I have plenty to do, but not always the best daily agenda. What is a good way to plan my day?
This is a common problem consultants face ... and we all have our own work/time models. Here are a few models suggested by consultants. See if one of these (or a combo) would work for you:
- Priority Model: "Do what is most likely to give you the greatest return on your time invested."
- Time of Day Model: "I'm on the West Coast, so I like to make my phone calls early in the day when I get going, and save paperwork for later in my day."
- Ritual Model: "Each day of the week (when I am not specifically working on an assignment) I devote half a day to a specific "chore," e.g., Fridays I file, Thursdays I write an article, Wednesdays I devote to my largest client, Tuesdays I devote to other clients, and Mondays I plan. And, oh yes, the weekends I write my weekly reports to clients."
- Checklist Model: "I like to prepare checklists every week. Things I want to get done during the week. And when I get up in the morning (depending on where I am) ... I take a look at my checklist and see what I might tackle today."
Don't fall into the trap of doing what's easy, convenient, or what you most like to do. Do what needs to be done. And if you don't like doing something ... find a way to get it done another way, e.g., hire someone (including family), outsource, make it automatic ... but get it done.
Schedule breaks. Exercise breaks. Meditation breaks. Family breaks. There's more to life than work.