Tips to plan your day right and be content with your life

Have you ever been wondering how some people manage to do so many things and still have time for some quality time with friends and sleep? Well, that’s what you can do too — if you plan your day correctly. Let’s talk about ways to increase your productivity.

So why is it even worth trying? Your day plan is a clear strategy that covers all of your activities throughout a day. And while this might sound a tad boring, it has lots of advantages that will benefit you on many levels.

First, you’ll be able to do much more within the same period of time. Second, it’ll give you lots of reasons to be content with yourself — and that’s what makes you happier and more emotionally elevated. And last, you won’t feel so tired because you’ll have more time for relaxation and, as a result, you’ll be much more productive, no matter what you do. All of these aspects are strongly interconnected. What do you have to do to make this work? You’d be surprised, but you can achieve this after about seven days of keeping a journal. Before you ask it: no, no professional writing is required (unless you are particularly into it, of course).


You’ve probably heard it a billion times already: you need 7 to 9 hours to have a good night’s rest. What’s more, you need to go to sleep and get up at the same time every day. A couple of hours before you go to sleep, put away all gadgets and do something relaxing. Reading a book or having a walk would be perfect. Even if there is some important course writing assignment you have to finish asap, give yourself some rest and get enough sleep.

Morning routine

Your morning routine can be anything that suits you best. Usually it takes up to an hour and includes physical activities (like a simple morning exercise or some yoga, for an instance) and other useful activities, like language lessons.

This kind of routine is especially helpful when it’s your test or exam day or when you have to deliver some research writing you’ve been assigned. It takes a lot of stress away if, instead of focusing on thoughts about how hard your test will be, you relax, think of something else, and do something productive.

Planning your day: diary writing strategies

You can keep a diary in whatever form you find the most convenient. Some people use a physical notebook to write everything down and some use all kinds of applications on their smartphones and other devices. Some use both.

It might make sense to plan some things a year ahead — events, tests, exams, birthdays.

A week plan usually contains clearly defined goals: courses, meetings, home assignments. It would also be handy to add ideas and lists of things you wouldn’t like to forget and a “to do” list of things you want to get done during the week. This kind of planning helps organizing your days.

Think of what kind of things you want to do apart from classes and make up an hourly schedule. In case some things don’t take much time, just put them in a list.

It’s worth noting that hourly schedule doesn’t suit everyone: you can’t always plan what exactly you will be doing at certain time. So sometimes it’s just better writing down a list of things and ideas and strike them off as you complete them.

Mistakes you’d want to avoid

  1. Lack of planned rest time.You are not a robot! Usually, you must have no less than 10 minutes of rest time for each hour of work. No, changing a type of activity is not a good way to relax. Finished your college classes for a day? Go do some jogging. Getting to coursework writing right after you finished your studies won’t do you any good. To save the time you can visit to get some extra help.
  2. Exhausting yourself.You’re a human, so at times you may feel not so well, have a headache or just feel really tired. Take a break for an hour or two. As soon as you feel rested, do the most important things on your to do list and put the other ones off till the next day.
  3. Being your day plan’s slave.You have to remember that not all the things depend on you. If your friends invite you to a party unexpectedly — go. You study every day anyway, and some positive emotions will only be beneficial for you.

You can try to do this for a week or two — and you’ll be surprised by how much more you can do during a given period of time, without running yourself ragged.