I build my daily schedule around a few key priorities. Your mileage may vary, but these principles help me get more done. In order of importance, here's what I tackle each day:
- Daily tasks: these are the small little items I need to take care of each day. Recording payments, sending invoices, checking email, etc.
- Most urgent small task: I say "small" because it allows me to get something important under my belt before the day really gets rolling and crazy.
- Most urgent large task: Now I take care of the most urgent big item on my list. It might take me two or three hours, but it needs done before lunch.
- Everything else.
Sticking to those items, in that order, is what helps me get the most out of each day. Find what works for you, but find a system and stick to it for a while. Examine the results, adjust your settings, and then try again.