Everybody would love to make the perfect schedule and stick to it. While there may not be a perfect way to make a such a thing there are some great tips that you can follow to make a schedule for your day that will allow you to know all that you need to do and accomplish it with little extra effort. Lists are one of the best ways to organize your schedule. Make a master list of what you want to accomplish that month, then on a separate sheet of paper make a list of what you want to do that week, and on a separate sheet of paper make a list of what you want to do that day. Some people find that being able to cross something off a list is very fulfilling and for this reason will also right down things that were not on the list but that they did. At the end of the day anything that didn't get taken care can be put at the top of the next day list.
It is okay to dream big and make a long list, but don't beat yourself up if you don't finish it. Write your day list the night before, pull down anything that you want from the week list and carry anything over that wasn't done from the previous day list. With your list of what you want to do the next day made you won't waste anytime writing one up first thing in the morning and can instead focus on crossing the things off. Set practical amounts of time to do a task. If you know that 3 tasks will take you a half hour each to do don't try and squeeze them all in one hour's time. This will only frustrate you, possibly lead to poor execution of the tasks and in the end you wouldn't have gotten them all done anyway. Be careful of making schedules that resemble those of school classes, you need to be able to be flexible with your tasks as unexpected ones can arise. Below are examples of a strict schedule and a flexible schedule of a morning routine.
6:00 AM Wake Up and Shower
6:15 AM Eat Breakfast
6:45 AM Check Morning Email
7:00 AM Leave for Work
- 7 AM
Wake Up Shower
Check Morning Email
Leave for Work
Although the exact same routine is used and the exact same of time is allotting for all of the tasks to get done the schedule on the left side doesn't allow flexibility. You'll drive yourself crazy trying to plan out every 15 to 30 minute increment of your day. Instead time yourself one morning to see how long it takes you to do all that you have to before leaving for work. Then use that time frame as the schedule for your morning routine, if you think can make the schedule tighter try doing things a little faster. The next two list may better describe a more flexible schedule that isn't necessarily tied down to a specific amount of time and a unorganized schedule.
You know that you have to accomplish these four things in your morning, however when you take the time to list them in chronological order you will be able to read, do, cross off and move on to next task a whole lot quicker. The more you practice writing out what you need to do in a day and do the task in order of the time of day they need to be done and their importance you'll discover that an organized schedule is easy to make and follow and will make your day go a lot smoother.