In today’s article, I’d like to share with you 4 easy steps to plan your day effectively so you can be productive, and ready to rock!
Having a plan for the day is a must for everyone who wants to be focused, and productive throughout the day, otherwise you’ll be easily distracted.
Planning the day is like having a roadmap that will get from point A to point B much faster preventing you from getting on the pitfalls of distractions.
The main reason why people don’t achieve their goals is that they underestimate the value of starting the day with a set of relevant tasks that will get them closer to their aims.
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In fact, all successful people plan their day whether at night, or in the morning depending on the person, and that’s what set them up to win the day.
I can’t emphasize enough the importance of implementing the habit of writing your most important tasks before you start your day, but probably that’s why you’re losing confidence and self-belief.
Without that being said, let’s hop over 4 easy steps to plan your day effectively to take back control of your destiny:
4 Easy Steps To Plan Your Day Effectively
Step #1: Make a list
The first thing that you need to start with is the habit of making a list.
I intentionally underlined the word “habit”, because if you want to get the full benefit of making a list, you need to do it consistently, over a long period of time.
To make this task easier for you, I created a good-looking version of Eseinhower Box that you can download below to get you excited to start the habit.
Print it out, and put it on your desk, or somewhere where you spend your time to trigger the habit of making the list. It’s very important!
Also, the value of Eisenhower Box is to help you categorize the tasks based on their importance so you can clearly know the ones that will get you closer to your target.
A great tip to assure success with this process, just to start with 3 important tasks.
Don’t try to fill out the whole list, because you’ll get easily overwhelmed, and the odds to lose the habit are higher.
Step #2: Decide on how much time you’ll allocate for the task
Once you have your list down, I want you for each task, ask yourself the question: “How much time would this task take to get it done?”
Next to each task, write down how many hours, or minutes that you’ll spend to get it done. It’s simple!
You don’t have to come up with an exact time, but just through the process of estimation as time goes on, with the factor “stickability”, you’ll be able to get the exact number.
So, now let’s move on to the process of prioritization…
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Step #3: Prioritize your tasks
Probably you’re wondering which is the first task that I need to start with! That can be tough! No worries, just keep reading….
The first thing, the first category to always keep your eyes on always, is “The urgent tasks”. Ignore the other boxes.
Then ask yourself this question:
“What is the most important task right now?”
I know it sounds silly and not a nifty question to ask, but the goal here is to hook your brain to come up with answers.
Once you’ve decided on the first task, put in a little “A” next to it.
Then ask yourself, “what is the next task to attack?”. Then put a little “B” next to it.
And so forth…
Step #4: Reward yourself
The next critical step is to reward yourself, because that is what’s going to get the momentum up.
Once you’ve disciplined yourself to do the work, acknowledge your efforts, to link some pleasure to what you’ve accomplished.
It could be just a simple “Yessss! I made it”, and clench your fist while you’re saying it, or you can do an activity that you enjoy like playing a video game. It’s up to you what makes you feel good.