Written by, Tracy Budabin
Do you ever wake up feeling overwhelmed? Like you aren’t going to get everything done that you need to? Here’s a system you can use to set up your day, or week, that will leave you feeling more accomplished, productive and less stressed.
Starting your day the same way, everyday, helps create a mindset that it’s time to get to work. This will also help you on days that you wake up tired or less than motivated. This routine can be as simple as a morning playlist, or as ambitious as going to the gym for a morning workout. Next, put all of your thoughts and “To-dos” on a list. Use this time as a brain dump so you can get all of the clutter out and leave room to focus on what’s important.
Take your list and assign priority or deadlines to each item. Make sure you consider how long each item will take to complete, the importance of each item, and ways you can maximize your time by not starting and stopping throughout the day.
Now that you have your prioritized list, you can build out your day and week. Use your calendar to help you stay on track. Make sure you aren’t too ambitious with your time, because once you create your schedule you need to commit and stick to it. Make sure to plan your calendar around your energy. You know yourself best and when you have your best focus; use this time to accomplish larger tasks.
Have a time in your day for those “little” tasks that take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Having 15 – 20 minutes in your day for activities like these will help you complete them faster. For projects that take more time, always schedule them into your day. Don’t leave multiple, larger projects for the end of the day. Give yourself a reward when you accomplish the list you set for yourself. It can be as simple as a short walk, a coffee or snack, or maybe a 5 minute break to chat with a co-worker.
I found the article 5 Tips to Organize Your Day for Maximum Productivity to be helpful in creating my daily routine. Once you have a new system to organize your time, give it time to work. Every new thing you choose to do takes at least 21 days to become a habit. Commit to yourself to stick with this process for at least 3 weeks and see how you feel. Good luck and here’s to being more productive.
Source citation: Scalco, Daniel. “5 Tips to Organize Your Day for Maximum Productivity.” huffingtonpost.com. huffintgonpost.com, 6 Dec. 2017. Web. 14 Sep. 2018. <https://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-scalco/productivity-tips_b_7608084.html>.