I recently had a conversation with my daughter in which she told me she was feeling overwhelmed. She’s a mother of a two-year old, a teacher for an on-line school, and a student of an on-line teacher credentialing program. My advice was make a schedule for each week, and a to-do list for each day.
Then I read an article entitled “Bookending Your Days: A Productivity Hack” written by Jen Lawrence. Wow, Jen knows her stuff! The piece I was missing in my advice to my daughter was to “bookend” her day.
So, What Is Bookending?
Bookending is the process of reviewing your “to-do” list for the day when you sit down to work. Can any of the tasks come off the list? Do any tasks need to be added? Which tasks have the highest priority for the day?
At the end of the work day, review the list again. Remove completed tasks, review for tasks that did not get completed and adjust the due date, and add any tasks that need to be done.
What Are the Benefits of Bookending?
Well, there are plenty:
- It gives the tasks of the day your focus while you’re at work.
- It gives you a sense of accomplishment as you cross off/delete completed tasks.
- It gives you a sense of peace: your tasks are accounted for so no need to lose sleep.
- It works with any task management system: daily written list, physical planner, digital calendar, “or a wall of post-it notes.”
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