Darey Alexa from The Design Alcove asked me how I was able to stick to my planned schedule. So, although you may have created a schedule for the week, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll always be able to follow through it. Here, I give you four easy tips to follow, so you can begin checking things off your to do list, but to also realize that your life isn’t simply a check list, but a life – so enjoy it!
- Create a realistic schedule: The first mistake people make is they overload their schedule. They want to accomplish so much, but never really get anything done. When you see a large list of to dos, it overwhelms you, so you don’t know where to start, and end up not doing much. I usually aim for 5 things to do every day max. If you’re also writing down a planned timetable for your to dos, make sure to create bumpers in between tasks. People tend to plan one thing right after another, but that’s not how life works. You may be commuting or eating or you may need to take a nap. Space out your tasks with enough bumper time.
- Plan your day the night before: I don’t like to plan my day in the morning because I’ll run through what I have to do in my head before I sleep. And, that makes it much more difficult for me to fall asleep! I also like to get a jump start to my day and tackle my tasks right away. I like to use the infographic below as a guide to figure out what task to do during what time.
- Highlight 3 tasks to prioritize. This will allow you to tackle your “larger to do list” by breaking it down into smaller portions. It also gives you a sense of accomplishment when you complete these tasks.
- Leave room to for spontaneity. Don’t treat your life like a giant to-do list. I get it, we have to get our shit done, but leave room to live. If I get an invite to do something that I want to take, I’ll move around my schedule, so I can do it. Usually though I like to leave my Fridays and Saturdays for spontaneity. I don’t meal prep for my weekends either that way I can either eat out or make something that I’m in the mood for.
What do you do to help you keep to your schedule, or to get things done? Let me know in the comment section!