In the last couple of years, I have found a daily, weekly, and monthly schedule works best. It sounds like overkill, but hear me out. It prevents overwhelm, tracks progress, and stops tasks from falling through the cracks.
I create an Excel spreadsheet with 12 sections, one for each month of the year. I drop into each month what actions I will take towards my goals. I am as realistic as possible, often doubling the time I think the activity will take to make sure it gets done. I print this list to keep with my daily notes.
At the beginning of each month, I review what I’ve committed to completing then add those actions to my weekly action plan. I pencil into a printed calendar what I need to do, check if I am realistic with my time while accounting for other events and meetings. I complete this process every Monday morning. At the beginning of each day, I have no question what I will jump into, and when I need to get it done by.
If this isn’t for you, perhaps try a production schedule approach. Keep adjusting until you find what is second nature.
To Keep Yourself Motivated, Track Your Progress by Striking Things From Your Monthly To-do List Once They Are Complete
Every week I record what I got done the previous week, I can quickly feel a sense of pride for what I’ve completed, or if I have been slacking, make adjustments to improve how I use my time.
Keep It Simple, Make It a Part of Your Daily Life, Have It Visible, and a Little Flexible; Over Time, You Will Discover the Best Way To Keep Yourself on Track
NEXT BLOG, We Will Look At the Most Crucial Step, Changing Your Habits
Nothing new comes from repeating your current actions. Change your practices to make sure your goals and schedule come to life.
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