This 10-Minute Planning Tip Will Change the Way You Work


Have you ever had one of those days or weeks where time, and therefore, your schedule, seems to be the one controlling you… rather than the other way around?

If this sounds like you, then I implore you to read on, because this week on Episode 122 of Productivity Paradox we’re tackling the concept of control and some of the ways that we can put it back into our hands when we need it most!

And so, of course, to touch upon that idea just a bit, I wanted to share one of my favorite planning and productivity tips that will not only help you feel less of a slave to time, but will also help you change the way that you work…

The best part of this tip is that it only takes TEN MINUTES each day… So, let’s get started!


The 5 P’s of Planning

Before we get to the 10-Minute game-changer though, I think it’s important that we recap a bit of what we discussed in our conversation this week… because it’s all related!

As I mentioned on the podcast, I want to empower you to be in the driver’s seat when it comes to scheduling your days, your weeks and your months. In other words, I want you to own your day, not the other way around!

…Remember, it’s not just about jamming our calendars full of 10,000 different things, just to be busy. Instead, we need to rethink what busy means and start to focus on our priorities, so that we can structure our days to be more effective and more rewarding!

Part of how we can accomplish this is by implementing a planning system that works no matter how much you have on your plate, and no matter how often your schedule might change because of the unexpected challenges that life throws at you from time to time.

For me, my favorite planning system is what I like to call the “Five Ps of Planning”. Without going into too much detail here (refer back to Episode 122 for an in-depth recap with some examples to help!), I’ll quickly run down what each of the Five Ps stands for; you think about each one as a single step to planning out your daily or weekly schedule…


The Five Ps of Planning are:







One of my favorite aspects about this system is that you can absolutely customize it for yourself, no matter what job title you hold or how many tasks you have to tackle each week at the office.

Need some extra help getting your planning system into high gear? No problem! Head over to the Resources + Links section on the Episode 122 landing page to grab a free copy of my download to help you implement this system even more!

And now, let’s talk about that 10-Minute Planning Tip that will totally change the way that you work…


The 10-Minute Game-Changing Planning Tip


I know, you’re probably expecting some outrageously intricate planning tip that requires an extra five or ten steps to implement, right? Wrong!

The 10-Minute Planning Tip will take exactly—you guessed it—ten minutes or less of your time, and all it requires that you do is to sit down before you dig into your work tasks each day to assess the tasks you have on your plate and to pluck things from your purge list (refer to the podcast episode this week for more details on what this list entails) so that you can, slowly but surely, work those items out and into your schedule each week to prevent yourself from feeling overwhelmed…

Because, guess what? Life is full of curveballs, and instead of trying to tackle the unexpected before it happens, we need to instead look at the work that we have in front of us and allow some room for flexibility when it comes to our schedule…

Which is why taking just ten minutes out of your day each day to plan out your course of action at the office will dramatically change the way in which you work, for the better!


Don’t believe me? Tune in to Episode 122 to learn all about the ways that we can get back in the driver’s seat of our time, our schedule, and our lives… And if you have any quick and simple planning or productivity tips of your own, I’d love to hear them! Be sure to share them with me in the comments below!

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Tonya Dalton
Tonya Dalton