Setting Out My Day

Hi guys, in this short post I am making a request. From time to time I need help organizing my working day.

Sometimes I just don’t know where to start! Do I check my emails first? But then this can send me off on a journey clicking on links in emails, and I can end up wasting a good couple of hours.

Focus Focus!

Probably best to check and respond to emails at the end of my day, when I have completed my tasks.

Next what area of my business to focus on, providing value to my subscribers, working on my new product, driving traffic to my blog, learning new skills? Commenting on blogs, and forums. Perhaps make a few videos? All of these!! Arrggghh.

Plus fitting all this around your existing lifestyle and day job too… Its a dilemma

So I am asking all my readers do they have a set formula for planning out their working day? What do you do first/last? What areas of your business do you put the most focus on?

Hmm I feel a product idea coming on! Shall I work on that now?

Please reply with any tips.




8 thoughts to “Setting Out My Day”

  1. Although I am no time management expert there are a couple of things that I have picked over the years that help me. One of them and probably the one that takes the most discipline is emails.

    Many say that you should only read emails twice a day, most suggest once in the morning and once at the end of the day. The morning reading should not be the thing you start your day with but sometime before diving into the day’s work. Reading them at set times or intervals allows you to focus on the project at hand and not run around putting out fires.

    The second and most useful for me is make a daily task list and stick to it. Write down what you need to accomplish today and then do it. This not only allows you to focus on the task at hand but it also forces you to prioritize what you want to accomplish over time.

  2. Hey Brian,

    I used to have this problem as well until I discovered the power of monthly planners.

    You can either use them online but I work better old school so I just bought a cheap one on a local office market and it has been fantastic so far.

    I actually wrote a blog post about it, you can check it out on my blog under the ‘Productivity’ category. (I won’t link directly here since I don’t want to spam your blog)

    Hope that sheds some light, talk soon! 😉


  3. Hi Brian,

    My advice is to do the essential things first. If you get distracted when you check your email, do that last. Make a list the night before for what you want to accomplish the following day. Prioritize that list into critical things, things you’d like to do if time, and things that could possibly wait. Start at the top of the list and work down in order of priority. Do as much each day as your schedule allows, making sure you hit at least all the critical items. Then check your email.

    Hope that helps,


  4. Brian

    I can share with you my experience of managing a service based organisation for many years.
    i. On sunday evening I setout what needs to be achieved over the course of the following week. John’s weekly structured training programme makes this very easy for us all. Thanks John.
    ii. I create a checklist of tasks to be completed the following day. This is done at the end of the working day.
    iii.I return telephone calls between 12.30 – 1pm and between 4.30 – 5.00pm each working day.
    iv.I read emails between 12-12.30pm,(responding only to those that are urgent)and to the rest between 5-6pm.
    iv. The area around priorities is rather more subjective because only you can decide what outcomes or outputs you need to achieve for your business during any given period. Once you have established that then it should become clearer as to what your next step/s should be.

    Hope that is helpful


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    1. You are far more organized than me Vijay,
      I can tell you are destined for great success. I will definately take heed of your sound advice 🙂
      I appreciate you commenting on my blog. Thanks

  5. Great Post Brian,lol, i identify myself the same as you because the first thing i do when switching on the computer is check my inbox and believe me when i say that i do spend a couple of hrs just checking the emails,replying and deleting, time which i could probably be spending doing something more productive towards my business in general,so yeah i probably need some discipline when it comes to organising myself!

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    1. Hi Dan,
      Yes, its a case of making changes the way we manage our day, then sticking to it.
      I still drift back to wasting hours now and again, but now I realise and stop!

  6. Hi Brian,

    Great post, I find that checking the email only once or twice a day won’t work for me as I am a Freelance Graphic Designer and I have to respond quite quickly to meet deadlines etc. But I have got my email set so I can see what is coming in at a glance rather than logging in everytime to check and get side tracked.

    I normally map out the weeks tasks on a Monday Morning and what I want to achieve during the week. Then I will break them down into daily tasks. I will just use a a4 bit of printer paper and physically write it down and when completed cross it off as I think this helps.

    It seems to work for me

    Gordon Powles
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