Knowing how to plan your day makes a massive difference to what you achieve and how you feel about it. It’s the difference between time invested developing your roles or goals, and time wasted reacting to the distractions, disruptions and deceptions that bombard you.
If you want to make the most of your day, planning it properly is essential. Here are some ideas on how to plan your day at work, at home or when you’re out and about, so that you get to spend more of it doing what matters most:
Know What Time You’ve Got :
Before you can plan it, you need to know what time you have available. When planning each day, you need to work around any regular or scheduled activities you have on (events, appointments, meetings etc.)
Plan Your Day Before The Day Itself:
Your productivity will skyrocket when you do this, and I’m talking about being productive with regards to what matters most, not just to be busy. Many time management experts advise planning the night before, some others have found this way of operating to be partially flawed. You’re relying on your ability to sit down and remember everything that you want to do at a point in the day when you’re probably most tired.
Whenever you get given something to do that doesn’t genuinely merit a same day response, put it on your list for the next day that you think you’ll have some time.
- Monday – task or project appears in your life. Write it down in your daily planner under ‘Tuesday’
- Tuesday – start and/or complete task or project (depending on urgency).
What you’ll end up with is a finite list of things to work on.
Schedule Time For Your Roles, Goals And Projects:
Most days, you get things to do. Organizing when to do something is fairly simple: Do it tomorrow, or on the next available day you can. But what about those things in your life that won’t get done this week?
It makes sense to schedule your roles, goals and projects in the same way. Do something about them each day you have some unscheduled time. If you’ve consistently got too many, you won’t give them the attention they deserve; this probably means you need to cut some less important commitments.
If you’re not prepared to do that, you’ll have to schedule them (probably on a weekly basis) if you want to actually do them.
By: Dammy Eneli