Right now, you’re reading these words. What will you do after that?
I know what I will do. I decided that last night and wrote it in my plan for today.
The habit of planning my day before it begins, in the morning (good) or the night before (better), has made me much more productive. I know what I will do first each day, and what I will get done before the day ends.
The habit of planning my day not only helps me to have a full day, it helps me get my most important tasks done.
When we don’t plan our day, we tend to fill it randomly. Sometimes, we get important tasks done, often we waste time with unproductive activities. Or we spend a good portion of our day “reacting” to whatever is in front of us—calls and emails and requests for our time and attention. Our most important tasks get pushed to the end of the day, when we may be too tired to do them, or pushed off to another day when we repeat the cycle.
I know. That’s what I did before I started planning my day.
Long-term planning has value. So does planning your week. But I’ve found that nothing is more important than planning my day because that’s when the “doing” takes place.
When I’ve checked off the last item for the day, I feel a sense of accomplishment and look forward to planning tomorrow.
If you’re not doing this consistently, give a try. Take 10 minutes at the end of the day to plan your tomorrow. Do this every day for a week and you’ll never look back.
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