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Start Planning Tasks Weekly

Scheduling helps keep in mind all critical and urgent to-dos and switch between them faster. That's why we think that you need to try planning for at least one week. To make this process more efficient, pay attention to the following points.

1. Select your tool

Whether you opt for a pen with a stylish notebook or a smart mobile app, it's up to you. While some research suggests that people can remember information better when they write by hand, it's more important that your tool is comfortable and enjoyable for you.

2. Create three lists

Try using three different lists for your planning:
1) Base tasks — All the to-dos you want to achieve in the long term, e.g., complete the entire French course, get a medical examination, etc.
2) Weekly tasks — To-dos that you're going to do within the next seven days
3) Daily tasks — To-dos that you need to attend to within 24 hours

3. Write down your tasks in detail

Divide your big goals into specific tasks. For example, rather than listing your goal as "learn French," aim to read the first chapter of Notre-Dame de Paris in French or pass the TEF exam. Include detailed information about your to-dos, such as reading the first chapter of Notre-Dame de Paris on the website myawesomebook.com. If you plan this task in advance, you won't have to spend your time looking for the book or whatever other tools you may need for your specific goal.
a woman ran a marathon as an example how it's important to stop being lazy

4. Schedule your breaks

You need a little rest between your tasks. It helps refresh your mind and lets you shift focus from one activity to another more easily. So make sure to schedule plenty of breaks when you're planning out your days.

5. Plan the time for planning

Weekly planning is a responsible and essential task that you do on a regular basis. Logically, this to-do creation requires some specific time in your schedule, like any other task.

6. Set time for each items

It might seem obvious, but it's worth a reminder: an exhaustive to-do list includes not only a set of tasks and breaks but also their allocated times.
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7. Make your plans visible

You can keep your to-do notebook on your desk, hang a printed schedule on the wall, or place a productivity app on your phone's home screen. If you get motivated when your progress is visible to other people, try showing your schedule to someone. For example, publish it on social media or hang it near your desk at the office, and mark off the things you've done.
Scheduling is a powerful way to make your productivity go through the roof and make the best of your good habits.
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