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The importance of planning your day in advance

Updated: Nov 17




One of the smartest things you can do to be more productive is to plan your day in advance.


When you have a plan, you know exactly what you need to do and when you need to do it.


This eliminates a lot of stress and allows you to focus on one task at a time.


However, many people make common mistakes when planning their day, which ultimately hinders their productivity.


In this article, we will discuss eight ideas to help you plan your day in advance.


1. The importance of planning your day in advance

The importance of planning your day in advance can't be overstated.

When you take the time to plan out your day, you're able to prioritize tasks and ensure that you're taking care of the most important things first.

You're also able to schedule breaks and make sure that you're not underestimating how long tasks will take.

Additionally, when you plan your day in advance, you're able to delegate tasks to others, which can help you maximize your productivity.

2. Not prioritizing tasks

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when planning your day is not prioritizing tasks.

It's important to prioritize tasks so that you're able to focus on the most important things first.

I like to ask the question, "What's Most Important, Right Now?"

Patrick Lencioni explains this concept in his book The Advantage.

Although he aims it at teams, it's a great question for individuals to ask themselves in order to increase productivity.

When you don't prioritize tasks, you may find yourself working on things that aren't as important, which can ultimately hinder your productivity.

3. Not scheduling breaks

Another mistake people make when planning their day is not scheduling breaks.

It's important to take breaks throughout the day so that you can recharge and avoid burnout.

Without breaks, you'll likely find yourself feeling overwhelmed and stressed, which can impact your productivity.

One of the best ways to include breaks in your day is to use the Pomodoro Method.

4. The Pomodoro Method

The Pomodoro Method is a time management technique that can help you to be more productive.

The method is named after the tomato-shaped kitchen timer that Italian developer Francesco Cirillo used to track his 25-minute intervals of work and 5-minute breaks in the 1980s.

The Pomodoro Method is simple.

You break your work down into 25-minute intervals, with 5-minute breaks in between.

This helps to keep you focused and prevents you from getting overwhelmed.

5. Underestimating how long tasks will take

One of the biggest mistakes people make when planning their day is underestimating how long tasks will take.

It's important to be realistic about how long tasks will take so that you're not overcommitting yourself.

If you don't allow enough time for a task, you'll likely find yourself rushing through it, which can impact your quality of work.

Have you heard of The Planning Fallacy before?

6. The Planning Fallacy

The Planning Fallacy is a cognitive bias that causes people to underestimate how long tasks will take.

This often leads to people overcommitting themselves and subsequently, rushing through tasks.

The Planning Fallacy can be avoided by being realistic about how long tasks will take.

When you do the math, this means if we expect to take 8 hours to do our work today, realistically we're planning to attempt 24 hours of work in a day.

This is why we're always falling behind and getting frustrated.

Instead, whatever you assume will take three hours is likely to take you the whole day.

Thinking like this takes a load off your mind, too!

7. Not delegating tasks

Another mistake people make when planning their day is not delegating tasks.

When you delegate tasks, you're able to maximize your productivity by using others' strengths to help you get things done.

Delegating also allows you to focus on the most important tasks and eliminates distractions.

8. Not preparing for obstacles

One of the smartest things you can do when planning your day is prepare for obstacles.

When you know there are potential obstacles in your way, you're able to plan for them and avoid them altogether.

By preparing for obstacles, you're able to stay focused and productive during the day.

In conclusion, planning your day in advance is crucial to your productivity.

By taking the time to plan, you can avoid making common mistakes that can hinder your productivity.

So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your day today!

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