16 Oct Organise Tomorrow Today
Plan Your Day to be more productive
Is this a typical end to your work day?
You stay back for a few minutes to try and complete an important task before you leave work for the day. An hour later, you realise it is getting late and you really must go or else! You quickly decide to finish what you are working on first thing in the morning.
When you arrive at work the next morning, you open your your email just in case and have to reply to a few important messages. One email leads to another and an hour or so later, you realise you are not going to to get to the work from last night any time soon. So you push it aside and continue on with your work day, hoping to get back onto the task later in the day.
Before you know it, your day is finished and you still haven’t been able to start let alone finish that important task…
If this sounds typical for you, can I suggest that before you leave work for the day, you spend some time making sure you plan and prepare for your next work day.
Spending 5-10 minutes at the end of each day to plan and organise your next day ensures:
- You start the day more focused on what you want to achieve.
- You are prepared to minimise your time wasters.
- You start the new day without being weighed down by yesterday’s baggage!
- Last minute details can be arranged if required. (Especially if you have an early morning meeting.)
- Finally, you reduce the likelihood of having to try and remember too many things overnight. That is, you keep your mind clear of annoying reminders.
Not starting the new day with a clear plan for how you intend to manage your time, almost always means lower productivity and reduced effectiveness.
Think about it, you would not tackle an important project without some sort of a plan. And yet, we often treat our most important resource, our time, without a clear plan for how we intend to manage it productively.
Think about creating a recurring appointment in your diary/calendar at the end of each day to develop a very clear plan for what you want to achieve the next day. During this time you can:
- Consider what you need to prepare for
- Review your upcoming meetings
- Update your To Do list
- Be clear on your priorities for the next day
Try not to fall into the temptation of thinking you will plan your day the next morning. That almost never works! It’s practically inevitable your day will run away from you and you’ll likely be less focused and less productive as a result.
Thanks for reading and I hope you found this little article and reminder helpful.
Lingford Consulting – The Productivity Specialists