Budgeting your time is a helpful way to keep a distracted mind under control. If you're trying to keep a schedule, perform a daily debrief to identify when you're at your best or your worst.
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Most of us know the importance of setting a schedule and creating a to-do list to keep our days events organised. Some of us might even check in at the end of the day to see what we accomplished. However, tips blog Make Use Of suggests doing a full audit of your productivity at the end of each day to see not just how much you got done, but how well you got work done at different times of the day:
But you need to do more than just plan your day. Debriefing yourself is just as important. Your attention and energy level ebbs and flows throughout the day based on your natural rhythms, the food you eat, and how much you slept the night before. You should note these factors at the end of the day and question how you felt while performing your assigned tasks. If you find that your attention wanes in the middle of the day, as is true for many people, you'd be wise to assign a less demanding task for those spans of time, like afternoon slumps.
To a certain extent, this may require some logging and self-awareness, but even taking a moment to reflect on the day can help. If you want to get more in depth, self-tracking can help you get a better handle on your daily habits, but chances are most of us don't need to go that far to figure out what time of day we work the best.