Having a place for everything and every thing in its place is a wonderful way to keep your space organized.
But you can also apply this same principle to regular tasks, as a way to keep your time well organized, too.
This has several benefits:
- You save time by not having to schedule regular tasks each time
- You avoid stress by not having to remember regular tasks
- You create good habits for yourself
- You find optimal times for regular activities.
Here are some examples.
Checkprocess email every day around 8am and 3pm
- Refill coffee machine every night before bed – even if it’s not quite empty
- Clear sent mail folder before closing Outlook at the end of each work day.
- File nails every Saturday before showering
- Follow up email Pending folder every Friday after lunch
- Do grocery shopping every Tuesday evening when the store is well stocked and quiet.
- Clean fridge last Saturday of every month
- Declutter inbox and delete unneeded emails first Monday of each month
- Do birthday gift/card shopping first Saturday of every month for the month ahead.
You don’t have to be cheerlessly anal about this. Use the idea only to the extent that it helps your productivity and time management – not as a rigid noose around your diary.
Do you think this can work for you? Do you have daily, weekly or monthly tasks that be given a set place? Please share in the comments!
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