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THE POWER OF PRIORITIZING YOUR SCHEDULE

THE POWER OF PRIORITIZING YOUR SCHEDULE

Are you so busy all the time, but when asked what you did that day or what is filling your schedule you can’t really answer?

I’m often asked how I accomplish all that I do in a day. Well, what I’m going to say is going to change your world! Yes, my friend, it is time to throw out your TO-DO list!

Getting things done and getting them done in at a quick pace is the key to accomplishing everything we need to get done in a day.

We all have 365 days in a year. We all have 24 hours in a day. Doesn’t it feel like sometime some people know how to get SOO much done in a day and sometimes it feels like such a chore just to get your bed made?!🤔

The key to being able to take on the world every day and accomplish everything you set out to achieve no matter what that is, is PRIORITIZING YOUR SCHEDULE!

Yes, prioritizing is the only thing that is going to help you get out of your head and get stuff done! Your to-do list is nothing more than a list of things staring you in the face with no rhyme or reason, no plan or strategy.   Looming over your head as a constant reminder of guilt and so called “busyness” we are all addicted to.

Prioritize Your Daily Schedule

Prioritizing is nothing more than setting plan and putting everything in its place of importance, relevance to your day, and urgency. This tells you what is important for you that day and forces you to tackle those important tasks. It’s a great way to stop procrastinating and also not get bored on big scary projects either! 😊

  • Take a list of paper and write out your regular to-do list on the left-hand side. Listing everything as you would normally.

Example:

  • Go to post office

  • Scrub toilet

  • Sign field trip permission slips

  • Call Mom

  • Clean out bathroom closet

 

  • Then on the right-hand side you are going to list those things in order of importance to that day. A),B),C).

Example:

  • A) Sign field trip permission slips

  • B) Go to post office

  • C) Call mom

  • D) Scrub toilet

  • E) Clean out bathroom closet

 

Next, you will make a third column and list everything in order of time-frame putting times that the most important things need to be accomplished and then adding the desired time you would like the remaining things accomplished by the end of the day. This creates a deadline for everything on your schedule and keeps your focused throughout the day.

Example:

  • A) Sign field trip permission slips  (8:00AM)

  • B) Go to post office (by 9:00AM)

  • C) Call mom (before 10:00AM)

  • D) Scrub toilet (by Noon)

  • E) Clean out bathroom closet (by 12:30PM)

After you have listed everything in its order of urgency you have your prioritized plan of action for the day. Now you can put it into a time-frame. Set 15 min. intervals for yourself to work on the larger more daunting tasks.

I like just using the timer on my phone and setting it in 15 minute intervals. I even use the 15 minute timer for half-hour tasks so that I know when I’m at the half-way point.

You’ll be shocked and amazed at how much you can fit into your daily schedule now! It’s like creating more time out of thin air for yourself! I love it! 😀

the power of prioritizing your schedule

I can’t stand huge projects. Cleaning out closets or painting rooms overwhelm and irritate me. So just like tons of other people, I put them off. I noticed however that the little things that don’t have such a huge impact on my entire day get done a lot easier, so I started tricking myself, to see if it would help. And guess what?! It did!!

I turn the timer on and put on some upbeat music. I tell myself that I’m only going to work on this “fill in the blank project” for 15 minutes and whatever I get done great, whatever is left is for tomorrow.

Surprise! Surprise! It almost ALWAYS gets done 5 minutes to 10 minutes into the timer!

 

It turned into a huge game where I would either race to beat the clock or get lost in the music and enjoyment of actually doing the thing that had been looming over my head for so long!

It’s really that simple! It only takes a couple extra minutes to do rather than a typical brain dump of a to-do list.

You will feel so much more organized and structured. You will know what is coming up, what is finished, and what you still need to accomplish every minute of every day! You will all of the sudden be that “put together parent”, that organized and always on top of it mom! Trust me prioritizing gets everything out of your head, on the paper, and in order!

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How to Get Everything You Want Done in a Day! 

Creating a prioritized schedule really takes no time at all and it makes us focus on what the day should look like and plan it out in a good order. Sometimes I create my prioritized schedule the night before and that way I sleep better knowing it is all written down. This method works great for the week and planning your month too! It’s a powerful tool for those of us feeling like sometimes the clock is just ticking too fast to get everything done!

 

Remember to follow the steps to show yourself what is most important on your schedule and attack those tasks first in order to be successful!

 

Try it I know you will love it as much as I do!

Wishing you all the success and happiness in your every day life!!

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