Planning and scheduling your day

Here it is!  You’ve been asking me for a way of scheduling your day realistically and making sure you can get your high-priority tasks done with the amount of controllable time available.  Your time is probably very fragmented, and much of it is uncontrollable. The best starting place to improve your use of time is to determine the extent to which you control the time available to you. No one has total control over a daily schedule. Someone or something will always make demands on you. But nearly everyone has more control over their time than they realize. Even during structured “working hours,” there are opportunities to select which tasks or activities to handle. Most people have about 2.5 hours discretionary time. The goal is to control 25-50% of your day. Hopefully, the ideas in this book will impact it by 12-15%. Some of your time will require attention to crisis—my goal is to teach you to manage the portion of time over which you DO have control.  Here’s a really cool macro in MS Excel to help you plan your day:

http://www.theproductivitypro.com/FreeStuff/Controllable_time_worksheet1.xls

Have a productive day!

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