If you’re like me you probably have a lot on your plate and find yourself trying to do too much every day. You try to cram everything in and the second you start procrastinating it all piles up and gives you even more to do tomorrow. It can all be very overwhelming and stressful in the end.
The secret to overcoming this and getting everything done is to plan your day. Take some time to write a schedule for yourself that will list everything you plan on doing and at what time you plan on doing it.
Writing a schedule for yourself makes things a lot less stressful because you know that everything you want or need to get done will get done. It will help you have a more productive day and put you light years ahead of someone who just creates a list of things they hope to get around to some day.
But just so you don’t fall into any of these traps, here is a list of things to NOT do when planning your day.
Underestimate The Time It Will Take To Do A Task
We all want to get as much stuff done in as little time as possible. When we do we often plan too little time to do each individual task. By underestimating the time it will take you to do something you hurt yourself in 2 ways.
First you end up cutting into the time you set aside for other items on your schedule. This means you are going to have to either; push everything back and work longer then you hoped or you are going to have to not get something done. Either way it can lead to added stress in your life.
The second reason you should not underestimate how long it will take you to do something is because it doesn’t leave any room for the chaos of life to come through. Traffic happens, emergencies happen, important telephone calls happen. When you give yourself plenty of time to do things, you are better able to cope with new events as they happen.
Make The Schedule That Morning
If you make your schedule that morning, it is easy to procrastinate writing your schedule and lose a few hours watching T.V. or being lazy in the morning before you get up and start thinking about your day.
My most productive days happened when I planned everything the night before because I can just get out of bed and get moving.
Schedule The Hardest Thing Last
Another thing to avoid when planning your day is to schedule the hardest thing last. If it is the hardest thing to do then obviously you don’t want to do it.
By scheduling it last, you will start putting it off, and working longer on things that are more enjoyable, just so you can avoid doing the hardest thing on your schedule.
When you plan your hardest thing first it makes the day a lot easier because you knock out your toughest challenge early on. From then on it is smooth sailing and you might get done with everything quicker than you expect since there is not some unwanted task waiting for you at the end of the day.
Forget About Yourself
It is easy to get caught up in all the things we need to do and completely ignore ourselves. But if we don’t remember to take care of ourselves, who will?
When you plan your day make be sure to make room for things that help you grow and prosper like exercise and reading.
Also make sure to schedule some time to relax with your family and friends. Getting work done and working for your goals, will help you grow, but never forget to make time for the people in your life who are important to you as well.
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