If you know me personally, you’d know I’m huge on planning. Any day of mine that isn’t planned can be, as well, useless. Whenever I set my mind to do stuff, I plan, even if it’s in my head.
Planning is something I’ve grown used to over the years and it’s so helpful, it can’t be over emphasized.
Quick question: how often do you plan?
I got a planner some time ago after I got tired of writing on any random note, and I still hardly ever use it I’m used to writing down a to-do list on my phone or a small notebook that’s almost ever with me, partly because the planner is a bit restricted.
Benefits of Planning:
· It keeps you on track for whatever you want to accomplish in a day.
· It helps you plan your day/week effectively.
· There’s a feeling of accomplishment at the end of the day.
· It aids growth, immensely.
· Prevents procrastination.
However, what you shouldn’t do when planning is to go past your strength or pile up a whole bunch of things to do at once, what I mean is, do not wait till you’ve gotten to a deadline before you start planning. It might help but you’ll be stressing yourself a whole lot! You might have 10 things you need to do, 8 of them would take a whole lot of time to accomplish, and you should ask yourself these:
· Can I actually do all these in a day?
· If I die, the world would move on, right?
If you can’t finish all 8 at once, and you have time left, break them into days and fit in the smaller tasks. You can do 3 in one day, 3 the next day and 2 on the third day. That way, you’re more relaxed. Also, set out time frames for when you want to accomplish each task: how many minutes/hours it would take and what time is best. This particular step helps a lot when I’m reading for tests or exams.
Another thing to do while planning is to also insert times for breaks and leisure, because… you’re not a robot. Take out time to rest in a day and at the end, as you tick things off your checklist, you’ll be so happy with yourself.
Important things to note while planning your day:
· Priority tasks- the most important tasks for the day, should be limited, 5 at most.
· Action tasks- what you need to do to ensure you take control of your day.
· Break time- time allocated for rest.
· Time frames- set out time it would take to complete each task, be truthful about this and try not to burn yourself out.
Happy Planning! I hope this was helpful.
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