7 Tips for Planning
by Barbara Myers
In order to accomplish something significant during your day try
these seven tips:
1. Look at your schedule
for tomorrow and note your available or non-scheduled time.
2. Think about your
priorities for tomorrow. Is there a project you've been meaning to
complete or a pile of paperwork to sort through or a proposal that needs
to be written? Write down your priorities.
3. Schedule time blocks in
your day. Do like activities together when possible. Return
phone calls together. Check and respond to emails only at two or
three specific times during the day. Run all errands during one
trip out of the office.
4. Plan for tomorrow at the
end of today's work day. You will know your schedule and your
priorities, and your to do's are fresh in your mind.
5. Schedule loosely.
Leave yourself enough free time to deal with interruptions and
6. Make a daily appointment
with yourself for at least 30 minutes. Close your door. Work
on whatever is most important.
7. Plan on spending five
minutes on something you have been procrastinating. The most
difficult step of any task you've been putting off is the first step.
Generally, once you start, you will not stop after only five minutes.
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