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Tips to restructure your daily life

If you are like me you may find that you have more things than you can do in a day, a week, a month, or even a year. Eventually all the things going on in one’s life get to be too much and one must sit down and organize. There are a great number of references and plans to help one get organized.

Perhaps the most popular as of late is GTD or getting things done. The GTD plan was originally conceived of by David Allen. You can learn quite a bit more about his plan by searching google for Getting Things Done. However I have found his plan to be a bit too much for what I need. As result I found this great resource Hacking a GTD Moleskine. This method of approach worked beautifully for myself since I am pretty low tech. The moleskine provides a great way to organize projects and to do lists but it did not have a solution for my daily tasks. Daily tasks like exercising, reading, writing, meditation, illustration, and other things that I enjoy doing all the time. I often found that by doing one I neglected another. So to solve this dilemma I purchased a weekly planner. The goal is to segment tasks either within the day or the week.

The week is divided into seven days, so I set up an alternating weekly system.

Monday
* AM Exercise
* PM Read

Tuesday
* AM Meditate
* PM Illustrate

Wednesday
* AM Yoga
* PM Write

Thursday
* AM Exercise
* PM Watch Movie

Friday
* AM Meditate
* PM Socialize

Saturday
* AM Yoga
* PM Read

Sunday
* AM Exercise
* PM Write

Each week I would alternate the schedule accordingly. Of course one can get more complex and devote specific blocks of time. On Saturday I may actually end up reading, writing, and meditating too. The goal is to set a structure so I don’t deviate from the daily task. Otherwise I may end up doing the same thing all week morning and night.

By establishing a set schedule and writing down projects; I allow myself to gain control over an otherwise confusing daily regiment. While a weekly schedule works for me you may find you only need a monthly one, or alternately a daily schedule. Since we are an orderly species by nature, our subconscious works better when it isn’t cluttered holding onto to dos and what ifs.

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