5 Ways to Organize Your Day for Maximum Results
The key to being truly successful is knowing how to effectively organize your day. Sounds exciting, right? With thousands of resources on the Internet and articles giving you tips and advice on how to accomplish big goals and telling you how you can be successful, it can be stressful trying to sift through everyone’s ideas and actually implement them into your own life. You’re often left wondering, “How do I actually apply this? Where do I even start?”
Well, my friend, you’ve come to the right place! We’re not here to bombard you with thousands of tips or tricks that will help organize your entire life. Rather, we want to provide you with 5 simple practices that you can do to organize your day, one day at a time! Your time is extremely valuable. Sometimes, when our schedules get busy or we are trying to juggle multiple responsibilities at once, our days can turn over on their heads, leaving you feeling defeated and disorganized. So, here are 5 effective ways that you can start organizing your day NOW!
Plan the night before:
There’s nothing like waking up in the morning knowing that you have a plan and a purpose! Before you go to sleep, take out your planner or notebook and write down a list of to-dos for the next day and an action plan to accomplish them! This should overall take only 10 minutes to do and will help you start off your day already organized and prepared!
Schedule buffer time:
Who are we kidding? Sometimes, things just simply don’t go according to plan… and that’s okay! That’s why it’s important to schedule extra buffer time for those daily interruptions that pop up. Maybe your kid forgot their lunch and you must go deliver it to the school. Or maybe you planned to work on projects back-to-back in the morning, but you received a phone call from a friend. When organizing and planning your day, be sure to leave room for the unexpected or unplanned. Because life happens!
Start your day with quiet time:
This is a big one. Most people find that starting their day with a cup of coffee, a good book or some journaling helps keep them centered and ready to tackle the day. When organizing your day, schedule some “me time” first thing in the morning before the craziness begins to help you stay checked-in with yourself and focused on your health. Don’t forget about you!
Create time blocks:
Two words: Stop multitasking! Even if you think you are really good at it, try to get out of that habit and instead create time blocks for yourself. If you have a few projects to work on one day, schedule out blocks of time where that project needs your full attention. During these time blocks, turn off your phone, sign out of your email, and close out of other tabs that will distract you. When the time block is over, use that time to take a break or answer some emails!
Accomplish the big things first:
It’s very easy to procrastinate on bigger projects and leave them for the end of the day. Then, by the end of the day, you’re tired and don’t feel like doing anything else. Prioritize doing at least one big thing first. That way, if you don’t accomplish anything else, you can say that you got one productive thing done that day.
How can you start organizing your day? Big changes don’t just happen in a day. It takes time to form these habits. By taking little steps every day to prioritize and plan out your days, you’ll be amazed by the results!
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