Planning your workday

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Planning your workday

Here’s a map that will help you plan your workday

Many people start their day by reviewing the tasks that are swirling in our heads. Many of the tasks are a mix of emails and projects. It can all feel like a priority. It can be overwhelming. And trying to understand it all can drain more energy than the actual task. It becomes second-nature to engage in chaotic rituals that reduce our productivity. This mental dance is something I am familiar with. You most likely do, too.

Apps can be a great support system. These tools can help you to adopt the habit of focusing on small wins every single day. Here’s a guideline to help you get started with your daily planning.

Start small victories

  • Your day starts with how you start it. To help you develop other productive habits, it’s a good idea for your day to start with a small win. You could choose to make a cup or two of coffee, or clean your desk. To jumpstart your productivity, you’ll need to pick a calming, low-stress task.
  • We feel more accomplished when we win small victories. This has a profound impact on our work performance and how we feel. Each person will have a different experience. It all comes down to our habits and routines, which help us focus and complete tasks. For some, sticky notes or checklists work. Others might use an assortment of unusual shorthand’s such as unread emails or open tabs to remind them of what they still need to do. It’s a messy collection of cues and tools.
  • We feel more accomplished when we make small wins. This has a profound impact on our work performance and how we feel. It’s easy to see how most projects are broken down into smaller tasks and processes that can be shared across teams and roles. Instead of listing the whole project as the goal for your day, consider the individual tasks you must complete.
  • There is likely to be some code to write, or you need to spend an entire hour diagnosing the issues that are holding your back. These are tangible, small tasks that you can complete and you’ll feel a sense accomplishment that will propel you to the next task. You can even make a list of all the things you want to do each day. It’s a small victory that can grow into a big win over time. It’s a way to increase productivity.

Planning your workdayPlan Approach to your Workday

1.Organise tasks according to priority

Prioritise the most important tasks first in your schedule. These tasks should be prioritised to be completed first. You can schedule those that are less urgent to be put off or at the end of your week, depending on which calendar type you have.
After you have sorted your tasks according to priority, it is time to mark them. This is easy with electronic calendars. You can set high-priority tasks apart from the rest using color codes.
You can also use this time to take notes in your planner. If you have any information you need about a task you should remember, be sure to note it down. You will be able to recall the finer details you often forget by placing a note next to each task.

2. Give yourself time to complete your tasks

Each task will require a different amount of time. You can allocate different amounts of time for different tasks depending on the complexity of each task and your ability. You might consider adding a note explaining why each task will take you so long.
Be realistic while you are at it. Don’t spend too much time on any one item. This will only lead to frustration. This can lead to frustration. Even if there are no unintended distractions, it is important to not underestimate the time it will take to complete each task. It is important to think carefully about how long you will spend on a task.
You should consider that distractions are common, so you need to plan accordingly. You should also consider breaks between tasks. Between tasks, you may wish to bring snacks and meals. You should plan for these things so that there are no unexpected hiccups.

3. Plan for some contingency time

The contingency plan covers any unforeseen situations that may arise during the day. It could be an emergency briefing or a lengthy phone conversation with a customer. A 20 percent increase in time will make you feel more relaxed. It will make you happy that you have added those extra minutes so that you don’t get behind even if there is an unexpected interruption.
It depends on how complex a task is, it may take quite some time to prepare for the actual work. It is a good idea to have some extra time so that everything can be done correctly. If your job is unpredictable, you might need to have more contingency time. It is impossible to predict when something will happen so it is better to be prepared. This way, you don’t have to be discouraged if something happens.
Consider working outside of regular work hours if you have to. It might surprise you to discover how productive these extra hours can be. It’s all about finding out how much work you can do in a given time and completing the tasks that are required.

4. Reevaluate the items in your planner

You may need to adjust due to a change in the activity you have planned or some details that were not included from the beginning.
You can put items first if you have to move them. This will ensure that they are not affected by the change. When making changes, make sure you only move items that can be moved, and not those with high priority.

Summary

It’s easier to change a bad habit and increase productivity. This is about focusing on small tasks that you do consistently over time. You’ll soon find that you don’t think as much and can use your brain for creative problem solving. The first step to forming better habits for planning your days is to look at it with small wins in view.

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