Optimizing your daily schedule
Are you not able to prepare a daily schedule and follow it? Do you feel like you are wasting your days scrolling Facebook and Instagram posts? Do you want to use your time to become productive? If yes, then you have come to the right place.
Have you noticed that there is one thing common in all the successful people; they all stay organized and follow a routine. Everyone has a list of tasks to be done over time. But how to manage that? Which tasks to start first? How to get motivated? To solve your problem, the answer is to arrange an achievable daily schedule of tasks.
How to make a daily schedule?
Plan out a to-do list for every day prior to bed
When you begin your day without having a tentative plan of activities, you will end up wasting a lot of time trying to decide what and when to do them. Besides, you will have a higher chance of forgetting an important task.
So, list out all the activities you need to complete by the end of the day or soon tomorrow. Also, try to include a part of the tasks that are very long even though the deadline is far away. This helps you to avoid last-minute stress. After listing out all your small to bigger tasks, move on to the second point. You can take help from the guide, 6 Best Student Planner Apps.
Use Eisenhower Matrix
After making a list of tasks, you may still be confused about where to start from. For that, segregate your list of to-do tasks into urgent/ not urgent and important/not important. And assign them under the following cells;
If the task is important and has to be completed urgently, do it first- right now! If the task is important but not very urgent, schedule it for a feasible time. If the task is not very important but has to be completed urgently, ask your friends, cousin or anyone to help you complete it. If the task is neither important nor has to be done urgently ignore it – don’t do it.
Eat the frog first
Now you have a clearer vision of how to complete your tasks. It would be very easy for you if you have identified only one task as urgent and important because you can start it right away! But what if, you have a list of 2-3 or more tasks? You eat the frog first!
Eat the frog first means to do your worst task at first. If you complete that hurdle, other tasks will feel easier. If you push the worst task behind, you’ll keep on procrastinating. Did you know, eat the frog first came from the book ‘Eat That Frog, 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time’ by Brian Tracy. Get the book on Daraz!
No one can be productive all the time. We are humans, not diligent computers. If you feel that you are doing great by not taking breaks at all, you are probably not doing the task properly because you will lose your focus. It is important to take a break and re-energize yourself before you break out. Learn how to take better breaks.
In conclusion, all you have to do is be prepared the day before by listing out the activities you need to complete, segregating them on the basis of the task importance and urgency, completing the worst but important and urgent task first, and taking breaks to avoid burn out.
It will be unfair to judge the practicality of any methods without trying it out. Promise to yourself to start scheduling from today and optimize your day for maximum efficiency. If you have trouble concentrating, we have 4 concentration hacks for you!
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