“I don’t know what happens to my days.” “I have a list, or many lists, actually.” ” Lists don’t work for me.” “I get so easily interrupted and distracted.” “What happened? I had the whole morning to work on this project.”
And the cycle begins, where you try to figure out how this happened. Again.
Productivity and organizational solutions typically need to be tailored to your unique strengths, your environment, your mental or medical health, your emotions, your past, your learned time and self-management skills … you’re unique. This one,though, is a hybrid. The concept works for many people; how we each implement it is unique.
Why Our Days Get Off Track
- Is it a practical issue? Maybe your time estimating needs work?
- Did your emotions take off without you, hijacking your day?
- Did you give yourself too many choices of what you could do? And then didn’t get started. Ran out of time.
- Was it clear in your mind the time you really needed to be back at the office? Or when you needed to start your project or you’d be late? Vague means it’s hard to meet the expectation.
When You Look at Your List in the Morning
Feelings sound like this, when you’re supposed to be devising your plan for the day:
- I don’t feel like working on that project. I’d rather work on this.
- I can’t stand doing that. I can’t even thinking about starting it.
- That’s going to take so long to get done. Where to start?
- I have so much to do. I am so overwhelmed.
Back on Track: Here’s the One Tip
Craft your day’s plan the night before.
If you wait until the morning to plan the day, your approach will be about feelings. Feelings don’t get a big seat at the table of organizing your days if you’re wanting to be productive. They DO need a seat, but not a big one.
Why Does This Work ?
- You have distance from the day’s work. Less emotion about what you have to work on.
- You’re not already sitting at the driver’s wheel, ready to go. If you wait until the morning to create your day’s plan, you’ll dive into whatever is in front of you. And that is rarely the most important thing.
- You have perspective. It’s less about your feelings about a project. Your perspective is more about the rational: the steps you need to plot it out to get started.
- Fewer choices arise when you’re more rational. When you give yourself too many choices (which should I work on today?), you can spend more time choosing than doing.
Be intentional about organizing your days around what is important to you.
Good luck. Let me know how it goes if you like.
If you’ve never done this before and would like some advice, try out a few phone call meetings and we’ll get it in play for you.
603.554.1948 or Sue@CoachSueWest.com