You may be thinking that the world is spinning so much faster these days. Yes, there is not enough time to do everything you have to do in one day anymore. Well, technically that will depend on how well you can manage your time. Many people have mastered the art of time management with discipline and a simple notepad at their disposal. You heard it right, a notepad. Yes, by simply jotting down the tasks you need to do on a given day and assigning a specific time of the day to accomplish it, you can effectively manage the time for that particular day with relative ease. Here are some tips on how you can create a schedule to follow on a daily basis.
- Finalize your tasks for the day. Every day, whenever you wake up and finish your breakfast, get a notepad and start writing all the things you need to do for the week. This will include all the tasks related to work, family, and self that have not yet been completed. Make sure to leave nothing out. This will be your to-do list, which will not necessarily mean that you will need to do every single thing on the list in one day. This just means that these are the tasks you know that you should complete soon. Once everything is written down on a notepad, try to write the deadline or due date beside each task. This will assist you in prioritizing and organizing each task.
- Determine the tasks that can be done for the day. Since you can do a bunch of tasks in one day, analyze each task in your list relative to the due date or deadline. Try to shortlist a number of tasks that you can start and complete for the day. Write these in another paper. Once the task list for the day has been ascertained, then you can proceed to the scheduling of each task.
- Set the time of the day for each task. Now that you have a task list for the day, start listing the time of the day wherein you can do the specific task. Place a timeslot there. Make sure to leave a little allowance to the time estimates to complete the tasks. For instance, if a certain task will require an hour to complete, then make sure to give it an hour and 15 minutes on your schedule just in case you won’t finish in time. This way, your schedule will not get ruined just by a few minutes of delay. Now, if you do finish early, then you can either get a head start on the next task or take a breather.
- Stick to the schedule. Creating the schedule for the day is the easy part. The hard part is sticking to it. A decent level of discipline and awareness will be needed here. To make the schedule more effective, try to keep a copy in your pocket at all times. Once you complete a task, cross it out on the list and proceed with the next one.
The daily schedule is an important tool that you can use to manage your time more efficiently. President Barak Obama uses it every single day hence, you should do too.