Last Monday’s post was about “doing less,” which most readers agreed is advice directed more toward managers and people who have the option of delegating work to others. This doesn’t apply to many of us in our daily lives. So how can we manage our tasks and schedule so we don’t feel like we are running in circles all day?
The answer is to get things done with less effort by streamlining. The secret to this is not to make decisions on the spot, because you have sorted everything out ahead of time. You don’t have to waste energy and your brain’s limited decision-making resources by trying to decide what to do next all day, because you already know. You have your plan, all you have to do is work it. Here’s how:
Plan your day the day before: In the afternoon or evening, plan the following day in as much detail as you can. Note any appointments or scheduled events, and plug in your must-do tasks around them. Then when you wake up you can hit the ground running.
Routines: Before you groan, hear me out. Routines are a great way to streamline tasks because you don’t have to think about what’s next, you just go on autopilot and get your tasks done. Simple things like running the dishwasher every evening and unloading it in the morning, setting out your clothes the night before and having lunch box items on hand will simplify routines so you can go through your morning with ease. You don’t have to decide what to wear or what to pack, you just breeze right through and onto the next thing.
Time blocking: I’m a big fan of time blocking because it allows me to be in the moment. I don’t have to worry about what else I should be doing, because I know I’m doing what I need to do at that moment. I’ve scheduled time to take care of other things later.
What are some other things you do to streamline your day?