Does this sound familiar: You start the day with a long to-do list and several deadlines to meet. At the end of the day, you’re not sure where the time went, but you definitely didn’t cross a whole lot off the list.
Me too. That’s why a few months ago, I decided to create a daily calendar to plan out each hour of my typically unstructured workday.
Rather than staring at a bulging to-do list and never completing the most boring tasks, I wanted to work from a list that neatly designated a specific time for everything. An hour for pitching story ideas, 30 minutes to catch up on invoices and so forth. While an adjustment at first, creating a daily plan has become second nature. I get more accomplished without feeling overwhelmed.