Low level planning is your day-to-day work planned out at the granular level, usually by the week, with activities blocked out by the hour. This is the plan that I find most important when it comes to really getting down to brass tacks and working. It is where the ‘rubber hits the road’ in terms of seeing what you have to do this week, today, right now.

Some rules I try to live by when it comes to low level planning:

  1. Plan with a calendar tool – Block out your tasks against time
  2. Be thoughtful about how long a task takes – Try to estimate and block a realistic amount of time in the calendar
  3. Plan ‘baseline’ tasks and activities – Add in repeating tasks for things you have to do over and over (emails, pick up the kids, etc.)
  4. Think in a logical sequence, and try to plan in ‘dependency free’ chunks – If you can only start one thing after you do another thing first (a dependency) plan those things in order
  5. Look at it every day – If you don’t look it and live with it, nothing will happen
  6. Don’t plan in too muchleave some space for life and surprises