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Productivity Tip #1 – Prep the night before
A good way to get ahead and start the day with clarity is to prep the night before. You can do it at the end of the workday, at the end of the evening or anytime in between.
By prepping I mean to make it clear what your priorities are, what appointments you have and what time you actually have to get stuff done. You should definitely write this down so that it’s easy for you as you start the next day to get an overview of what you want to get done.
So this is how I prep. Sometimes I do it on a single piece of paper, sometimes in my bullet journal and sometimes in my ring bound planner. I’ve even done it on my iPhone and computer, but I really do prefer to do it on paper.
I start out by planning the gist of the day – what appointments do I have? Do I work? Is it a gym day? And I block out time for that.
For example today my priorities (MIT’s – Most Important Tasks) were to publish a blog post, make sure the sign-up page for the newsletter got a bit more visible and go to the gym.
So I know when I plan my day I need to make sure I have time for FGL and for going to the gym. Then I simply schedule out the hours of the day so I’ll have time to get to everything.
I set alarms for the times mentioned on the note, e.g. I set an alarm for 8:30 am so I get reminded it’s time to ”get to work”. Another alarm for 11 am to remind me that I should head to the gym and so on.
When I know my MIT’s and I’ve scheduled the day I find it easy to see how much time I’ll have for other tasks. If it looks like I’ll have time to get more stuff done I’ll start adding that to a to-do list for the day.
The next morning when I sit down at my desk I know exactly what I want to get done and when I have time to get to it. It just clears so much from my mind and I just sit down and get to work.
Other types of prepping you could try are to prep the coffee machine so that you’ll just have to switch it one when you get up. You could prep your outfit for the day. Something I do quite often as well. You could prep papers for meetings so that everything’s set. I find that the more prepping I do, the better the day goes.
How about you…
Do you do any prepping, and if so what do you prep? I would love to know so make sure to leave a comment :)