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Planning as a first step is good. But preparation is even better.
Planning helps you to know what you will be doing on a day. Preparation gets you ready to actually do the tasks.
When you do, you will find that much of tasks you were doing were inconsequential. And the smaller, less important work will fade into the background when you are working on what is truly important to you.
Knowledge workers usually have to play 2 roles at the same time - the boss and the worker: They have to choose what their work is (boss-mode) and they have to do the actual work (work-mode), for example.
This situation has the potential to create conflict and lead to indecision about which role should have their attention at different times of the day.
Trying to apply time management tools without having prerequisite time management skills is unlikely to work effectively. The prerequisites are: