The Perfect Calendar!
Since revealing that I do a thousand things with little to no stress everyone has asked me to share my calendar. So instead of doing that I decided that the best thing to do would be to write an articled share my tips and tricks on how to make the best calendar. (Side Note - usually I am against calendars, but to some they are a fact of life so...) Your calendar is a tool yes, but I think there are better ways to divide your time, and that’s before you start taking appointments. Below are three ways that you should block out your calendar before you start taking your appointments.
You First. When taking appointments most people seem to think that they have to work around other people’s schedules, especially if you’re the younger or less experienced one in the equation. Instead of moving around your entire life and trying to change and reschedule everything make sure that you always come first. This will save you so much time in long run because you won’t be competing against yourself to find an appointment that works for others. If you want to be productive STOP changing your calendar and your life to fit the needs of others. A great example of this is with your doctor. So many people ask, “When is the doctor available,” as if you are not a professional with your own calendar that needs to be accommodated also. Instead regain a lot of time by saying I’m a liable at X, Y, and Z time this week which one works for the doctor. Again this is just a single example, but should be applied to everything.
Block out the Time in Intervals. Most people say that they work from 9-5 with an hour for lunch. They block out the morning and the evening to do what ever they want, or if your like most just get more work done, but why. Yes you have a ton of things to do and yes you need to get your work done, but if your going to take your work home with you at the end of the day, you should have at least blocked out time earlier in the day to take a break. It is scientifically proven that we can only fully concentrate on things for a short time, depending on who you are about thirty minutes, and that makes it impossible for us to go from 9-5 without a break. If you take a 5-10 minute break every hour, you will come back more than refreshed and in most cases be able to finish twice the work. Try it out for a while and you’ll start to notice that you don’t need to take all that work home with you at the end of the day.
Throw out the MINUTE BY MINUTE Schedule. Most people spend hours if not days fitting their schedules perfectly and blocking out every minute to only be hit with a surprise “situation” the second they walk into the door. Instead of wasting time planning out your day, you should write a list of the ten things you need to get done in that day. It doesn’t matter how long each one takes you or how fast you get them done, just make sure that at the end of the day you’ve finished your ten things. You’ll have saved time planning and then trying to replan your schedule on a daily basis.
In all, I think that these skills can help you to better complete your daily activities and save you from the scheduling nightmares that I’ve seen occur. Don’t let yourself fall in to the nightmare of your schedule and re-think the way you plan your day today! These have all worked wonders for me, and with them I was able to finish Berkeley in two years, work full time, start a buisness, do what I loved, and get 10 hours of sleep every night.
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