Time Management Tip #8 – Plan Your Day

Often we approach our days without a clear intention for what we will accomplish. If this is how you do things, then chances of your being pulled this way and that by distractions and other people’s urgencies is much greater. Having no distinct intention for your day can also result in reaching the end of your day and wondering what you have accomplished.

Planning your day can help you accomplish more and feel more in control of your life. Don’t plan every minute, but do set your intention for what you will accomplish. Planning your day is a more purposeful way to approach it.

There are several different ways to plan your day.Make a plan

1. You might just set a couple intentions. For example, “I will connect with Bob today and convey to him the importance of this project so that we develop a timeline for the project that we both will stick to. And, I will get the Smith proposal off my desk.”

2. Another way would be to plan more of your day via calendar. This might mean scheduling specific segments of the day in your calendar to “work on the Smith proposal” or “meet with Bob.”

3. Or you might put these items on a To Do list for the day. Be sure to distinguish this from a To Do list with an unspecified timeframe. Right now we are suggesting how to plan each day.

You may want to experiment with each of these three methods. See which works best for you. Or come up with another way to plan your day.

In the evenings, compare your outcomes with your morning intention. See how you do, what works best and what you need to change for the following day.

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Cami McLaren

is the owner of McLaren Coaching. She has been coaching professionals and leaders since early 2008. She runs Transformative Coaching Essentials, a coach training program that produces first rate Professional Coaches and "Coach-Style Leaders." She coaches individually and works with organizations to improve communication, time management, productivity and ultimately bring greater results.

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