There are two types of people in the world: those who set up a super detailed schedule to follow and do it to a T and those who also set up a super detailed schedule but end up doing nothing that’s on it and instead choose to focus on completely random things. This post is for those people.
If you’re someone who just can’t stick to a schedule, no matter how hard you try, your first question is probably ‘Why can’t I just stick to my schedule?’. Well, it most likely doesn’t have anything to do with you personally bu the way you’ve built your schedule. Maybe you’re not a morning person so those huge tasks you’ve scheduled in the morning should be moved to the afternoon since you’re much more likely to just lay in bed than do them. Little changes like that can make a huge difference in your productivity.
Here are a few ways you can stick to your schedule and follow through with the things you set yourself up to do.
HOW TO STICK TO YOUR SCHEDULE
SCHEDULE IMPORTANT THINGS FIRST
When creating your schedule, high-priority tasks, or non-negotiables, should be the first things you schedule in. Make sure you schedule them at times where you know you’re most likely to do them. Like I mentioned above, if you’re not a morning person, for example, don’t schedule those tasks early in the morning.
Once those are scheduled, you can start scheduling the other tasks you’d like to accomplish that week. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t schedule things one after the other as it’s very likely you’ll end up not doing them. Scheduling in breaks and as important as scheduling in actual tasks.
ELIMINATE AS MUCH FRICTION BETWEEN YOU AND A TASK AS POSSIBLE
Let’s say you’ve scheduled in some time to exercise but you never do it. Maybe that’s because of lack of motivation- I have a whole blogpost about what to do when you’re not feeling motivated- or maybe it’s because you start thinking about.
All the work that you’ll have to put in just to set your space so that you can exercise. This is a fairly easy thing to resolve: have your workout gear somewhere easily accessible, and preferably somewhere you can see it often so that you’ll be reminded to workout.
The same goes for non-physical tasks. If you’ve scheduled in a blogpost writing session, have a little template of all the steps it takes for you to write those posts. That way you will not be stumbling around confused and not knowing where to start and what to do.