Checklist on StickyNoteOver the next few days, I’m going to be focusing my blog posts on time management.

Okay, I know we can’t really manage time. David Allen, author of Getting Things Done and Ready for Anything gets right to the point when he says, “Time is just time, you can’t mismanage it. What that really means is that you mismanaged the agreement you had with yourself about what you should have accomplished.”

He goes on to say that time management is really a complex issue of self-management where work needs to be captured, clarified, organized and reviewed in line with your purpose, values, vision, goals, and strategies. When these things are in line, you’ll feel good about how you are managing time. Does that sound complicated? Maybe, but it’s not impossible.

We’ll explore some of this over the next few days.

One thing I do want to remind you of is about the importance of starting your day on the right foot.

When it comes to time management (and other self-improvement issues) starting your day right will make a massive difference in the long run.

If you’re always finding yourself in a time crunch, it’s a good idea to be sure you take the time to plan out your day by creating a will-do list either each morning, or preferably, the day or evening before.

Planning only what you can accomplish in a day — the things you promise that you will do — will keep you on task with the things you say are the most important to get done, and presumably, completed within the time constraints you set for yourself.

The key is to put on your daily will-do list only the things you know you can get accomplished in a day. You don’t want carry-overs.

And remember that most things take longer than we think they will.

Seems obvious, and might not seem like a game changer, but try out a daily “will-do” plan for a couple of weeks and see how it works for you.

Then share in the comments below how planning your day carefully each day has helped you.

We’ll talk more in-depth about will-do lists as we go through this series, so stay tuned for more on that.