Simply Plan Your Day

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Daily planning helps give our day a certain direction because without focus, we may find ourselves being steered by unexpected and unfamiliar priorities. Unless we have decided to become an outcast to society, it is a matter of fact that we all have some commitments, whether it be going to work or doing a weekly shop, we must make time for these things otherwise there will be consequences.

A good question to ask yourself at the beginning of each day is, “what do I want to have achieved by this evening?”

Successful daily planning needs to be organised and a daily planner is only then of use when it sets the agenda without holding us back from our full potential.

Disruptions, changing tasks and constant distractions all play a role in our daily working life, but the best way to deal with these is to find a strategy to avoid them in the first place. Drawing out an exact daily schedule will not help here as it only wastes times and is quickly out-dated – the way to planning success lies with how you organise your daily tasks…

Daily Tasks

A very simple trick is to take on less everyday, e.g. only three tasks which are the most important for that day – bear in mind that you don’t include urgent tasks here, as you must finish these anyway. By following this method, your days will feel successful even if you only do manage to achieve the tasks written on your list.

Each task listed should take you around 30 – 60 minutes, thus taking a maximum of 3 hours out of your day. Don’t worry, you will not be bored in the remaining time as this can be allocated for meetings or any other commitments you may have.

How You Can Work with Fewer Daily Tasks

1. Take on three tasks each day

Initially begin the day with three tasks and in time you will be able to judge whether or not you should take on more or fewer tasks.

2. Make a note of your daily tasks

Successful time management relies on scripturally, which is why you should note down your daily tasks.

3. Do not write a time for completing the tasks

This will give you maximum flexibility and spontaneity.

4. Begin one of your tasks in the morning

Since these are your three main tasks of the day there could not be a better time than beginning one of them in the morning, otherwise you may find yourself wasting half the morning reading and replying to emails…

5. Finish your daily tasks as early as possible

Finally, since these are the most important tasks of the day, they should naturally take priority.

Experiment with this method, it will take some time getting used to and you will have to learn to trust it. After a week, review your progress and decide whether or not this simple planning strategy is working for you.

Ivan Blatter (c)Blatternet   Ivan Blatter is a productivity trainer. He gives his clients advice on how they can achieve goals efficiently without having to fully exhausting themselves. For several years now, he has been working on a blog which focuses on successful time management; he regularly updates this in order to give helpful tips and advice on how to work more productively.

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