My amazing friend Danielle at Pretty By Post has published my latest blog post How To Organize & Plan Your Day.
Do you have a lot going on and a ton of great ideas spinning around in your head?
There are so many amazing things to do, try out, experiment with and create – the options and inspiration are endless!
The downside of this, and one of the biggest challenges I see my clients dealing with, is trying to do allllllll the things. When we try to do everything, we become unfocused, overwhelmed and feel kind of lost and scattered. Not to mention stressed.
We’re constantly jumping around from one thing to another.
We feel busy but aren’t actually getting anything done.
Our to-do list just keeps growing, but nothing is getting scratched off.
And the stuff you do get done isn’t done as well as it could be, because it hasn’t been given the attention and energy it needs or deserves.
So to avoid this, you must organize and plan out your day.
When you have a plan for your day, you make it real and you make it tangible – so you’re more likely to follow through and it’s more likely to happen.
It sounds counterintuitive, but adding some structure to your day actually gives you more space to be creative and free. You’re in control of your schedule, not the other way around. Instead of using up your precious energy trying to figure out what to do, how to spend your time, and jumping between tasks and projects, you can be in your creative flow instead.
A lot of people say they “don’t have time” to spend planning and organizing. But taking just 5-10 minutes to plan out your day will save you way more time overall. Utilizing this small amount of time to plan, will save you up to two hours each day – that leaves you with more time to be creative!
When you take the time to plan your day, you’ll have set meaningful intentions for what you want to achieve, and a clear focus about how you’re spending your time, what will be taking up your energy and what’s most important. You’ll feel proud as you actually get stuff done and reach your goals. And when you get distracted or pulled away from your tasks, just come back to your plan to quickly and easily get yourself (and your brain) back on track.
Whatever method you use to plan and organize your day, here’s what you need to include:
1. Your main priority
2. Top 3 things to get done
3. A list of your to-do’s
4. Gratitude and wins
5. Creative space
Keep reading about how exactly you can incorporate these key elements in your daily plan over at The Quirky Pineapple.