If you’re looking for different ways to plan your day, you’ve come to the right place. Because I get it, adulting is by far one of the most challenging things to do. Something as simple as getting your daily tasks accomplished can seem impossible!
But, with trial and error, a few missed deadlines, and life turned upside down due to improper planning, I’ve figured out a way to lessen the load.
And I’ll be real, some days are much easier than others. I know the feeling of just not giving an F for the day and letting things just fall where they may. But it’s usually followed by unfavorable consequences.
So, it’s good to have a routine and tools that help you to stay on track with accomplishing your daily goals.
One thing I’ll mention before getting into the 6 expert ways to plan your day is the importance of having clearly defined goals and intentions.
A quick way to ensure that you’ll never get anything done is by doing things that don’t align with your purpose. It won’t feel good. It’ll seem purposeless.
Plan your day like a boss
1. Plan your day ahead of time.
It’s simple, planning your day starts with planning your week. Planning your week starts with planning your month. Go back as far as you want with that.
Think, yearly and quarterly goals and work from that. If you can’t think big picture in that way, it’s cool, no worries. Start as early as the day before and that’ll put you in a better position than day-of planning.
Like mentioned above, start with defining your goals and plan your day based on the goals. These could be personal and professional goals.
I like to group all my goals together because it’s too much for me to separate work life from personal life. Do what works best for you.
2. Wake up early.
You’ve probably heard it a million times but it’s true. Waking up early is the game changer. It’s the best way to really take control of your day.
I have a 5 am checklist of the things that help me get the day started. Some of those things include exercise, journaling, and cleaning up.
Feel free to tailor your checklist how you see fit but having a morning routine is the best way to conquer waking up before the sun.
Trust me, I know how hard it is to get up when it’s cold and your bed is comfortable. Oh and if you have a cuddle buddy, it’s twice as hard.
But if you fight through the discomfort, you will feel so accomplished by noon. I promise.
3. Prioritize tasks in order of importance.
My strategy for prioritizing tasks is to do the most difficult and most impactful things first. While your brain is fresh and you have the most ambition, get those difficult tasks done.
Trying to get them done after 3 pm when your motivation is wearing off is a recipe for the task to never get done. The Eisenhower Matrix is a great reference point in understanding how to prioritize tasks.
4. Time block each task.
The gist is that you set 25-minute blocks of time to work on your tasks with 5-10 minute breaks in between. If you have the ability to work on your tasks for longer periods of time by all means, set the timer and do your thing.
But for those of us who get distracted and/or bored easily, the Pomodoro method is a winner to help you complete your daily tasks.
5. Leverage technology to be more efficient.
There are so many useful digital tools that can help boost your productivity. Starting with a digital planner. The Nerd Bae’s digital planner was written with the intention of merging journaling with life management.
This is the best digital planner to take with you on the go so you never forget the things you have to accomplish throughout the day. It can be accessed and edited from any mobile device.
From journaling your thoughts on the go to checking off items on your to-do list, this tool will definitely help you own your day like a boss.
Another way to leverage technology is through note-taking apps, scheduling apps, and project management apps that allow you to set automations and reminders to keep you on point.
6. Reflect and adjust as needed.
When the day is done, be sure to go back to ensure that each task is completed or rescheduled. Take this time to acknowledge and celebrate your successes.
Reflecting also gives you the opportunity to make adjustments to be more efficient in the coming days.