Welcome back to Part 3 of our Time Management Made Easy Series
How do you like Time Blocking? I have no doubt that you found it to substantially boost your productivity. If you missed it, catch up at Time Managment Made Easy – Time Blocking.
We set our goals back in week 1, (Time Management Made Easy – Setting Goals) and the entire reason for this series is to learn to manage our time and attain those goals, so let’s move on to the fun stuff!
Whether your goals are big or small….perhaps you want to pay off your debt by a certain date, maybe begin paying cash for everything. Is there something big you’ve been wanting to buy? Maybe you want to get more organized in your life and not live in so much chaos. Perhaps you want to set aside more time in your day for Jesus, work on getting more exercise or watch those calories….. whatever your goals are, we need to make a plan.
We can’t just throw it all out there and hope to meet those goals – well maybe a few lucky people can do that, but for most of us, we must have a strategy in place to make that happen.
That’s where Scheduling your day to reach your Peak Performance comes in.
An important thing to remember is that you must plan your planning session. Did you get that? Let me say it again….include your planning session in your weekly/daily to-do list.
I personally like to use Sundays to plan out my entire week. If you choose to do this, just know that you’ll need to spend a few minutes before you go to bed each evening and review what you have planned for the next day.
Some people prefer to set aside time each evening to plan out the next day or have their planning session at the end of their work day to prepare for the next. You choose what works best for you and do it. Just remember, the important thing is to plan your planning session. (Am I driving home the importance of this yet?)
Here is where the fun comes in! With an array of daily planners that are so stinking cute, I could (o.k, I have) spent days trying to decide which planner to choose from. I become ridiculously giddy when I start looking at them!
There are so many to choose from and now there are even accessories for your day planners!!! What?!! Accessories for your day planner?!!! As my mom would say, “stop it!!”
Quick side note: have you seen the “oh-so-cute” planner stickers that one of my favorite people, Kara, at Boho Berry Paperie just launched? They are to die for and you can find them here. Fair warning! They are completely addictive! (I don’t get anything for telling you about these stickers, I just think they are fun and I’m obligated to share all fun things with you!)
I personally like to use a paper planner and am currently using this one that I found and LOVE from Designer Blogs through Pinterest. The best part about finding one on Pinterest is that there are so many adorable ones to choose from – many of which are free. You can print them off at home and run up to Staples to have it spiral bound for under $10!
Who are my Bullet Journal lovers out there? I absolutely love the BuJos but I haven’t ventured into these for my daily planners yet. For those of you who do, I’d love to see pictures (hint, hint! Post pictures on Facebook and Instagram and tag me @footprintsofinspiration or #footprintsofinspiration)!
Electronic calendars are very popular right now too. I do keep a google calendar for my appointments because I like the reminders that they offer. I know a lot of people who love the electronic calendars and work very well with them.
I also know several people who keep three or four different calendars. Honestly, there is only one right answer….whatever works best for you!
As you sit down to schedule your week/day, use this great list building tip from Kara at Boho Berry
5 Steps to Craft a Better To Do List
- Have a master list – Always have a large master list of things to be done. If you’re like me, this isn’t difficult. I always have an unending list of tasks to be done.
- Have a top 3 for the day – What top 3 items must be done that day
- Break each item down and be specific.
- Be intentional with unfinished tasks – break it down with more manageable sub-tasks to do each day. If it isn’t getting done because you just don’t want to do it (I’m very guilty of this one!), make it one of your top 3 and get it done.
- Plan your planning session – Just like we talked about earlier. It’s important to plan this so that your daily list gets done.
Now let’s put those Goals from week one to work! As Lisa Jacobs from Marketing Creativity says, make your goals your manager. Use them to manage your schedule.
Make your goals yours manager.
As you’re writing your daily to-do list, ask yourself, “Does this task help me reach my goal.” If it doesn’t, then reassess how important it is in your daily plan.
Keep your goals front and center. If you want to reach them, you have to schedule your day to reach your peak performance.
We also bring our Time Blocking into play as we plan out each day. Every task is designated a specific time. At first, it’ll be tricky figuring out how much time everything will take, but you’ll get the hang of it pretty quick.
Remember to use your Time Blocking to bring your time down as well. Some things will always require more time. Others will take less time as you get better at it. Challenge yourself and assign less time each week.
Once your scheduling has been done and you are working through your day, mark off what you’ve accomplished. I must admit, I have so much fun marking off my tasks throughout the day. I truly feel like Wonder Woman when I get through the day and everything has been checked off. Some days I’m certain I can hear the soundtrack to Rocky playing as I mark off that last task for the day!
There will be times when you get to the end of the day and still have tasks that haven’t been checked off. Unfortunately, it happens, my friend. When it does, you just move that task to the next day and move on. No point in beating yourself up about it. Try to include it in your top 3 and know that you’ll have to work extra hard the next day. Some days are just like that.
As I said earlier, it’ll take some time to get the hang of it, but stick with it and face the challenges head on. The reward is completely worth it when you meet those goals!
I have no doubt that if you work through this series with me, you are going to have fun, boost your productivity, challenge yourself and, not only, meet your goals, but blow them out of the water….truly!
I want to hear all about your success! Comment below and tell me about your Goals, how productive you’ve become with Time Blocking and how you’re Scheduling Your Day to Reach Your Peak Performance!
I would love to see pictures of your Day Planners! Post a picture on Facebook or Instagram and tag me @footprintsofinspiration and #footprintsofinspiration.
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Until next time, my friend…..
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