Are you a naturally disorganised person?
I know I am.
I always have been so I’ve had to develop strategies to cope with that, otherwise I can spend all day being busy but never accomplishing anything.
I’ve found that my best days are the ones that I’ve started with a quick planning review session to help me to remember what I need to do and what’s the most important things to address.
This post will guide you through this process and includes a free downloadable worksheet to help you plan your day.
What do you need to do today?
On a spare bit of paper (or a text editor if your prefer to work digitally), write down all the things you think you need to get done today.
Rate each tasks with a number between 1 and 5 indicating its importance (1 being the most important). It might help if you have a scale to work from:
- Absolutely essential – if you don’t get this done, bad things will happen
- Important – it needs to get done, ideally today but it could wait
- Needs doing – it needs to get done but not necessarily today
- Not importance – it could be done any time this week
- Trivial – it’s a task that could be done any time this month
Add yesterday’s undone or unfinished tasks
Add the things that you didn’t get done yesterday to your list. Remember to adjust the importance rating because now that it’s moved to today, it might be more important to get it done.
Write them in order of importance
Using another sheet of paper or the free daily planner that I’ve created for this post, write down your tasks in order of importance so the most essential items are at the top.
The worksheet that I’ve provided also includes checkboxes for you to check each task off as you complete it – there’s no reason that you can’t draw your own if you prefer. 🙂
The important thing is that you can clearly see the order in which you need to tackle your things to do.
Feed and water your brain
Now that you’re all prepared, celebrate with a lovely cup of coffee, tea, or whatever you like drinking in the morning.
If you haven’t had breakfast, get something now so that your brain has the energy it needs to stay focused on your awesome game plan!
You got this! 😀