I don’t know if you’re in the habit of working from a calendar, but 2 things that I have found to be valuable tools in my life:
#1) My daily, weekly, monthly, annual CALENDAR
#2) My “to do list”/Reminders
I have found that when I review these and work from them throughout the week, I get more done.
•Sunday Evening, I look at my weekly calendar, and simply make sure that I have everything I need written down or on my calendar.
•Sunday Evening I also begin a “to do list” of things that I know I need to get done, and I make the list. Sometimes this list is really long, sometimes it’s short. I try to write down everything I can write down that I want to accomplish.
•Each morning, I revisit my daily calendar and adjust as needed.
•Each morning , I revisit my to do list and adjust as needed. I also cross things off when I get them done. This gives me a sense of accomplishment and action.
This simple activity helps me manage my week, and it’s helps me measure what I need to focus on.
A couple of other tips:
– Make appointments with yourself and put them on the calendar. Things like: big projects, time at the gym, date night with your spouse or kids, personal reading, etc… If you don’t write them into your schedule, you won’t find the time.
– Communicate your schedule to those around you, and let them know what you’re doing and what you’re working on. This provides accountability.
– Take some time to create some “to do” items for the year. These are often bigger items that will take more time. Break them down into bite-sized chunks for your weekly schedule.
– Use what works. Some people like to write this down on paper, others use electronic devices. Do what’s easiest for you. Remember, the important thing is that you do it.