"The best laid plans for your day are easily thwarted by simply opening email or walking past a colleague's desk. Before you know it, you've lost countless hours to putting out fires. Here are three steps for keeping control over your day and your time:
- Set a plan for the day. Spend five minutes before turning on your computer in the morning to write down what you want to accomplish that day. Be realistic. Schedule time in your calendar to get each thing done, putting the harder tasks at the beginning of the day.
- Refocus. Every hour take a minute to stop what you're doing, look at your list, and reflect on your last hour. Was it productive? What can you do to make the next hour productive?
- Review. At the end of the day after you shut off your computer, review your day and ask yourself what you were able to accomplish. What will you do differently tomorrow?"
Now, I guess I had better get back to my plan for the day......