One of my tasks for today was to create a daily schedule. I am the type of person who needs a plan. Even if I don’t always follow the plan, just having a plan immediately puts me in a calm state and gives me a sense of control. This is why creating a plan was one of my top tasks for this week.
My initial idea was to start with a daily schedule, and once the daily schedule was set, I could start following the schedule while I was planning other, more long-term activities, that required more thinking and research.
However, when I sat down to create the daily schedule, I realized that before putting tasks on the schedule, I needed to know what those tasks would be. Sounds quite obvious when you put it this way, doesn’t it?
Master Plan for 2015
After that realization, I took a step back and looked at the larger picture. Since I am a very visual person, I needed a way to visually get an overview of where I was going – like a timeline with clear milestones. The best way to present such a timeline is in a form of an infographic. However, when I did a search for a timeline infographic template on Google, I didn’t find anything good enough. So I decided to create my own, using Photoshop. It may not look as pretty as one of the ready-made templates, but it served its purpose well: to provide a clear overview of things I wanted to accomplish in the next few months.
The timeline that I ended up with is going until January next year, about 8 months long. I have a track for the major projects, which makes it easy to get an overview of each project. Not every project is on the timeline yet, but it is easy to update.
After the big picture was cleared out, I moved on to a more detailed plan – the weekly schedule. Since I am planning to work on several initiatives at the same time, I decided that I will dedicate a weekday to every initiative, which will allow me to put in a focused effort on only one project on any given day, instead of jumping from one activity to another.
Monday will be the day when I review the previous week, fine-tune the tasks for the current week, and do learning and research. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be dedicated to the main project, and then Friday will be spent on my secondary project – the fashion website.
This is a preliminary schedule, of course, and I will adjust it as I go along. The plan is to start with this schedule next Monday.
After the weekly schedule was done, I moved on to the daily plan. One important goal was to make sure that I am consistent with the wake-up and bed times, meaning that I get up and go to bed at the same time every day, including the weekends. This will help my body to get a more restful night sleep and have more energy during the day. The same goes to the meal time: I want to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at the same times every day, for the same reason: our bodies like consistency, and usually function on a more optimal level when we follow a consistent schedule.
It felt great to have accomplished all that: I obviously did more than I planned to do, and it was not that hard, to be honest. All the schedules are living documents: nothing is set in stone, and I will have to re-visit them often and make adjustments.