Do not waste your day away (part 2)
Your list. You’re dreaded to do list. Just sitting down and writing a to do list can scare some of us to the point that we just do not even make one for our day. However, without one you may spend your day wandering around wondering what you need to do.
The following are some ideas to help you with your list:
- Before you fall asleep make your list for the next day
- Number your list making your most dreaded task or your most important task #1
- Be flexible with your list, do know that things will come up and your list will go out the window
- Do not put more on your list than you know that you can accomplish in your day
- As you complete a task cross that item off your list. You will feel a sense of gratification at the end of the day seeing your items crossed off.
- Anything you do not get done, should be #1 on your list for the next day.
One of the most important things you can do to help you accomplish all that is on your list is to create a timetable. This is your time management plan. You may want to work in hour increments, half hour increments or even 15 minute increments. Using your datebook, or a plain piece of paper, write out your start and ending time for your day. Begin with what time you are going to get up, and end with what time your head is going to hit your pillow. Write in everything you are going to do that day, from showering, to family time, meal prep, house cleaning, and the items on your work to do list for your business.
Your time slots that are for business need to be only for business. Do not stop in the middle of your business hours to switch out laundry. You will find something else along the way to do and you will get off of task.
Have a schedule phone time. This is your time to make your phone calls and to return phone calls. Otherwise, let your machine pick up for you.
Have a scheduled computer time. Know when and how long you are going to spend online checking emails and responding to emails. Know when and how long you are going to spend on Facebook or any other sites or online work you need to do.
The most important thing, once again, is flexibility. If you are a parent you know that there are going to be those times when a child comes home from school sick, or you are even sick. Doctor appointments will come. You need to be accepting of the things that come up. Take care of them and then just move onto the next item on your list.