The Self Journal system created by Best Self, a powerful daily planner that I have been using, suggests that leaving ZERO white space on your planner/calendar is a key to having a very productive day.
At first it sounded a bit too much. But I found out that it’s not about becoming a workaholic or working without a break all day. It’s about being intentional with your time and where you spend it. If you want to go to the gym, put it into your day. If you want to visit on Facebook, put it into your day and put a time limit on it.
Have a plan for your time, write it down, and don’t leave any time without a plan or it will be, most likely squandered. The more white space there is, the more you are not reaching your full potential for the day. – Self Journal –
Yesterday, as a part of my morning routine I figured out my priorities but in a rush, I didn’t take the time to actually schedule them into my day and as a result there was a fair amount of white space on my calendar and it turned out to be one of my less productive days. At the end of the day as I was heading out to a BNI event I thought, “did I get anything worthwhile done today?”
It was confirmation that I cannot go without having my day planned out. – Leaving ZERO white space on my calendar is essential. It really is very helpful and doesn’t allow for wasting time thinking about what I’m going to tackle next or for procrastination. And it minimizes the distractions, and helps me to say no to others trying to get my attention.
Planning and prioritizing makes for a much more productive day. Leaving ZERO white space is key.