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πŸ—“οΈ Design Your Dream Schedule

πŸ–οΈ lifestyle Aug 15, 2023

One of the most exciting things about working for yourself is the ability to control how you spend your time.

And yet often when we get that freedom, many of us either overwork ourselves or underutilize the time we allot. Distractions deter us, choices paralyze us, and we find our days ending with the thought “How did I work all day with nothing to show for it?”

In order to use our time effectively, start implementing these three things:

1: Identify your MIT (Most Important Thing)

Before you open an email or check your messages, start the day by asking yourself:

“What’s the one thing that, if I did it, would make the day feel like a win?”

Then structure your day around that goal. Don’t make a habit out of making other people’s priorities your own.

2: Track your time

Constantly overestimating what can be achieved in a day leads to guilt, anxiety, and burnout.

Tracking your time allows you measure how long each task takes. From there, you can more accurately determine what can be done in a day, or what needs to be expedited, automated, or delegated to free up more of your time.

3: Experiment with your schedule

Some people love schedules predefined down to 15-minute intervals. Some people want a single task per day. Some people batch and divide similar tasks by days (coaching on Thursdays) or time of day (emails at 6pm).

If you don’t experiment with time management, you’ll never know what works best for you. Try something new when things feel off, and identify what’s working when you hit your groove.

Remember: High-impact work is always better than high-workload weeks.

Focus on accomplishing your goals in a way that feels sustainable. Eliminate distractions, work with focus, and take breaks when you need them. Build a routine that works best for you.

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