The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
I get a lot of questions on how I find time to do all that I do. It’s not about having time. It’s about making time. With that said I decided to write this blog post sharing what tools and tips I use in order to slay my schedule.
Utilize a Planner
I’m a little old school in which I like to write things down. I have a physical planner that I look at every day to help hold me accountable for what I have to do each day. Some people prefer digital planners like google calendar or they use the calendar on their phone. To each their own as long as you are using a scheduling tool. A planner helps me get a visual of what all I have planned. It also helps me in planning ahead.
If you fail to plan then you plan to fail.
Put any upcoming appointments, vacations, and or events that you have in your planner. If I know I have something coming up I make it a priority to be prepared for it. By seeing it in my planner time and time again it is a constant reminder. I won’t forget the date and I’m not waiting until the last minute to get ready for it. For example, I have dates in my planner filled months in advance for goals I want to accomplish, trips I have planned, and events that I want to go to.
Write A To Do List
Every night before I go to bed I write a to do list for the following day. Anything that I have planned and or need to do I write it down. Then I go to bed and I do not look at it again until the next day.
Time block your to do list. Time blocking is where you plan out your day in advanced and dedicate specific hours to accomplish certain tasks. When I look at my to do list, I time block everything into my schedule. That way it makes everything more manageable. I’ll time bock two hours to edit a video and or an hour for going to the gym. If something takes longer than expected and or I can’t get to something I will just roll it over into the next day.
All work and no play is not good for the soul.
Dont forget to incorporate some playtime into your schedule. I’m afraid if you don’t then you are going to burn yourself out. I include a scheduled coffee date with a girlfriend in my time block, even binge watching Netflix is on my schedule. Be flexible. If you have been working hard and want to take a break then take one.
Use A Timer
I utilize the timer on my phone all of the time. If I don’t want to get stuck working on something for hours. I will set a specific amount of time that I want to dedicate to whatever it is and be done with it. For example, If I have a youtube video that I want to edit I will set aside two hours and then when the two hours are up I’m on to another task. That way I don’t get overwhelmed and I don’t lose track of time.
Make it a Routine
I’m the type of person who likes structure. I personally do not perform well in chaos. A routine is a sequence of actions that are regularly followed. If there are certain things that you do repetitively why not turn it into a routine. For example, I start everyday by checking my email and reviewing my content calendar. Since I do this everyday it has become a routine for me to start my work day. If you follow me on YouTube, you would know that I upload videos on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. With that said on those days all I focus on is Youtube. I will film videos and or be editing videos. That is my routine.
Slay Your Schedule
Now that I have shared how I manage my time, incorporate what tips work for you and slay your schedule.
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