Setting aside time for a weekly review is a great way to make sure you're on track with all your projects, but it helps to do the same with a quick mid-day check-in. This way you can make sure you spend the afternoon on the tasks that really need your attention, and not just putting out fires. Image from n-yorking.
Schedule 10-15 minutes on your calendar to reflect on what you've done and what is still left to do. Mirjam Stoffels, founder of seven2success, explains how a post-lunch check-in keeps you focused on the highest priority tasks:
Implement a reboot at 1 p.m. every day. Assess how much you've accomplished, remind yourself of what's critical, and alter your plan so you can tackle the most important thing. If you wait until 5 p.m. to evaluate your day, you're out of time and in crisis mode, putting out fires.
This way you have the whole afternoon to take care of anything that needs your immediate attention and stop it from becoming a huge headache later. I've been on both sides of this before, and realising in the early afternoon that I have a 9am meeting to prepare for is a much better position to be in then realising it as I'm packing up to go home.
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