When people ask you how you’re doing, what’s your usual answer?
If it’s, “Good, but I’m super busy!” then you’re in the same boat as a lot of students – and I’m guessing you’re not too happy about it.
As an ambitious student, you’ve probably got a lot of goals… which translates to a lot of work on your plate. You feel “busy all the time” because you can’t seem to get all of it done.
This is the boat that I’ve spent most of my life in. To a degree, I’m still in it – but in the past few months, I’ve been able to massively increase the amount of real, actual work I get done on a daily basis.
Each week, I create a video just like this one (which takes at least 7-8 hours of focused time to produce), write a blog post, record several podcast episodes (since I’m part of LMM now), and do several other things. For a while, I was writing 500 words a day for my book on top of all of that.
This leads to a question I get emailed all the time:
“How do you get so much done? And how can I increase my work output as well?”
Today’s video will help you get that massive workload of yours done. While there are a ton of factors that go into this, daily planning – the subject I’ll be covering – will help you stay focused on one task at a time, resulting in higher output.
If you’re unable to see the video above, you can view it on YouTube.
Learn More on Planning Effectively
Daily planning is just one step in an effective overall planning strategy. Want to learn more?
I just finished writing a book called 10 Steps to Earning Awesome Grades (While Studying Less) and I’d like to share it with you for free.
The book covers topics like:
- Defeating procrastination
- Getting more out of your classes
- Taking great notes
- Reading your textbooks more efficiently
…and it also includes an entire chapter on planning. I cover timeboxing, fudge ratios, weekly planning, long-term planning, and more.
The book also has a lot of recommendations for tools and other resources that can make your studying easier.
If you’d like a free copy of the book, let me know where I should send it:
I’ll also keep you updated about new posts and videos that come out on this blog (they’ll be just as good as this one or better) 🙂
- Todoist is my task manager of choice. It’s simple, syncs between all my devices, and lets me add contexts to my tasks so I can group them when writing out my daily plan.
- My weekly and daily plans are on notebook paper and a whiteboard, respectively.
- With regard to the fudge ratio, you may be interested to read up on the Planning fallacy.
Daily planning is certainly not the only topic I could cover under the umbrella of “getting more done,” so you can expect more videos in this area in the future.
If you made it this far, though, I’d like to know: What specific productivity questions do you have? What should I cover?
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