Let’s start with your desk:
Take some time to declutter, move things that can be addressed at a later date. Have some shelves or drawers that can be labelled so you know what documents you have to work through. Every morning have a tidy up just so you can start on a clean slate, it clears your head.

Know your goals:
Sit down and think about short term and long-terms goals and aim towards them – are they financial, growth, whatever they are your daily plan should revolve around tasks and activities that directly relate to them and to generating income and growing your business. If you find it hard to plan ahead in the morning, just take 15 minutes at the end of the day to clean your desk again and plan your next days work. It helps to separate work and home by allowing some decompression time. Coming into a clean desk is more energising for the day rather than have to clean a messy one.

Write down your to-do’s and prioritise them:
Get your to-do’s out of your head and put them on paper. It frees up the space to concentrate on the job you have to do at that moment and stops you stressing as you don’t have to remember the next job to or run the risk of forgetting. Having them prioritised means the most urgent gets done first and on time. Don’t put your least favourite to the back. Do it first, if priority allows. The best way to prioritise is:
Important and Urgent – Tasks that must de done. Do them first right away.
Important but not Urgent – Tasks that appear important, but upon closer examination aren’t. Decide when to do them.
Urgent but not Important – Tasks that make the most noise but when accomplished have little or no lasting value. – Delegate if possible.
Not Urgent and Not Important – Low priority – Do them later. Once this is done, the rest of the day is potentially better.

Use your calendar:
Using a paper or digital calendar means you don’t run the risk of double booking. Stop using anything you find on your desk to jot down notes they get lost. Plan your day effectively.

Reward yourself:
Take your breaks! clear your mind, have a lunch break, step away for a moment, this can give you a different perspective and reward yourself with something that makes you happy even if it’s just a cuppa.