We’ve often said that one key to entrepreneurial success is being open to new solutions and ideas. Innovation, whether on a product or productivity, is paramount. If something isn’t working, then you should find a new solution.
And this includes your daily schedule.
Humans are poor at breaking out of patterns once they end up in them. This can be great if they’re good patterns, healthy patterns, but awful if not. And a pattern you likely follow that you maybe never noticed is one of timing.
If you wear a lot of hats in your work, you probably do them in the same order each day. You handle one after the other. Or you pick one by whim and go from there.
But, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or like one task is much more challenging than others, it may simply be poor timing. Energy, focus, and enthusiasm levels vary throughout the day, and the tasks that take the most time might be that way because you’re not in the right headspace for them.
Let me explain. Let’s say that doing bookkeeping is one of your least favorite tasks. You tend to do it last after the day is done and the customers have left.
But here’s the thing, in this scenario, you’ve made your whole workday a ticking clock—a countdown to something you don’t enjoy. You’ve placed it when you’re most likely to be tired. You might want to sign off for the day, finish up and go, but you’ve got something you dislike standing in your way. This is not only unfun, but you’ll also likely take longer.
If you instead scheduled your day so it was the first or maybe the second thing you did, you’d likely see improvements immediately. No more background dread. And, better still, when the day gets close to its end, you can do an easy task, like answering emails or light cleaning. Something mundane to let your brain transition out of work mode for the day.
Move things around to better match you. Save hard stuff for when you’re at the top of your game. Do easy stuff when you feel a lull.
You may have unconsciously accepted that certain tasks are just difficult, but often, it’s only our own patterns and routines that make it hard. Keep track of yourself for a few weeks, pay attention to your unexamined patterns, and adjust them to fit you better.
It might be that easy.