Plan to Get it Done

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Time Management | 0 comments

Plan to Get it Done

Plan to Get it Done

 

We’ve all heard the quote, “Failure to plan is planning to fail.” This is especially true in managing your time. How many times have you ended up at the end of the day without accomplishing anything you needed to do? Planning how you will use your time will help you get the important things done.

Many people resist planning their time because they think they have to schedule every minute of the day. In truth, you can be as detailed in your planning as you are comfortable. If the thought of being tied to a rigid time schedule makes you break out in rash, don’t do it. Instead use blocks of time. Assigning blocks of time to the types of things you need to get done allows flexibility in when to accomplish tasks. If you need to spend two hours a day on long term projects, and two hours each week reviewing documents, those two hour blocks can be assigned to any time period of the day or week. They are on your schedule, but not welded to a specific hour.

All of us tend to put off doing the things we don’t like to do. A technique that helps some people, is to create a time block for “stuff I hate to do.” Labeling this time block with your own description might make it easier to swallow. A block of time dedicated to accomplishing distasteful tasks allows you to limit the time you have to force yourself to do them, but still gets them accomplished. Some people try to get the bad stuff out of the way first thing in the morning. Others would rather schedule these tasks later in the day after they’ve done some things they enjoy. It doesn’t matter when you do it, as long as you work on the “stuff I hate to do” on a regular basis.

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