How To Plan Your Day - 3 Main Reasons Why You Need A Schedule

3 Main Reasons Why You Need A Schedule - Yes To Tech

The phone rings, you receive an e-mail, someone comes over to your desk to ask you a burning question… Want it or not, these distractions destroy your flow, and promote a passive mindset at work rather than an active one.

Instead of continually crossing off everything you need to do, you are responding to others’ needs and desires. The day comes to an end in a flash, you rush to get those last few tasks done, when you arrive at home you are exhausted, and once you finally lie down in bed, you pass out immediately.

Does your day sound something like this? Are you tired of stressing out and getting to the weekend completely burnt out?

That is exactly why you need a schedule. It provides you with a clear plan of attack based on your priorities, commitments and goals.

Need more convincing? Check out the 3 main reasons why having a schedule will change your life.

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It holds you accountable

When you need to accomplish a goal, such as lose weight or read more, it is much easier to reach it by enlisting a friend that supports you than by doing so completely alone. A friend gives you external motivation, since you are less likely to let them down and make excuses.

Having a schedule is the next best thing, since it provides you with internal motivation. It gives you the focus and reason to work on a task on a particular day, or leave 30 minutes before a meeting instead of 15 so you get there on time.

You can see in your planner or calendar whether or not you are following your plan. Give yourself rewards as an incentive each time, or every few times, you stick to it. In time, you will follow your schedule as a habit and part of muscle memory, and be able to remove the reward altogether.

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It provides structure

Starting off your work day staring blankly into a computer screen is never good. You waste your precious time figuring out what you need to do instead of taking action right from the bat.

With a schedule, you can, and should, plan your days the night or even the week before. This way, you dedicate your brainpower to making big and complicated decisions, rather than to making the simple decision of what to do when.

Map out everything you need to accomplish, including prior commitments and meetings, prioritize anything that has an upcoming deadline, batch similar tasks together, and automate those tasks that can be done in advance. Working on similar tasks one after the other instead of jumping from different task to task increases your productivity, amplifies your focus, and ensures you get things done faster.