10 tips on self-organisation planning, a thread:

1. 🕰️ Lack of time = lack of priority. This goes for projects or hobbies with future returns too.

2. ⏱️ If a task takes less than 5 minutes, do it now. Declutter your mind.
3. ⬜ White space in your agenda does not always imply that you can plan something.
4. 🗓️ Take into account mental load when planning: free time does not mean "I can plan anything here". If I've got an hour free after a 3 hour meeting, I do not consider that free time
5. 🤼 Is a lot of your work meeting new people? Using a tool such as Calendly can save a lot of time on scheduling emails back and forward.
6. ☑️ Latent todo's and schedule can occupy a lot of headspace. Externalise all planning, todo's and scheduling (digital or on paper).
7. 🤯 Use a mail client (such as Spark) and a to-do list app (Todoist) with snooze function to hide emails/tasks that are not urgent. These type of emails and tasks can clutter your mind when it doesn't need to. Follow an inbox zero mindset. Empty mailbox = empty mind.
8. 📱Disable all notifications on your smartphone.
Especially your email. No e-mail is that urgent in my work life (thank god). Set out to check your smartphone every (other) hour or so, instead of a constant stream of interruptions.
9. 🚫 Do you sometimes press Control + T and the first letter of your favourite time waster site and then enter without thinking? Use a blocker such as BlockLeech to avoid these sites.
10. 🤝 Pick a day on which you would like to plan most meetings or days without any meetings. Create criteria you aim to always follow. I do meetings at the start of the day or just after lunch. The rest is reserved for me. Only very special meetings get an exception.

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