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Time management: day planning with 60/20/20 rule

Time management: day planning with 60/20/20 rule
12. Februar 2023 Uwe Freund

Time management: Avoid frustration when planning you day – with the 60/20/20 rule

What is the rule for time planning? How much time can I plan for the next day?

For planning your day on the prior day, the 60/20/20 rule applies:

  • A maximum of 60% of your time can be planned
  • 20% is allotted for unpredictable things
  • 20% you will need for social activities in the broader sense such as networking, courtesy, informal colleague contact

60% is the maximum value. For example, in strongly customer-driven activities it can also be lower. However, at least 15 to 20% of the time used for any activity can be planned in any working environment.

By following this rule, you can avoid frustration when planning out your day because it allows for flexibility while still ensuring that important tasks are completed. It’s important to note that these percentages are just guidelines – everyone’s job responsibilities vary so it’s up to each individual to determine what works best for them.

In addition, it may be helpful to prioritize tasks within each category based on urgency or importance. This way you can ensure that you’re making progress on both short-term goals (reactive) as well as long-term projects (focused).

Overall, by using the 60/20/20 rule when planning out your day, you’ll have a better understanding of how much time should be allocated towards different types of activities while still maintaining some degree of flexibility in case unexpected events arise throughout the day.