Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Planning Your Day

I'm always looking for ways to plan my day better, make my time most efficient and get the important things done. I came across this article at the Unclutterer, I love the idea of planning your perfect day. Read on if you think this will help you;

At the beginning of every day, I set aside five minutes to plan my perfect day. It doesn’t always turn out exactly the way I expected, but it rarely gets completely uprooted. Also, the plan is more about putting anxieties to rest than a rigid to-do list.

How To

  1. Identify the work that has to be completed by the end of the day. What, if you fail to accomplish, will get you fired/stressed/full of anxiety/arrested/etc.?
  2. Identify at least three things you want to do in addition to the must-do items.
  3. Identify any routines that should take place to keep you on track. Is today a laundry day? Is it your night to make dinner?
  4. Estimate length of time to complete all of your must do, want to do, and routine projects.
  5. Write out a plan for your day, where you stagger easy and difficult tasks and schedule the hardest task when you’re the most alert.
  6. Get working.


  • 6:10 a.m. Wake up, drink coffee, eat breakfast, enjoy the silence.
  • 6:30 a.m. Get ready, shower.
  • 7:00 a.m. Go to work.
  • 8:00 a.m. Check in with staff/boss.
  • 8:15 a.m. Plan day, check e-mail, read RSS feeds.
  • 8:30 a.m. Work on difficult projects.
  • 11:30 a.m. Have lunch.
  • 12:30 p.m. Check e-mail.
  • 1:00 p.m. Work on easy projects.
  • 2:30 p.m. Zone out unintentionally, drink coffee.
  • 3:00 p.m. Work on difficult projects.
  • 5:00 p.m. Check e-mail.
  • 5:15 p.m. End of day check-in with staff/boss, file, put materials away, set up desk for next day.
  • 5:30 p.m. Go home.
  • 6:30 p.m. Fix dinner, eat dinner.
  • 7:30 p.m. Daily chores.
  • 8:00 p.m. Help children with homework.
  • 9:00 p.m. Relax, spend time with spouse, be social, read, watch tv, meet a friend for a drink, call mom, work out at gym, and/or do something fun.
  • 11:00 p.m. Bed.

The example schedule isn’t mine (I don’t have kids needing help with homework, and I’m already at my desk writing on my book at 6:30 a.m.), and it probably won’t work for you either, it’s just here to give you an example of how you might schedule your day. The point of the example is to show you how you could keep time from slipping away from you, and make sure that you accomplish what you want to accomplish. Give it a whirl and see how you might plan your perfect day.

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