Should You Plan Your Days in Advance?
There are a few questions that pop up a lot especially when we talk about successful habits and a successful structure of one’s day. Should I make a plan of my day? Why should I do it? Is it really worth it? Many fail to finish what they wanted or in worse cases had to finish during their day and then pull the so called “all nighters” in order to catch up. Is that really something you want to do? When people say, work or study when others sleep, does that mean that you need to cut on your sleep or does it mean that you need to go to bed early and wake up early so that you get that sweet hour or two of absolutely uninterupted peace for yourself? In this article, we’ll look at why you should schedule your day and I’ll also give you some examples on how to make a good and simple plan.
Why Do I Need to Schedule My Days?
To answer this question, you first need to look at how you can become the most productive you can become. The number one thing you can do to become more productive is to cut on the decisions you have to make during the day. An average human being makes approximately 35,000 choices every day. This means that you need to put a lot of energy into all of them. These obviously include your unconscious choices, so the best you can do is to focus on your conscious choices first. The most successful people, like Jeff Bezos, are known to make no more than 3 important conscious choices every day and the rest is delegated. Why is that? They understand that in order for them to make high quality decisions, they need to put a lot of focus and energy into making them. How come they can make only this few choices though? They work on habits and routines (unconscious automatized choices). Morning and evening routines are indispensable, as well as is their daily plan. Making your daily plan allows you to stop thinking about what I need to do next at that specific moment (ie. it cuts down the amount of decisions you need to make). It gives you the ability to prepare yourself in advance and then simply look at your plan and take action.
Daily Tasks Plan
The first and the most simple as well as the most flexible version of your plan I’ll talk about today is your daily tasks plan. This is usually a plan most beginners use to get used to the idea of cutting down their decisions without any extreme change. In essence, you need to figure out what is it that you want to finish during the day and you need to write it down. Then you need to look at it and rank it from the most important tasks to the simplest tasks. When you figure that out, you write the tasks down in correct order from the most important one to the least important one. And you get them done one by one. This is the most flexible and simple plan – it doesn’t require much experience and it is fairly easy to make. It also allows you to understand your goals and values better as you have to “evaluate” your tasks on daily bases before you start writing down your plan.
The second step, after some time, is your daily schedule. It is a second step, because you need to have a certain level of experience in terms of how to evaluate tasks and how much time to assign to each of them (which you learn through your Daily Tasks Plan). What your Daily Schedule includes is a specific plan of your daily tasks and the times you assign to them. It is really up to you how specific you get (I like to go into half-hours). For instance, I wake up at 6:20, 6:20 – 7:10 is my morning routine, which never changes; 7:10 – 9:00 is my workout (which changes depending on which day of the week it is); 9:00 – 10:30 is the time I assign to the first task I need to finish, be it a blog article like today, content creation for our Instagram page or some studying I need to get done; 10:30 – 12 is the time I cook and eat my lunch. This is how my mornings usually look like (the morning routine and workout is always the same, the rest varies based on what I need to get done). This is my way of doing this, which is based on my experience and on how I function. The more experienced you get, the better you become with your time. It is the exams period now – everyone around here at uni is stressing out while I’m in peace getting tasks done based on my schedule. It is really as simple as that. And the best part is, I know it so well that it takes me 2-3 minutes to come up with the schedule. Not too much of a big deal ey?
Your plan or a schedule is yours for a purpose. You know how you work and you need to adapt your schedule to that. Some people like to plan a week ahead, some like to plan a day ahead. Some people need colours, some are fine with a pen and paper. Some people need digital apps, some are fine with paper. It is all up to you, make it work for yourself. Play with it when you start and find the best method that works for you. When yo do, you’ll know it!
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