How to be productive when there are so many things to do, yet so little time to accomplish it? I guess most of us experienced the same dilemma at one point in our lives. When we heard about how successful people manage their time effectively and productively, we often wonder how do they do it? They made it look so easy and here you are thinking about how you were so busy during the day just to realize you didn’t accomplish more than you think you did.
As an excuse, there are just so many distractions surrounding us. Even when you are working from home at the moment, there are lots of things that will capture your attention away from your work. The best thing to do to combat this problem? Planning.
“Stop waiting for motivation or inspiration to strike you and set a schedule for your habits” – James Clear
Why Is Planning Important?
The key to effective time management is planning. There are times when you wake up in the morning and you feel motivated to get things done during the day. There are also times when you are not motivated to work and just want to lay in bed the whole day. If we will rely solely on our mood, we won’t achieve anything at all.
Also, by planning your day ahead, it will help you from saying no to distractions around you. It won’t be easy, but seeing how full your schedule Is and how important it is for you to finish the task is motivation enough to continue working.
Take note though, when you desire to be productive, you need to be consistent. By consistency, it means building a habit that will help you get things done during the day. Thus, it isn’t enough to just plan things in your head because there is a higher probability of you forgetting about it as the day goes by.
How to Plan Your Day
There are many methods, strategy or technique you can use in planning your day. One of the popular methods use is time blocking. In this method, you split up your day into distinct blocks of time, dedicate each block of time to completing only a specific task or set of tasks.
The Weekly & Monthly Appointment Book & Planner by StriveZen fits best in doing the time blocking productivity method. You can plan your day, week, and months ahead plus extra pages to write down notes. Each daily column starts at 7 AM and goes through 8 PM with each hour divided into 4 sections of 15 minutes each. Also, it is pack with other important features like pockets to keep your important documents, bookmark for easy page tagging, contact information page, and so much more. Using this appointment book and planner will help you be organized and productive in your daily life.