“For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.” – Benjamin Franklin
There are 2 sides to success – the inexplicable side and the practical side.
Visualization, gratitude journaling, positive thinking, and other practices that help you develop a success mindset are the ‘inexplicable’ side of things. It’s what separates the winners from the losers.
You can’t really put your finger on why these techniques work. Everyone just knows they do. It’s almost like some esoteric setup that must be followed for one to succeed. So, we give it our all to master our mindset.
That said, there’s also the practical side of success. This is the work we must do. The practice, the training, the learning, the testing, etc. With the practical side, we can quantify the different factors and components.
You must have a solid grasp of both the inexplicable side of success and the practical side of success. One of the core components of the practical side is organizing your day.
Our lives are made up of days. When our days are productive and in alignment with our goals, our lives will be fruitful and successful. As obvious as this is, so many people miss it and wing their days without much purpose.
In this article, you’ll discover a few ways to organize your day. There are no hard rules because we all have different lives and commitments. You’ll need to adjust the fundamental concepts to fit in with your life.
- How many days a week will you work?
The first step is to know how many days you’ll work. Some people prefer 5 days a week, while others will emulate God in the bible who worked 6 days and rested on the 7th.
There are no right or wrong answers here, but you must know how many days you’ll work. Always have a day to rest every week.
- How many hours will you work each day?
Someone with a day job might go through 8 hours of drudgery at the workplace and rush home to work on his side business for 3 hours. His time is limited.
On the other hand, a stay-at-home mom may have 6 hours a day to work on her blogging business.
What matters is that you have a good idea of how many hours a day you have to work on your business. You might even wish to wake up an hour earlier to give yourself more time to work.
You may also wish to stop engaging in leisure/social activities on weekdays so you have more time to work on your business. It’s all up to you. Just know that your sacrifices today will help you enjoy the benefits tomorrow.
- What are your important tasks?
Any business will require you to work on a few key tasks that make the difference. It could be testing your advertisements, making sales calls, writing content, and so on. Whatever it is, these important tasks must get your full, undivided attention.
Write them all down on a piece of paper so you know exactly what you need to do.
- Create time blocks
Creating time blocks within the hours that you have is the best way to stay organized. Generally, there are 3 blocks you’ll want to create…
- Focus block
- Recovery block
- Maintenance block
During the focus block, you’ll do your most important tasks (which you wrote on the paper). Depending on the amount of time you have, your focus block may be anywhere from 90 minutes to 120 minutes.
Try and have a 20-minute break after each focus block. This is your recovery block. Have a glass of water. Get up from the seat and stretch and so on.
You may wish to use a tomato timer with timing presets so that you’re on track with your focus and recovery blocks.
The maintenance block is where you do admin-related tasks like clearing your emails and so on. If you can delegate these tasks, that’s even better. 30 minutes a day on admin tasks should more than suffice. You want most of your time and energy spent on the focus block.
This is how you organize your day. If you have a busy schedule, insert the blocks appropriately so that you can get the work done with as little hassle as possible.
It may take you a few days to figure out what works. But once you have a smooth routine, your day will be very well-organized and conducive for success in the long run.