Most tasks have a better chance of getting finished if you assign them time in your calendar, but choosing the right day of the week can also have a major impact.
I was reminded of this principle during a recent presentation by food industry consultant Jane Milton at the Speciality & Fine Food Fair in London. Milton pointed out that many businesses organise marketing in large bursts, but that this isn’t the most effective technique:
You need to plan time into your diary. It’s great if you can do an hour a week. You’ll still get 40 hours or more in a year, even with disruptions.
Milton noted that her own application of this principle had been messy at first. “I used to block out an hour on Friday afternoon, and then I realised I always wanted to go home rather than do it. Now I do it on a Monday afternoon and it works much better.”
The same approach can work in reverse – doing mundane administrative tasks first thing on a Monday can help you ease your way back into the week. It’s generally a personal decision, but one that’s worth giving some thought.
Which tasks work best for you at certain points in the week? Share your time divisions in the comments.