With Thanksgiving and Christmas fast approaching, time management is a continuous struggle for many of us.
There are days when I do “Project Hopping” starting many things without seeing a significant progress at the end of the day. Or I spend a big part of the day putting out “fires” – maybe a call from client on an urgent matter, or having to take a friend to the doctor. Other days are full of interruptions: phone calls, friends visiting, my parrots wanting attention.
(About that last one – I’m not so sure who is interrupting whom – but it’s my favorite interruption of all! Sunny and Flipper call out to me wanting to play and I’m only too happy to oblige.)
For me, the most productive days start the day or the evening before.
At the end of the work day, I start planning the next day’s work. After putting down all I want to accomplish for the next day I can then relax and call it a day.
In the morning I get up very early and start working. There are no interruptions then (most people aren’t working yet so the phone is not ringing) and my family is happily snoring away.
Throughout the day I focus and work my plan. I do take short breaks when I need to. Also, I ask for help when necessary. And there are some tasks which I delegate, like errands to the post office, data entry, etc.
We all dream of a perfect, productive day. But it will remain a dream if we don’t take action to make it happen. To make the most of your day and reach your goals, whatever they may be, you need to:
- Have a plan
- Work the plan
- Ask for help when needed
Have a good and productive day!