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Control Your Day or Your Day Will Control You

Apr 7, 2008
Our days fly by so quickly that without a plan, it is easy to lose the value of them completely. All of the tasks we need to complete are easily neglected for things that pop up and grab our attention. When this happens too often, we are allowing the day to control us, when to be effective and successful we need to be in control of our days.

Spending time wisely naturally plays a big role in the level of success a person can achieve. You can read all the self help literature you want but without some sort of plan for your day, your day will simply "happen" to you. You will not accomplish much and you will miss out on new opportunities because you will be in such a constant state of being behind, that you will be out of time for anything else.

Your first step is to plan your day. Create a routine for writing down the tasks you need to complete for the day, as well as to set and review your goals. This could be at night before you go to bed or first thing in the morning.

Set times to start and finish your projects so that one task doesn't hijack your whole day. Divide big tasks into a series of smaller ones to be completed in increments.

This will allow the eventual completion of the big project, as well as attention to all other matters of the day. Perhaps most importantly, you need to create routines. Your day planning itself should be a routine, as should all your small recurring tasks such as managing email, reading the news, and project implementation.

Break these bigger tasks down into several smaller tasks so that they can be finished a little at a time, while not consuming your whole day. Lastly, get into routines for your recurring daily tasks such as reading email, reading the news, working on projects, etc.

They usually only take a minute so handle them and move on. You will feel better, be more productive and suffer less stress. Much of your day can also be eaten up by over thinking the start of a new project.

We dread it so we focus on it for a minute, while not really taking any action, then put it aside to waste more of our time later. You know it has to get done, and you will eventually have to deal with it, so either tackle it at the moment or put it aside for a scheduled later time. Then do not think about it again until it is time to work on it.
About the Author
The Author, Elliott Roberts, is a writer at Becomng, a Personal Development blog that covers issues from software to meditation. Find additional Time Management posts over here.
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