This might not be easy for everyone, but this is how I function best in life. Anyone who knows me will tell you I get up earlier than most. Everyday, even on the weekends you’ll more than likely see that I’m up by 6:30 – 7:00AM. I get so much done early mornings because I’m not distracted by friends calling or texting, social media, there isn’t anything on TV yet. So I can get my day going with minimum distractions. If I go to the grocery store, its empty. The gym, all to myself. If I were to sleep in until 10 or 11, I would feel like half the day is wasted and you can’t run errands to businesses at night after they close so you’ve lost half the day to get SH.. done.
MAKE A LIST
With your list of things to do for the day, write them in the order of most important to least or with the worst task first. This ensures either your most important task gets done or the task you are dreading the most is finished because who wants to finish a daunting errand after a long day of work.
PICK YOUR TOP 3 TASKS
Three. Not five or 10, but three. This is a realistic goal to set for the day to get things done without feeling disappointed that you didn’t get everything done. In my planner, the top has three lines for the most important things I need to get done that day. I always write them there so I can see it and its a good reminder to focus on those three, because for myself if its more than that I’ll likely forget or not have time to do more than that amount of tasks
MAP IT OUT
In DC Metro area (even here in little o’l Frederick, MD it’s CRA CRA….) there is always traffic or road construction. When planning out my day, I schedule them in the order of location so instead of driving back and forth, I work myself from the furthest location and work myself back home towards the end of the day so I don’t spend unnecessary time in the car or waste gas. Not always great about this but when I am – its great!
There is power in saying no. The older I’ve gotten, the more comfortable I am with saying no to people. This allows you to really focus on what you need to do for the day. No, I can’t go to lunch. No, I can’t finish this project today. No, I can’t drive you. This goes hand in hand with not overbooking yourself so that you can focus on the things you need to do to have a productive day.
BUDGET YOUR TIME
Give yourself deadlines and maximize your time. I struggle with this working from home, but I say to myself that I need to complete a task within an hour or I have one thirty minute break. When I schedule out my day I try to make the most out of it so I don’t waste time doing things that didn’t need to take as long.
Just a few thoughts I wanted to share – how do you organize your day? Any helpful advice would be appreciated – we all have only 24 hours in a day and want to make the most of it! “NOW IS NOW”