If you are anything like me, you tend to put into the daily plan more than you can accomplish within a day. You are highly ambitious in your pursuits and you are the opposite of lazy. Although you love what you do, it's not easy to manage yourself to do the work due to the various psychological reasons. I noticed that if I have an unlimited and not prioritized to-do list, I choose to work on what's easy and postpone the tasks that are out of my comfort zone.
Solution: limit workday plan to FOUR ASSIGNMENTS
- MISSION OF THE DAY - non-negotiable top priority work task, that I can accomplish within one day
- URGENT - work task that should be done today
- IMPORTANT - work task that is worth doing today
- PERSONAL - non-negotiable top priority personal task (if any)
My personal guidelines
- estimate the time of accomplishment for each task
- be realistic like goodie oldie Bertrand Russell
- limit daily plan to 5 hours of work or less
- MISSION OF THE DAY is the top priority, the order is flexible
- No URGENT/IMPORTANT/PERSONAL tasks in the day’s plan is OK if there is no time for them
WHEN: during the weekly planning session, final update at the end the day or at the beginning of the new one;
HOW: in a weekly paper logbook. Software options for tasks management like Asana, Evernote didn’t stick with me.
Resources for self-study
- podcast Courage & Clarity Ep 016 [A Clear & Simple Process For Getting More Done In Less Time With Adrienne Dorison];
- Bertrand Russell - among all he is the author of the book [A History of Western Philosophy], that was my entry point into studying philosophy in the non-academic environment.