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Managing demands on time

For a new school leader, the biggest frustration is overwhelming demands on time. There is an initial ‘honeymoon’ period and then the pace quickens. When it does, life becomes a frantic chase of reacting to unrelated and sometimes conflicting demands from many people.


This can be overwhelming and exhausting, without any sense of achievement. This state needs to be moved through quickly and control gained to avoid a risk of burning out.

Strategies to use
  • Insist that people make an appointment if they need to meet.

  • Do not allow your telephone to take precedence over face-to-face interactions.

  • Prioritise and list tasks. Then tick them off, one by one.

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