4 Steps to Prepare for Tomorrow’s Work Day
By Natalie Conrad on May 02, 2011
Many of us check the weather to see the forecast so we know what to wear or if we will need a jacket, umbrella or sunscreen. We ask in advance about the dress code for certain events. We prepare in advance for many things, so why not prepare for tomorrow? Here are four things you can do to prepare for tomorrow, whether at home or at the office.
These things should be done as the last duties before ending your day in order to prepare you for a more productive tomorrow.
1. Check your calendar. What appointments are scheduled? Where will you need to be? Do you need to allow extra travel time? Do you have the directions? Just mentally running through tomorrow’s schedule will help you to be more prepared. (It will also help you decide what to wear!)
2. Pull out the needed tools. If you have a meeting tomorrow, do you have the report printed and ready to go? Is the case file on your desk? Do you have this month’s receipts ready for the bookkeeper? Are you taking the kids somewhere and need to have some additional things ready? Having papers, files, food, clothes and other preparations staged the night before will make for smoother operations tomorrow.
3. Create your task list. What projects are you working on tomorrow? Do you need to carry over a task from today? Don’t forget to include errands and follow up activities on your list. Place your task list in a prominent location so that you will see it when you get up in the morning.
4. Prioritize. Now that you know what appointments you have tomorrow, what tasks should be accomplished and what materials you will need to complete your work? Prioritize the information you have in front of you. To do this, literally put the most important project or paperwork on top with the rest of the papers; order the rest of your papers in relation to priority. If your priorities do not involve paper then list them in order of importance on your task list. Put your newly prioritized work or list in the center of your desk or other prominent location.
Now when you start your day tomorrow you will be prepared, both mentally and physically. Preparation the night before gives you the advantage. That advantage will make you more productive!
All the best,
Speaker and Organizing Coach
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