Slay Your Day With The 5 Daily Planning Pavers
by Amber De La Garza, The Productivity Specialist
If you ever sit down at your desk in the morning and open your email or check your voicemail to figure out what you’re going to work on that day, you’re seriously hampering your ability to conquer your goals. You can’t take a backseat when it comes to running your real estate business. You must proactively plan your day so you can take it on before it takes you on and steals your productivity. All it takes is 15 minutes. Before you stop working each day, plan your following day using the 5 Daily Planning Pavers and you’ll consistently be able to slay your day despite what may be thrown at you!
The 5 Daily Planning Pavers
1. Review Your Current Day
Review what occurred during your day including your appointments, meetings, and project advancements to prevent anything from falling through the cracks. Read through any notes you took because they may trigger additional tasks. Also, check your task list to determine what didn’t get done and roll it over to the next day.
2. Preview Your Following Day
Look at your calendar to see what meetings and appointments you have the following day so you can determine if there’s anything additional you need to do to prepare. Previewing your following day gives you a day in advance to capture anything you might have missed and enables you to plan sufficiently.
3. Do A Mind Sweep
Rack your brain, ask yourself some questions, and let your thoughts marinate to capture ideas and thoughts holding your brain captive. Schedule a task for each of the items you deem important. Doing a mind sweep prevents those items from being overlooked or forgotten.
You will NEVER get everything done. That’s why it’s supremely important to prioritize your tasks and put them on your task list in that order. It ensures that at the very least, you get your most important tasks done each day. Filter your tasks against your goals to decide what needs your attention most. The chances are, if you don’t make your highest value activities a priority, they will not get done. That’s because Murphy, employees, colleagues, and other distractions have a way of disrupting your workflow at some point each day.
5. Time Block
Time blocking is an excellent way of executing your task list. If you block out time to work on specific tasks and are realistic about how long each task will take, you’ll be setting yourself up for success with those tasks. It’s the tasks that go unscheduled that fall through the cracks. Time blocking also gives you the ability to cut out distractions for a feasible, set amount of time. Aim to work in 60 to 90-minute blocks but you can start smaller and keep developing your focus muscle, working your way up to longer time blocks. You never just “have the time” to complete tasks. Use the competitive advantage of time blocking to make the time for the activities that will move the needle in your business.
Planning your day does not need to be a huge, fully orchestrated, carefully thought out event. You just need to spend roughly 15 minutes doing it each night. Attach your 15-minute planning window to a trigger or another habit you consistently do as part of your evening business routine such as clearing off your desk. Planning your day will save you hours of time, loads of stress, and from the feeling of being overwhelmed. Make planning your day with the 5 Daily Planning Pavers a habit so you can always have a plan of attack to slay your day instead of having to react to it.
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About the Contributor
Amber De La Garza is The Productivity Specialist! Amber is a sought-after coach, trainer, speaker, writer, host of the Productivity Straight Talk podcast, and creator of S.T.O.P.! The Entrepreneur’s Success Solution. She helps driven real estate professionals execute actionable solutions to maximize profits, reduce stress, and make time for what matters most!