Are you living the life you want or does life seem to be going nowhere?
If it’s the latter, why do you think things just haven’t been working out right for you?
Could it be that you don’t have a plan?
I know that many of you claim it’s that you don’t have enough hours in the day to get things done.
Well we each only get 24 hours a day. And you will only have 7 days in each week.
So you need to find how to get the most out of the hours you have. The best way for you to do this is to become a brilliant planner of your day.
When it comes to life, most people are mere spectators. They watch events unfold a day at a time. Yet they do very little to ensure they make the most of each day.
There are many things that the 21st century makes a lot easier for us. Yet with all the advances we enjoy, being productive in our day-to-day living has in many ways never been more difficult, with so many distractions trying to derail us.
The best possible way of starting your day is planning your day. Planning bridges the gap from where you are to where you want to go, by allowing you to determine the steps you need to take and when you’re going to take them. Inn truth you should do this for 10 minutes the night before.
Let’s not complicate things here. A plan is simply a reminder of what you thought was important to pay attention to and organising your day ahead with each thing you’re going to do. Planning your day will make a massive difference to what you achieve each day, month, and year. It ensures you don’t waste your time away reacting to the distractions, disruptions and other things trying to knock you off course. If you want to make the most of your day, planning it well is important. But how do you do that?
You have to spend a concentrated amount of time thinking about the day as a whole, and how would it be best to make it great. You need to craft the ‘perfect’ day based on your clear priorities.
Stephen Covey demonstrates a simple way of looking at your day. Using a bucket, some sand, and several rocks of various sizes where the sand represents all the busy work that we have to do, like answering the phone, reading email, filing away papers, etc and the rocks represent all the important things that we have to do, such as setting goals for the year, launching a new project, getting our health right. The bucket represents all the time we have for all the demands of our lives.
What happens with most of us is that we fill up our buckets with the sand first, and then we can only put a few rocks on top, and there’s no more room for the rest. What he suggested is that we put all our rocks into the bucket first, and then fill in all the available spaces with the sand. And miraculously, everything fits in our container!
As its important to get the big things done first you have to start with the rocks. They are your priority. Only once they’re completed should you divert your attention to the other stuff.
Ask yourself “What do I really want to achieve tomorrow?”
This is one of the most important questions you can ask yourself. I ask myself this question all the time.
So, what is the one most important thing you will do today? What are your priorities?
My suggestion to you is to sit down with a blank piece of paper and decide what will make the day highly successful. What can you realistically accomplish that will further your goals and allow you to leave at the end of the day feeling like you’ve been productive and successful? Write those things down. Once you’ve done this schedule those things into time slots, placing the hardest and most important items at the beginning of the day.
By being ready for your day you’re in a position to be proactive instead of just reacting to what life throws in your path today. Then you need to be disciplined and stick to what you planned. Do everything you can to eliminate distractions and really focus on what you have to do. You will be amazed how much more productive you can be.
Just make sure you stick to your plan.