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This Is How To Plan A Day.

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This Is How To Plan A Day.
I woke up with my mind spinning on repeat: work, write, errands, kids, meals, cleaning, dog. All the things I want or need to do today. Over and over. I knew I was overwhelmed by this day. And now I...

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Make a List

Write down all the things that go through your head. You will see they are not that many.

When you think of the same things over and over, you feel overwhelmed. But when you write them down on a piece of pape you realize the volume of your to-dos is much more manageable.

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Decide How Long Each Thing Takes

Some things on your list will take 15 minutes or less. Group those things together. 
Then there are longer things (writing, finishing a project, etc). Those each need at least an hour if not several hours.

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Schedule Each Activity

  • Figure out the best time slot for each activity.
  • Whatever feels most urgent or necessary, schedule it first.
  • Schedule time to finish your work projects, even if they are due later in time.
  • Schedule time for your meals and for usual errands.

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Scheduling your day won't take you long and will be a substantial anxiety reliever.

The day ahead won't overwhelm you and you will be able to focus and enjoy it.

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A Proper Day Off

It isn’t an invitation for laziness, or the shirking of responsibilities. 

In fact, a proper day off is a day for exploring a certain other class of responsibilities: being a relaxed ...

No work, no “getting ahead”

A Proper Day Off is reserved for this experience of appreciating the fruits of your labor (and that of others) — rather than for laboring even more.

That means no errands, no utilitarian purchases, and definitely no major purchases.

Don’t spend the day at home

Generally most of a Proper Day Off will happen outside your home. It would be a shame not to spend a least a bit of it in a park, any time of year, even if you’re just passing through it to meet someone.

Try not to spend much of it in your car either. Make use of your feet, or your bike if possible. Cars fill us with the sensation of needing to be somewhere else.

Getting an early start

Getting an early start

Plan your morning the night before and stick to your plan. 
If a new task comes in that isn’t 100% urgent, designate a time that you’ll work on it uninterrupted or try to delegate the probl...

Deciding where to work

  • If you know you’re more likely to work from home, invest in comfortable furniture; you feel good it will inspire you to get work done.
  • If you want to join a local co-working space but are intimidated by the price point, ask about smaller memberships to start.

Prioritizing tasks

Don’t let your skepticism about productivity hacks get in the way of finding a technique that suits you and helps you get things done.
If you’re still having a hard time identifying priorities, try working backward by identifying work that’s definitely not a priority. Eliminate those items and assess what’s left.