By Edward Denegre
“If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it”. ~Olin Miller
Having a full day ahead should be a great feeling. However, if you’re not careful, the hours can slip away. It’s important to stay organized, keep track of hours from when you open your eyes and have the first coffee to when you put your head down at night. Here are some tips to maintain control of your time.
- Write everything down: when you want to go to the gym, how much you want accomplished by the end of the day. Everything means everything. Write down negative thoughts and anything that might get in the way of your productivity.
- Have some carbs. Coffee isn’t your breakfast. It won’t matter how productive of a day you have planned out if you aren’t properly fueled.
- Set goals for the week, not only for the day. That gives you time to slowly adjust your mind so working out or writing a memo doesn’t seem last minute . Like the above quote suggests, you spend so much time thinking about perfection, you lose opportunities to create. Even if it’s due on Thursday, simply writing a reminder on a sheet of notebook paper Monday can help you remember without making the task seem daunting.
- Don’t waste time. You know yourself. If you keep pushing the clock back, til after lunch, or til after your favorite show ends, you won’t have any energy by the time you’re ready to begin.
- Keep trying and failing. Almost nobody ever strikes gold their first try. Chances are, you won’t get better if you don’t do anything. Sometimes forcing yourself to get started is harder than the work itself. Don’t be discouraged if you aren’t satisfied with your work. Simply keep going.