I have been using a new tool that has at least doubled my daily efficiency. In the last few months, I have been getting about twice as much done as I used to in the same amount of time; the trick I have been using is a simple one, it takes less than 10 minutes a day to perform, and if you commit to using this tool every day- as one of the first things you do in the morning- I am sure you will experience a strong boost in your daily efficiency.
Setting a daily schedule, first thing in the AM, has greatly increased my efficiency each day. I have been doing daily schedules since June of last year, but up until a few weeks ago I had been doing things quite differently. I used to make my schedule for the entire week (on Sunday nights before going to bed), so I would take a look at the week, figure out what tasks needed to get done for the week, plug everything in on appropriate days, and go by the schedule I had set for each day.
The change in my personal planning routine has been that instead of setting times for things to get done a week in advance, I ONLY commit to writing specific times down on the morning of the day ill be doing it. So I still set up my weekly schedule on Sunday (and write in the tasks I need to accomplish for the week), but now I only put in the daily habits that I have to get done each day (for example: cleaning, write 2 blog posts, workout, cook ,etc.). Now each morning I wake up, drink about 24oz of water, boil water for my coffee, and sit down to make my daily schedule first thing while my coffee is brewing.
I take a look at what needs to be done for the week, what daily habits I already have planned to do each day, and I start plugging in everything appropriately. As I make my morning schedule, I put in rough times with a little bit of extra overflow time so that I allow myself a little room for error or unexpected events.
In the first few days, I ended up feeling pretty guilty, because I never stayed close to my scheduled times at all; doing the daily schedule each day really made me realize how much time I was wasting away doing meaningless tasks. Since the first few days and weeks, I still set my schedule stricter than I have been able to maintain thus far, but I have been getting done FAR more than I ever have before. I find that if I set my goals slightly beyond reach it motivates me to be more productive- without causing me to procrastinate.
By setting lofty achievement goals each day, that are just slightly out of reach, I have created a strong internal drive and motivation to try and meet my daily goals each day. I feel my days have much more purpose, I get more done, and I am much more excited to hop out of bed each morning and get things done. The daily schedule will definitely be a staple for my routine and my daily habits from here on out. I hope you’ll give it a try and see what a daily schedule can do for you!
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