In this article I am going to write about a new time management strategy I am implementing starting today. The idea is that I am going to specifically plan out my day the night before so I have an exact agenda of what I want to accomplish that day. This way, less time is wasted wondering what I should be working on. You may already implement a strategy such as this. This article is for people who are interested in the benefits of such an approach.
The basic idea is to write out or enter into your smartphone exactly what you want to be doing tomorrow. For example, from 9:30 – 10:00 AM I will work on a blog post. From 10:00 – 11:00 I will work on a song. From 11:00 – 12:00 I will work on a YouTube video. Next, I will take a break for lunch, from 12:00-1:00 PM. After that, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, I will work on photography. You get the idea.
This way you always know ahead of time exactly what it is you’re supposed to be working on at that time. This is a technique for people who are busy but still have the ambition to do a large amount of activities.
Why plan out your day?
The reason I have started implementing this method is because it feels that I am wasting too much time doing things which are not productive. Instead of writing a blog post, I will be scrolling aimlessly through Twitter. Instead of working on music, sometimes I will get stuck just watching the news for hours. It’s good to ration some time for news consumption and social media, but when it takes over too much of your time it can be counterproductive.
Another lesson to be learned here is that if you find yourself doing too much of the same thing for too long, you’re probably doing something wrong. What I mean by that is, if you’re sitting and playing video games until from dusk until dawn, that’s not healthy. Try doing some other activities. A better day might have one hour of video games, one hour of exercise, one hour of reading, one hour of writing, one hour of doing housework, etc.
Why do so much in a day?
It’s a good idea to do a lot of different things in a day. It prevents you from being bored and it also increases your chances of success. Imagine if you spent years working on a book but never told anyone about it. You could have a masterpiece but it might be lost. I used to be very anti social media. Recently, I realized that you kind of need to engage on social media. Most other musicians and artists are doing so and if you do not do it then you may be left behind or forgotten about. However, do not spend so much time on social media that you neglect your art.
My main point is this. Do not do just one kind of activity in a day and think that’s all you have to do. Try to do many different things. If you are a musician, do a Podcast. If you are an artist, start a YouTube channel. Nowadays we need to try different things to get our message across. Don’t be forgotten about. Spend your time wisely.
Thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.
©2020 – Richard Gillespie