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We all find ourselves stressed and overwhelmed with too many things to cram into one day from time to time. Generally if there isn't enough time to accomplish everything in one day then we put it off until tomorrow and so the busy cycle starts all over again. Here is a quick 18 minute plan for managing your day, recently posted on Harvard Business.
First, take five minutes each morning to sit down and plan out your day. Think about all the things you need and want to do, then write out on a piece of paper the things that will turn your day into a very successful and great day.
Next set a reminder by your watch, phone, computer or even a regular alarm clock that will go off one minute of every hour. This will be your time to refocus on your plan. Take out that piece of paper and re-read over it. Cross off the things that are already done and make a mental note of the things that still need to be done in the time remaining.
At the end of the day sit back and review your day. See what worked for you and what didn't. What you had time for on your list and what you didn't have time for, this way tomorrow you can adjust it as you see fit.
This particular ritual may not help you swim the English Channel while towing a cruise ship with your hands tied together. But it may just help you leave the office feeling productive and successful.