August 12, 2009
An 18-Minute Plan for Managing Your Day
I’ve been having a hard time staying focused lately. When you professionally work in social media, you tend to get distracted by the non-stop communication. Don’t get me wrong I love what I do, but it’s sometimes difficult to stay on track.
I just ordered a weekly schedule book, an actual book. I find that when I have to open or switch to another application on my machine gets me more distracted. I think having the physical book in front of me all day will help to remind me what my goals are.
I did a little research and found some great tips from a post on HarvardBusiness.org called An 18-Minute Plan for Managing Your Day.
Here’s how the 18 minute plan breaks down:
STEP 1 (5 Minutes) Set Plan for Day. Before turning on your computer, sit down with a blank piece of paper and decide what will make this day highly successful. What can you realistically accomplish that will further your goals and allow you to leave at the end of the day feeling like you’ve been productive and successful? Write those things down.
STEP 2 (1 minute every hour) Refocus. Set your watch, phone, or computer to ring every hour. When it rings, take a deep breath, look at your list and ask yourself if you spent your last hour productively. Then look at your calendar and deliberately recommit to how you are going to use the next hour. Manage your day hour by hour. Don’t let the hours manage you.
STEP 3 (5 minutes) Review. Shut off your computer and review your day. What worked? Where did you focus? Where did you get distracted? What did you learn that will help you be more productive tomorrow?
Give it a try. Let me know how it works. What do you do to stay focused?