On most days, I wake up extra early in the morning to get stuff done. It doesn’t always work, but it’s part of the productivity rhythm I’ve developed over the last year. This time is critical for me; no one else in the house is awake, the phone isn’t ringing and there are very few people online to chat with (no offense to people I chat with!) It means I can focus on a few important things to gear up for the day. Waking up early sets the entire tone for being productive.
But getting up early to get things done is completely useless if I have to ask myself:
What am I supposed to be doing today?
This is the most unproductive question you can ask. If you start your day not having a clear picture of what you want to accomplish you’re lost.
A better approach is to figure out your to-do list the day before.
- Ending a day with a clearer picture of tomorrow will set your mind at ease.
- The day you just finished is clearer in your head. And since tomorrow’s tasks will flow from today’s tasks, your to-do list will be better written and prioritized if it’s done immediately after finishing work.
- Figuring out what has to be accomplished requires time and brain power. When you start a day it’s better to jump right into things and not have to spend important time planning. Doing your planning at night when other things are calmer allows you to focus better.
You need to dedicate time each day to planning the next one.
It’ll make you more productive, and help you stay in a productive mindset. If you have to ask yourself, “What do I need to get done today?” the day is already slipping past you…