Do you find that schedules are too restrictive?
Is it hard to write in a definite time for your tasks due to your unique situation?
Or maybe, you just feel stifled by the grid of a daily planner?
If so , then you may want to consider some creative alternatives to scheduling.
Three Main Things.
Start with the three most important things that you need to do today, and give them a time. If you truly detest scheduling so much, that you can’t bear to schedule even three items, then at least put them in order of importance.
Next, try to determine what portion of the day makes the most sense for each task. Can one of your items only be done before sundown? Like going to the Post office that closes at 5:00?
Or maybe a client asked you to call them around lunch time.
If you can, do the most important items first.
And don’t do anything else during that time, except for what’s on your list.
Now, again, if you can’t do something until a certain time, then do the second or third item on your list.
W.I.N. (What’s Important Now)
What you are doing is prioritizing your tasks. When you do this, you have so much more energy, because you aren’t wasting your energy worrying about that one thing that you know you should do but you are putting off.
Another thing you’ll find is that this helps you do those things that really are important, but aren’t much fun.
When you limit it to three items, and make those the most important ones, you’ll have to admit that there really is no reason not to do them….something that’s called “creative avoidance” when we make ourselves too busy to do the big three.
So, today, if you find yourself feeling like a slacker for not working on your New Year’s Resolutions, try to just write down the three most important things for the day. Just doing this can make a real difference in your motivation level.
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