On a daily basis, we push ourselves to accommodate our busy schedules and often end up exhausted and without energy to do the things we really want to be doing. Since we can’t add more hours to the day, we need to get the most out of the hours we have. Prioritizing and focus are the keys to getting our tasks accomplished without wearing ourselves out in the process.
1.) Identify any tasks that have a time constraint, such as taking kids to and from school or attending medical appointments.
2.) List any goals you intend to accomplish today, such as specific housework tasks, making phone calls, answering emails or devoting some time to work-at-home projects.
3.) List the tasks in order of importance so that the first one on your list will be done first.
4.) Begin your day by working on the first activity on your list. Ideally, you would begin with the first task on the list, but here is the trick: begin with the first task on the list that you know you can thoroughly complete before being interrupted. This is often easier said than done, but an example would be you need to mow the lawn and that’s top on your list. You know there isn’t enough time to do that before you take the kids to school, so go to the second item on your list which is to pay two bills. You can get the bills paid in the time you have before the activity with the time constraint (taking the kids to school). When you return home, you can go back to the first item on the list (mowing the lawn) and you now have the time to complete it.
5.) Conntinue throughout your day working through your list of tasks in order of importance. At the end of the day, begin a new list for tomorrow, moving anything that did not get done today to tomorrow’s list.