Time is limited

Time is invaluable.

Time is money.

And as Stephen R. Covey says, “The key is in not spending time, but in investing it”

It is a resource that can’t be gained back, which is why it’s essential to plan and keep a track of it. Here is a basic way to do so:

1. Get ready and comfortable – Put on your favourite relaxing music. Get something to drink, shut off the internet and find a quiet place. It’s time for your weekly planning process.

2. List all the tasks you need to accomplish over the next week. – The first thing you do is list all the tasks you want to do in the next week.

3. Next set priorities and categorize your tasks. – You can try and use the RAG (Red Amber Green) Rating System to prioritize it. Categorizing it under different outcomes helps in prioritizing but remember that categorization changes over time with learning.

3. Now schedule everything – Schedule the time you need to accomplish your tasks. This will help you stay focused, but keep in mind that things will pop up unexpectedly.

4. Get a planner/calendar – Use a notebook for weekly planning, or you can use ready apps, even an e-calendar. There are many options available, and you should choose what works best for you.

5. Reschedule those tasks that do not fit into your calendar – Schedule them for the next week or add them to your to-do list for next week.

6. Check your plan first thing in the morning – All this planning will be no help if you don’t consult your planner and follow through with the plan. Set up reminders every morning of important upcoming events.

7. Review daily – At the end of each day, reflect on what you enjoyed doing. This will also help you be grateful for each day and ultimately live a more productive, organized, and distraction-free life.

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