Do you ever feel that the 24 hours you have each day simply aren’t enough to get “everything” accomplished?
I know I do.
And I find this is especially true when I’m not mindful of my time each day…
The hours slip by as I sit in front of my computer, attempting to put out fire after fire, and then all of a sudden poof! the day is gone.
Have you ever felt this way? It’s a bummer, isn’t it?
On the flip side, when I use a little discipline in my day, my perspective shifts a bit.
Yes, the clock keeps ticking, but when I focus my attention solely on the activities that move the needle forward, those hours feel both rich and rewarding.
How do I do this, you ask?
Good news – that’s what I’m here to share with you today. 🙌
3 Simple Steps to Make the Most of Every Day
Step 1 Organization: plan your day ahead
Cultivate the habit of planning your days ahead of time; I love to do this in the evening before going to bed.
It gives me plenty of time to go through my next day’s itinerary with precision and avoid any oversights that happen when I rush through my plans.
Additionally, when I’m separated from the tasks a bit, I can look more objectively at my to-do list. I ask myself; what needs to get done the next day?
This reflection leads me to step two…
Step 2: prioritize your schedule
You know your work style best. When are you the most productive? When do you have the longest stretch of uninterrupted work time?
As you map out your day, carefully prioritize your schedule in a way that allows you to enter your flow state and get those important tasks accomplished when you’re at your best.
This strategy will not only save you time, but it will also help you achieve smarter results with less exertion.
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Step 3: stick to your daily plan with time blocking
I’m not going to lie; it is easy to deviate from the original plan. Distractions lurk around every corner, and they patiently wait to throw you off your original game plan.
To avoid derailment as much as possible, block out your known distractions.
Turn off the notifications on your phone and computer. Silence your phone. And close your email inbox. It seems like such an obvious suggestion, but these little steps make a big difference.
Also, make use of the simple – yet incredibly valuable – tool of time blocking. By dividing your day into productive chunks of time, and allowing breaks in between, you’ll have a much easier time sticking to your to-do list and accomplishing your tasks.
If you’ve tried time blocking before, and you’ve struggled with making it work for you, be sure to check out my post, “Wondering How to Get Through Your To-Do List? Start Timing Your Tasks,” and then download the corresponding time tracking and time management workbook here!
How do you make the most of every day? Do you schedule your day in advance? Are you a fan of time blocking? Let me know below!