Question: How Do You Plan Your Tasks and Work Day?

clockI have days where I really get to it and I can get tons of stuff done. I have other days where the day drags on and I feel like nothing gets accomplished at all. (With all of the life stuff I’ve been feeling a lot more of the latter.) Today I’m going to tell you about how I keep track of what needs to get done and I’d like to hear your ideas! (By the way, if you have a method that works really well and want to maybe write up a guest post about it, I’d love to feature it here. You can use my contact page.)

My current method is pretty simple. I have a Notepad document up and I type a list of what needs to be done. When I finish something, I write DONE next to it. At the end of the day, I remove all of the things that are done and look over what didn’t get done. Anything that still really needs to get done like work for a client or my weekly Squidoo lens stays on there. Things that I don’t want to carry on to the next day get removed. For example, if one of my tasks was to write a Zujava leaf I would probably remove it rather than letting my list just get longer.

That’s how I do my main daily tasks. I also have other lists for things. For example, I always keep a list of my projects and have a list for each project detailing what needs to get done. My daily list may say “SquidsPro task” and I’ll go to my SquidsPro list and pick a task to do.

It works okay for me but I’m always interested in how other people stay organized.

How do you stay on task and organized?

P.S. Some updates on some things I’ve been getting asked about via email.

  • My 50% off sale at PLR Content Market has been extended until Saturday. Use the coupon code “VDAY” for 50% off of everything including the new reports I released and all of my gardening PLR.
  • I’m still making and selling starter Squidoo lenses to raise money to visit my grandpa more. I plan to visit him every week, sometimes twice a week, for however long he has left and that means I’ve gotta pay for gas and food.
  • The SquidsPro lensmaking challenge is still going. You can join and stop whenever you want. It’s just a way for lensmasters to connect and work towards a common goal.
  • I’ve got an interesting “challenge” idea in my head. I’m going to flesh it out and share it with you next week. It’s something that won’t take too much time out of your day but could be really helpful to all of you.
  • I’m currently trying to pick a new Squidoo guide/book to review on SquidsPro. If you have any ideas, let me know.

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Comments

  1. To my shame, I must admit that I don’t plan online activities the way I do “real job” tasks, though I’m intending to remedy that. At the daily level I make a list of tasks in rough priority order and tick them off when completed. I aim for a reasonably fine grained breakdown but not to excess – if you spend a large amount of time writing the list, or it’s too long, then you’re doing it wrong!

    • Very true about time spent on the list. My believe on that is that you should spend no more than twenty minutes getting organized and planning out your day. If it takes longer than that, you’re cutting into your day itself.

  2. I currently have a list of what I would like to do Monday through Sunday while online. I get the blog post done FIRST if at all possible, and spend the rest of the day doing things here and there. Marketing, commenting, etc.

    I don’t check email every hour. I check it in the AM and before I go to bed.

    I should probably have a better schedule, but we’ll see how the next 3 months go on the schedule I have first.
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    • I check my email entirely too often but I get so many emails I like to break answering them up into smaller sessions. With the rising popularity of Squidoo it’s made me quite popular I guess. Squid Pro Quo came out around a month after I launched SquidsPro so there are a lot of people trying it out. I love helping them though, so it’s totally worth the time!

  3. Hey Amanda

    I need to improve on my organization for sure…. but so far the thing that helps me best is when I make a list on a small notebook paper and then check everything off as I do it.

    I put a star by the things I need to do first.

    Thanks for the 50% off PLR – I got the dog one! Could not pass up that deal.

    I think it is great that you are focusing on your grandpa – Iam sure your efforts mean a lot to him.

    All the best!

    Mary Kathan
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    • That’s how I used to do things before I started doing more digitally. Honestly I should go back to a pen and paper though. I always end up forgetting to save my lists and having to remake them. Then again, I always lose my little notebook too. Hmm….

  4. I have a paper day planner that I’ve started to use. It might take me a week to finish everything on it as I add more to it. Things like writing are just ticked each day. I also use GQueues to capture ideas where I won’t forget them. That gets checked every morning.

    I check emails first while I’m having my coffee then try to start writing. If I don’t keep my Focus Master timer going I’ll spend way too much time in one area and neglect others. I also use Grindstone to see where my day has gone. Occasionally I’ll check emails again before I knock off.
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