Defining Your Day

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I was excited to see my copy of Norman Ackroyd‘s book The Stratton Street Series and my day planner arrive from the UK on the same day last week. Always good to get new books of images and tools to help me figure out where I’m going to find time to look at them.

Squeezing everything in is an on-going battle and forgoing sleep is becoming a less and less attractive option given what I’m finding out about sleep deprivation.

Being intentional then about how I spend my time seems like the next best alternative. While I bridle at the thought of having every moment of my day scheduled it’s one way, and really the only way I can think of at the moment, to ensure that I have the time to work on everything that I want to move forward.

I found the Day Ticket planner from Half Three when I was poking around on the Kickstarter website – Lauren and Andy Clark explain why they put this together in the video below.

Half Three – Day Ticket Kickstarter Film from Andy Clark on Vimeo.

Here’s a shot of a page from the planner

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I love paper so I’m all in for notebooks and paper planners. While you obviously don’t need to buy this planner the general thrust behind it is perfect. It provides a framework to help you chunk out your day to schedule all the things you want to get done. This may lead you to the realization that you need to cut out some things like watching TV in the evening or getting up a little earlier being conscious and intentional about these decisions will allow you to get more done in your day.

Try this out and let me know how it goes.

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2 thoughts on “Defining Your Day

  1. All I need is days with 30 hours πŸ™‚
    I don’t usually write down what I need to do because one of my works takes the most of my time so the other things must to get done after and I tend to have them very present on my mind (not watching TV is one of the best options I have taken in my life). Once said that, I am starting to work as Freelance in just two weeks and that is going to change my schedule a lot…I am sure a planner will be useful.
    By the way, your post about sleep time is awesome ( I feel less guilty if I am in the mood for going earlier to bed). Six/seven hours is a must to me πŸ™‚
    Have a nice day.

    • 30 hour days does seem like it would make things better!

      I can always find things to fill up my time no matter how much I have. That’s why it’s important for me to see what I have to do so that I don’t take on too much stuff.

      Good luck with the switch to freelancing.

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