Getting the business you need to have the life you want means that you need to get the most from every day. We are all given the same 24 hours a day but some people get more done than others.
Everyone works differently, but I find I get the most out of my day when I work to a routine. Everyone works differently and understanding what works best for you is half the battle. This is how I do it.
1. Work out what you need to do and establish the priorities
Before anything else and especially before checking my phone, I write down everything I need to do that day and anything else that occurs to me. I then prioritise it and see what I can give to someone else. Prioritising involves making decisions – I make better decisions, and make them more easily, when my brain is fresh. I then feel happy that I’ve got a plan and a clear brain.
2. Doing my best work at the best time
I plan to do the most important work first of all when I have the most energy. Make the best use of your time. If you know you feel fresher after a lunchtime walk and some food – plan your work accordingly. If you are always at a low ebb at 3pm – plan your undemanding, more routine and mundane activities for then, that’s when I do mine.
Find and protect your quality thinking time – your best time of the day for focused work. What is your best thinking time of the day? Is it early in the morning at home before anyone else is up? After you’ve done some exercise? When you’ve had a few days break over the weekend? Prioritise your workday activities to optimise that time.
3. Doing one thing at a time
I can only do one conscious mental task at a time – accuracy is important, I don’t divide my attention. Multi-tasking is good if you are doing a number of routine ‘automatic tasks’ – often physical at the same time. If you are working on more than one mental task at the same time it will take you longer overall to complete them. You will not carry them out as accurately as if you do them individually, one after the other.
I check emails after I have done my ‘most important work’ – my priority work of the day. Email is an enormous energy sink – save them for later after you’ve got your priority work done first!
Everyone is different and what works for me may not work for you, but think about how you do your best work and make changes if you need to so you get the life you want.