You can keep a balanced life between work and personal activities when you create a daily schedule and are able to stick to it.
With a daily schedule, your goals in the future can someday become your present. Everything you do daily will help you scratch off your goals one by one in the future.
You’d know what to prioritize when you have laid out all your tasks in a schedule for the day. It also gives your work day a structure to follow—making you productive and efficient in finishing your work tasks.
You can procrastinate a little less when you have a daily schedule that helps you create and maintain habits that are healthy for your overall well-being. In the process, you may or may not notice that you are already living with a good balance of work and personal life.
So how to create one and make sure that you really commit to following it? Here are steps that you can do.
1. Pick up a notebook or paper and write all your tasks.
You need to write everything you want to do today for both work and at home. It could very well be a brain fart where you write everything that comes to mind without thinking of filtering your list first. Write all the tasks, including the basic ones that you do everyday.
2. Know which ones are the most important to the least important. Organize your list.
Go through your master list and determine what you should prioritize doing first. You may use colored pens or highlighters so you have a visual cue on what you need to do first in your list. You can assign a legend, meaning you can highlight the most important ones in red and then highlight the least important ones in blue.
As an additional tip, write how many times you need to do the particular task in a week or how many times you need to do it in a day.
The similar tasks must also be grouped together because it will help you be more efficient with your time. For example, you need to clean your living room and bedroom. You can do these two tasks one after another because most likely, they will be using the same tools and supplies.
Chart everything in a weekly plan so you can see when you are available and not in a week.
3. Make it possible to finish your tasks.
Your week won’t look the same as the last one. Maybe your parents will be going to town this week or your friends are inviting you to dinner next week. This means you will have less time to finish your tasks so you must adjust accordingly. You can simply look at your plan for the week and identify timeslots when you are free or haven’t set anything yet. Adjust accordingly and and make it possible that you finish all your tasks. For example, you need to do your laundry every Saturday but you don’t have a free slot for the week. Maybe you can ask a housemate of yours to include your clothing in his or her laundry run or do it on a different day when you are free.
4. Make time blocks for the day.
Instead of writing specific hours to finish your daily tasks, block off chunks of time for the whole day and designate specific tasks to each one. For example, you can schedule to do something in the early morning, lunchtime, afternoon break, evening, and nighttime. When it’s not an exact time, you are able to allow yourself to finish tasks even though it has been past your time quota.
Try this schedule out for the first two weeks and see if it works for you. If you noticed that your work has become much better in the last few months, then continue following this schedule that you have set. You need to understand as well that emergencies or unprecedented events are bound to happen anytime. Having a flexible schedule can help you attend to these emergencies.
When you follow your schedule consistently, you are able to introduce and make a habit out of your daily routine. It becomes natural for you to do these tasks that not any of them feels like a chore to do.
5. Treat every new day as a chance for you to be better.
Don't beat yourself up too much when you made a mistake the other day. Or if you were absent because you were on vacation, allow yourself to go back to that working mindset before you finally work again. The secret to committing to a daily schedule is to be resilient and also know when it is best to rest.
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If you invest in the right tools, you’ll be able to finish your tasks on time or even beforehand. This will greatly help you to stay committed to your work schedule for the day.
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