Whether you work in an office or at home, your last task of the day should be to plan tomorrow. Before you close the office door, take some time to look at what you’ve accomplished during the day and plan tomorrow.
Why plan tomorrow
Many people waste a significant amount of time first thing in the morning, planning what they are going to do for the rest of the day. For some this can even be a form of procrastination and can make it hard to make a start and therefore become productive, the next thing they know, it’s lunch time and they feel that they’ve achieved nothing, this is demoralizing and the procrastination cycle starts again.
When you take the time to plan tomorrow and organize your daily time schedule, you’ll find you go through the day much more effectively than without organization.
Even if your plans go awry, it’s more productive to be able to look at your schedule and make adjustments than it is to be constantly devising new plans.
How to plan tomorrow
Begin by thinking through what you need to achieve the next day. Are there any scheduled meetings you have to attend? Build these in to your schedule first, and remember to allow for some prep time. Then, begin prioritizing your tasks for the day.
When it comes to which tasks to complete first thing in the morning many people believe in the Brian Tracy philosophy of ‘eating the frog’ and completing the more difficult tasks first. I think that sometimes this can get us bogged down before the day even begins and so I advise my clients to start with the easier tasks first, completing a few warm up tasks gives you success and momentum to move on to the more difficult tasks in a positive frame of mind.
Whichever way you prefer beware of falling into the trap of checking emails first thing in the morning or doing other easy activities that take up your important morning time.
Organize your desk or computer tasks so when you begin to work the next day, you’ll be ready to jump in the middle, with no time wasted by having to plan or organize.
The old saying that tomorrow never comes may be true but you will help yourself greatly if you plan tomorrow before you leave work, just in case it does.
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Till Next Time
Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor