3 Undeniable Reasons to Schedule Your Day
You know that you should schedule your day. I’m not telling you anything you haven’t already heard a million times. But, maybe I can relay the message in a way that speaks to you. That actually makes you want to do it. Let’s find out.
First, let’s talk about a couple of the reasons you avoid making a daily schedule.
Psst…I’ve attached my actual schedule to the end of this post if you’re interested.
One reason — you’re probably making it too complicated. All you really need to do is schedule blocks of time — work time, family time, hobby time, etc. Then from there, you can create broad tasks. For example, on Monday you have a 4 hour work block. During that block you dedicate 1 hour to emails, 1 hour to a meeting, and 2 hours to developing a budget. It can be as simple as that!
But, then we come to the “big” reason you avoid making a daily schedule. By putting these time commitments in writing, you’ve created accountability to yourself, and with accountability comes fear of failure. That’s a discussion for a different day, but realize that that’s what you’re up against.
Now that we’ve uncovered a couple of the reasons you avoid making a daily schedule, let’s remind ourselves why scheduling your day is so important.
- Let’s get the obvious one out of the way. You will be more focused, will have fewer decisions to make, and this will lead to increased productivity. Duh!
- You will be able to manage unexpected events/interruptions more effectively. Since you’ve already outlined your important tasks, you’ll be able to visualize the effects these unexpected tasks will have on your schedule. You can then make a deliberate decision to either re-prioritize or say no to the new tasks.
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3. Most important of all – you’ll have a much better chance of creating the life that you want. Take a look at your time blocks, not the individual tasks, and ask yourself, is this really how I want to spend my time? Is this schedule helping me inch closer toward realizing my full potential? Most likely it’s not. So what’s one adjustment you could make that would change that answer?
If you’re having a hard time prioritizing your time, you might need to focus on your core values first:
Or maybe you need to work on defining, and owning, your “why”:
Or, one last one, maybe you just need to switch up your morning routine:
Have a WELL-PLANNED day!
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