In this episode of Coffee Talks, I decided to share my thoughts on planning the shit out of the day opting for maximizing productivity.
When I’ve started this blog several months ago, I didn’t have a routine that would correspond well with the attention and time this required. I couldn’t quite comprehend how much of a discipline, strong working habits, good organization and time management skills a blog, or any business for that matter, actually needs in order to thrive. I was focused solely on choosing the niche, categorizing, shoot photos, creating content, etc. You know, starting it. Then all of that was done. I took this blog out “in public”, it all became real. It was only then I’d realized that I needed to approach this more seriously, implement some positive changes around for better performance.
I started thoroughly analyzing each and every aspect of my character. How was I handling changes up until now? Was I a person who has a strong sense of self-initiative and confidence, or someone who just follows the crowd? Am I disciplined? How can I become better at that? Where does most of my focus and energy go? All sorts of questions, that all of a sudden seem to have the same answer. I realized that what I needed the most in order to tackle all of these new responsibilities was a sense of control. It seems simple, but it’s a long way to go.
My working days at the beginnings were almost unbearably chaotic. I started feeling like I was constantly running, and there was still not enough time for everything. I started constantly feeling like I was loosing control. Like, I’ve let go, and sort of, expected things to just happen.
So, I’ve realized that I need to learn how to make time work for me, instead of against me. I’ve learnt that I need to take control of my behavior, my habits, my skills. ‘Cause bottom line is, it’s all in our hands. One of my attempts to regain control of my own life was actually to start planning shit. Not planning my whole life, I mean where’s the fun in the that? I started planning the shit out of my working days, so that it doesn’t feel like I have no idea what I’m doing. Winging the business and expect success is plain stupid.
Now that I’ve started planning my working-days, I’ve seen all the benefits that it offers. By sticking to my schedule, I’ve managed to complete my tasks and make time for friends without feeling pressured and stressed out. I’m not saying that I’ve nailed this and have managed to apply this on regular, day-to-day basis. Change needs time. However, I can say that I’m making a progress, and that is a good thing.
What kind of perks have you experienced by planning the shit out of your day? Are there any methods of organizing, and (re)gaining control that you’d fancy sharing? Express yourselves in comments.