One of the most challenging things you come across is how to properly schedule your agenda to fit tasks, meetings, time to spend with your family, shopping, gym,… There are mornings where you wake up and you’d like to spend the whole day to dedicate to your big project (maybe because is very close to a deadline), but you also have a meeting during the morning, you promised to do some shopping and it’s time to do some lawn-move because the grass in your garden is higher than in the Savannah…
I personally found a simple, yet effective, solution: set your priorities and write them down in your notebook. Don’t use a digital device because it’s easier to edit and move them if you aren’t able to accomplish them as planned. Written on paper acts more like a contract and psychologically pushes you toward action. Set your priorities. First the most important tasks (it doesn’t matter if it’s not related to work: i.e., “go get kids in the kindergarten” probably will be on top), then the less urgents.
I try to write down my daily tasks the evening before: it helps because it becomes like a sort of “personal debriefing” on how I’ve been able to manage the current day’s tasks and, accordingly, plan my next day and set priorities.
What do you think? How do you manage tasks and priorities?
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