As a business owner, you know that a day can go by very quickly. And if you don’t have a clear idea of what you want to achieve throughout the day, it can go by fast. And your efforts would amount nothing.
As a freelance professional with over four years of experience, I found two articles highlighting the importance of time management and planning the day.
The first article, titled “An 18-Minute Plan for Managing Your Day” by Peter Bregman focuses on how to take 18 minutes throughout the day to keep you focus on what needs to be done. Bregman recommends using 5 minutes every morning to plan the day. Then, take a minute at the top of every hour to bring attention to yourself. And finally, take five minutes at the end of the day to review your day.
The second article, written by Thanh Phan and titled “How to Plan Your Perfect Day for Superhuman Productivity”, presents a similar concept for you to manage your time. Phan also gives you a step-by-step plan for you to plan your day and get the most out of it. Furthermore, Phan believes you should plan your day the night before – so you jump right away onto what you need to do.
How to Plan Out Your Day
Drawing on those two articles, as well as my experience as a freelancer for over four years, I have listed three action steps that I would recommend to business owners who are looking to make the most out of their workday:
- Take Care of Business Early: schedule the most important tasks of the day to be done between the time you wake up and noon.
- Control Your Afternoons: Leave Routinary activities for the afternoons. That way, in case of an emergency, you can pick up what you left off tomorrow.
- Plan in the evenings: Allow the body and the mind to recharge at nighttime. But take a quick moment to map out the next day on your calendar or planner.
Starting today, you can make the most out of your workdays by planning accordingly and staying focused.