A twenty-minute meat pizza and my tips for managing your time

At this point in my life, I can honestly say that my number one priority is managing my time and being very conscious of where I spend it. This week, I’ll share my top five considerations for how I manage my time — and when it comes to recipes, I’ve got a delicious fakeaway pizza option for you.

I will raise my hand and admit that my time management has become much more important since I have children. A simple example is If I go to bed late, I can’t catch up on my sleep the next morning because the kids are up early and early.

Each week I look at the “load” I have versus my “limit” of what I can realistically achieve. Here are the considerations I use and they may be helpful to you too.

5 considerations for managing your time

1. Stop saying yes to everything: If you hate disappointing people, that’s important. Saying yes in the moment to prevent someone from being slightly disappointed is much better than letting them down later when they’re depending on you because you’ve taken on more than you can handle. Or it’s much better than saying yes and reluctantly doing something you don’t have time for. Say no, then let it go.

2. Divide your time: Allocate your week by making sure you dedicate some of your time to each area that is important to you. There are certain areas that are a necessity, but there is a lot of time that you choose what you do with them. Personally, I need to spend time every week with people who make me laugh and give me energy, so I try to make sure I set aside time for that.

3. Weigh it: When considering spending your precious time on something, think about the pros and cons. Weigh them. I go to a fitness class every week with a fabulous trainer (Squad’s Kate Parfrey) but committing to it means not being home by bedtime. This is a simple example of weighing and deciding that the pros outweigh the cons. I have never regretted any of these courses.

4. Get rid of guilt: Hands down, this is an area I struggle with, every time I say no to something or someone I feel terrible guilt. I have to work hard to remember that I can’t be everywhere and that my “no” comes from a very authentic place where I am unable to engage in asking. I know a lot of people feel guilty for saying no, so let’s work on getting rid of the guilt.

5. Keep a list: From Monday to Sunday, plan your week with as much information as you already know. There will always be things that come up, but by having a clear plan for your week, you’ll be better able to see if you can take on more or not. Are you at full capacity? I like to keep lists to stay on track.

Here is an interesting analogy. Think of yourself as a car. If you put gas in your car every week, the car would keep driving. But a car needs more than gasoline to run. It needs water, oil, filter changes, washing, vacuuming and refreshing. You may be content with “gasoline” for so long, but in the long run, you need other things to help you feel good and fulfilled. Addressing where your time goes and how you feel after spending time doing certain things is really important.

exercise advice: Running in place. For 30 seconds, run in place. Then for 20 seconds walk in place. Repeat for 10 repetitions. (This is great if you work from home and need to wake up the body after sitting for a while.)

Wellness advice: Plan your week in advance. As the week progresses, try to stick to your plan. Reflect at the end of the week on what you did and see where you can make small improvements for next week.

meat pizza

recipe from:Derval O’Rourke

This quick and easy tortilla pizza is the perfect mid-week meal

Preparation time

5 minutes


  • 1 tortilla

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped onion

  • 150g minced lamb

  • 1 tablespoon of tomato pesto

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon plain yogurt

  • a small handful of mint leaves, chopped

  • a small handful of arugula


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the tortilla wrap on the baking sheet.

  2. Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 2 minutes. Add mince and cook for 15 minutes or until cooked through.

  3. Use the back of a spoon to spread the pesto over the tortilla. Spread the cooked hash over the pizza. Spread the jalapeño pepper on top and sprinkle the pizza with plain yogurt. Cook for up to 10 minutes.

  4. Cut the cooked pizza into slices and place on a heated serving plate. Sprinkle the mint over it. Garnish with arugula and serve immediately.

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