The Easy Way to Fully Optimize Your Day
Goodness, do you find yourself wishing there were 25 hours in a day? If you had one more hour, you’d be able to mark 16 things off of your to-do list? No need to change time, I’m here to help optimize your day with superior planning!
If you’re like me, your days are similar to one another without a lot of things added to the mix. Mondays are a catch up of the weekend, no matter what business you’re in, and Fridays are the breath of fresh air, knowing that you survived another week.
I used to drive myself completely nuts on fitting everything into one day, trying to get everything marked off of the list and falling flat on my face by the end of the day. In the last few months, I found my saving grace in a process called Time Blocking.
Now, if you already plan out your months and weeks, this is going to be the easiest fix you can do to get your day fully optimized. We’re talking crazy optimized! Within these few months, I went from completing 4 tasks per day to double. There was time that I didn’t even know I had!
If you're looking on how to make your day more productive, check out my Productivity Guide. Being a recovering procrastinator, these steps are what catapulted me into a productive powerhouse! As always, these are super easy steps that you can take today to begin seeing immediate results.
Also! Check out the Planning tag. This tag has everything you need to plan a no-nonsense day, jam packed with everything you need to achieve your goals! The Productivity hub is also your place to find all the tips & tricks to get those goals & dreams into the done-pile.
Break Down Your Day by the Hour
We’re talking the entire day! From alarm going off in the morning to setting it and double checking before bed. Write them out!
I picked up a Day Designer planner which already did the leg work for me. This is great for helping to see the big picture and achieve my goals this year. This was a serious game-changer for me. Not only did I find guidance that I didn’t know that I needed, but it tapped into an incessant need to journal and color-code. That’s not weird, right? Am I the only one?
List your To-Do’s
Once your day is broken down by hour, list all of the to-do’s for the week. You heard me: the week! Don’t feel overwhelmed, since we will be taking these and making them into bit-sized pieces. Pop those eyeballs back in, and let’s get to divvying up these tasks.
Now it’s time to look at your week with all of those hours lined up and ready to be planned. For each task, estimate your “worst-case-scenario” time like we talked about last week and plan for your distractions. If you know the kiddos are always wound up around 3:00, pencil that time in for yourself!
Don’t forget to add in little things like dinner prep and laundry! The first week I completed mine, I was so pumped and forgot to add the household stuff to my day. Whoops! It was an easy fix, but still embarrassing nonetheless.
Leave Emergency Time Open in Your Schedule
Leave a few hours each day open so you can plan for those day-of emergencies. There is nothing more defeating than having your day side-tracked by an unplanned emergency, but at least you can have open time for them as they come.
For me, three is the magic number when optimizing my day. An hour in the morning, afternoon and then closer to the evening will prevent double-booking or emergency sabotage!
Am I the only one who is addicted to office supplies? Even as a kid, there was this odd fascination with a good pen or a crisp sheet of construction paper. With a Day Planner, this allows the creativity to flow with color-coding, tape dividers, stickers, all of this! Makes my little heart flutter just thinking of it.
It’s tough in a black and white world to find a creative voice, but with planning it allows me to trick the system. You can plan for the rigid every day tasks, but write it in a sparkly gel pen! Make it your's and own that to-do list.
What does your planner look like? Tell me about it in the comments below!