analyse how time is spent

Never take on more than is necessary

Analyse yourself and operate with your strengths

Get on by being organised

Employ a schedule or planner to chart the way ahead

Make time for rest

Exercise, Exercise, exercise! Employ physical and mental fitness

Never cease striving to become more efficient and effective

Treat each day as your last, maximize it

Determine which techniques work for you and what you need to improve.  There is nothing more satisfying than knowing you are completing the steps towards achieving your goal, because goals, whether personal or work related, represent our goals to be better versions of ourselves.

Finally, as with all New Year’s resolutions, review your commitment to improving your time management at critical points throughout this year.  How well are you doing at the end of January? How well are you doing mid-March?

Truth is, we are all given the same 24 hours a day. It is up to you what you do with that time. You deserve success. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish. With practice, they should become second nature. Good luck and Happy New Year!

Do you have enough time? Ask yourself that again!