A diary is not just a beautiful business-style notebook. This is an effective tool for planning and saving your own time. With him, you will not forget about the appointments, complete the tasks on time and become a more successful person.
First you need to choose the right high-quality diary. It doesn't matter what it looks like on the outside: in leather binding or hard paper cover, with colored pages or plain white, A4 or A5 format. Most importantly, the pages should be marked with dates and days of the week, as well as time intervals. It is better if 2 pages are set aside for each day: one for planning by the hour, the other for taking notes.
The diary got its name for a reason. It must be conducted every day. Write down assignments and plans as they arise. For example, if you are invited to a wedding 3 months later, write it down for the week before the planned event. You won't make weekend plans with the celebration in mind. Do not forget to remind yourself of this event 3-4 weeks in advance by marking in your diary “buy a gift and an outfit”. Also keep a planner close at hand during the day, you may need to write down important information or plan something.
Formulate tasks specifically, breaking large ones into smaller ones. It is not enough to write "room renovation". Schedule wallpapering one day, buying new furniture the next, etc. Write down the most unpleasant or difficult tasks for the morning hours. By constantly postponing them for the evening, the chances are high that they will remain unfulfilled. Assign a level of importance to each task. For example, if you absolutely need to negotiate with a client, put the number 1 in front of this entry. If your visit can wait, mark it with the number 3. Try to do the most important things first.
On the notes page, take notes to help you complete your tasks. These can be phone numbers to call, addresses and work schedules of organizations, amounts of money to be paid, etc. Take stock of the day each evening. Cross out or tick off those tasks that were successfully completed. Reschedule what you failed to accomplish to another day. Do not plan too much for the day, calculate your strength.
How can a daily planner help you become more successful? By writing down notes and planning your affairs, you subconsciously make yourself a promise - to fulfill them. Perhaps, at first, this will require overcoming your laziness and forgetfulness, but after a couple of months of regularly keeping a diary, you will notice progress. To make it easier for you to get involved in a new rhythm of life at first, set yourself a goal: to complete 3 planned tasks. After 1-2 weeks - complete 5 tasks. Increase the pace, trying to accomplish everything planned for the day.