How To Organize Your Day In 3 Easy Steps
By Sidra Sheikh
Lately, it feels like everyone I talk to is dealing with the same problem. They all have way too much to do, but just not enough time to do it. Or well, that’s what they think. I think that a lot of people spend way more time thinking about what they have to get done, instead of actually doing it. In my personal experience, this is because the number of things we must get done overwhelms our minds so much so, that we forget what needs to be done. Thankfully, I have found a few simple steps listed below that can be taken to solve this problem - or at least make your day feel a bit less busy!
1. Schedule Everything
No matter what you need to do, whether it’s cleaning the bathroom or going to the doctors, WRITE IT DOWN! You may think you will remember it and you probably will, but it will likely be too late when you do. Whether you want to use the calendar on your phone or get a physical calendar and put it up, having one and writing down everything you need to do will make your day to day activities much smoother because you won’t be wasting your mental energy trying to figure out what that thing you needed to get done was. Now, keep in mind this only works if you actually check the calendar, so make sure to put it in a place you see daily.
2. Assign Deadlines
In addition to writing down everything you need to get done regardless of how important it is, you must also set deadlines for tasks that do not have pre-set deadlines. For example, there are some things that do not require deadlines such as an exam date or doctor’s appointment. However, if there is something that you would like to get done, but there is no specific time it needs to get done by, such as organizing your makeup collection, you NEED to set a deadline for yourself, otherwise it will probably never get done. So, put deadlines next to tasks like these to hold yourself accountable.
3. Weekly Planning
This last step goes hand in hand with the first step of scheduling. While you should be scheduling tasks as you go, you should also make a habit of setting aside time every week to plan and go over your schedule for the week that has passed and for the week ahead. This step allows you to feel in control and seeing results is often a good motivator. It also allows you to get a feel for what your upcoming week will look like and allow you to add in anything you may have forgotten. This helps you not waste any time thinking of what needs to get done, rather just spend that time getting it done!
This post was written by guest blogger Sidra Sheikh. Sidra Sheikh is a freelance writer and editor based in Toronto, Ontario. She is currently working on her own blog, which aims to help people balance and or organize their lives. When she is not working, she can be found sleeping, eating or watching Grey’s Anatomy. Her work has also appeared in the Toronto Observer, East York Observer and SHE Canada Magazine, where she was the associate editor for 2 years. You can connect with her through her blog, www.sidrasheikh.com and follow her journey on Instagram @sidra.sheikh_.