Day-to-day routine tasks: how to prioritise and get motivation.
If you checked my previous story — I concluded that planning your day with calendars is not the most efficient way. I am that kind of person, who constantly checking approaches to improve my time management. After I graduated — I started understanding the value of the time and how important it is not to waste it. Especially if you work 8–9h every day at your permanent workplace and you still want to achieve something by working on your own projects, do some freelance jobs, do online learning etc. And all of that in a small gap between the time I come back from work and before I go to sleep.
Nothing really worked for me
I was trying to schedule my daily routine with tons of tools: from above mentioned calendars or Trello — to some niche products (e.g. Swipes App). Some of existing solutions helped to improve my time management, however nothing worked for repetitive tasks. So I started working on my own approach. After reading several articles about improving time management, I developed the solution.
What I did
I was trying to keep my global tasks I have to do daily in one place and I had a notebook, where which I divided on weeks and days. For every day I was trying to assing maximum 3 most valuable tasks which I need to complete. Obviously they weren’t 5 mins tasks. But psychologically it didn’t look like a big list. The main motivation for me was to tick out all of three tasks by the end of the day and by the end of the week — to calculate how many tasks I didn’t complete. Usually I was trying to tick out one task in the morning before work and the rest — after I come back home. And I couldn’t go to sleep until I tick out the last one. That motivated me a lot, at least to start doing something on that task, so I can tick it out and complete my day. And that worked.
Of course, life is unpredictable and it’s almost impossible to have all the tasks ticked out by the end of the week, but that is the main motivation. To understand my approach better — have a look on the picture above.
It’s hard to say whether it is something innovative and whether it can help everyone, but at least it worked for me. And I belive it can work for others. Please share in comments your thoughts and ways I can improve this approach.