3 Fixes for an Unproductive Week

[Editor’s note: Following is a guest blog post by Jeff Doubek]

Another unsatisfying day is turning into an unproductive week. Aren’t you tired of being in this rut?

Sure you are. But finding a fix can prove difficult in the middle of a busy week. Let me show you a few ways to dig yourself out of the rut.

Here are three symptoms of a bad week and three tips for turning it around:

You had a poor plan or no plan – You choose to go through your day without a plan, instead jumping from one pop-up task to another “Whack-a-Mole” style.

  • The Fix: Spend 15 minutes each Sunday and spend 5 minutes each morning with your day planner, preparing a task list and schedule that cover your important activities.

You had unrealistic expectations – The to-do list in your planner is too darn big, an “everything but the kitchen sink” list and you fell short because a) there wasn’t enough time, or b) the timing was wrong.

  • The Fix: Estimate the time of each task you want to accomplish and compare it to the time slots you see available in your day planner. What doesn’t fit must be delegated or pushed to another day. A successful to-do list gets completely checked off. Strive for this victory each day.

You got distracted: Whether it’s a sudden help request from a co-worker or Facebook, all distractions lead you away from what truly needs to get done.

  • The Fix: Say “no” to requests, delegate tasks you don’t have time to complete, and stay disciplined to follow your daily priorities. Your plan is a personal commitment, so don’t let yourself down.

A final word of advice: You expect slow traffic on snowy days, right? So make sure you plan your day for the delays, tangents and detours life throws at you. Leave time each day for the unexpected and a little extra time for yourself. Give yourself a little breathing room each day.

[photo by Omar_Gurnah]

Jeff Doubek is the spokesperson for Day-Timer®, a trusted leader in time management delivering a wide variety of flexible solutions based on users’ ever-changing needs and lives. Day-Timer is part of the ACCO Brands family, which includes AT-A-GLANCE®, Five Star®, GBC®, Hilroy®, Kensington®, Marbig, Mead®, NOBO, Quartet®, Rexel, Swingline®, Tilibra®, Wilson Jones® and many others.

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