If you’re like me, you want to squeeze as much time out of the day as possible. You want to be more efficient at what you do so that you can get more done. The more that you get done, the more money you make.

However, what you do to start your day is crucial to ensuring that it’s productive and not full of wasted time.

Leaving Work Behind give us 4 amazing tips that will guarantee your day starts off productive and stays that way.

“1. Build a Model Day

Figuring out the most imperative tasks to my business and scheduling them into a “model day” is one of the ways that I’ve found works really well to organize my work days. What are the tasks that I need to accomplish day in, day out to build (then later maintain) a successful freelance business?

It took some time (and trial and error), but I eventually came up with the below schedule. Each of the items on the list below represents a 25 minute block of time – or Pomodoro period, which you’ll learn more about shortly.

Write article

Write article

Write article

Check email

Search/Pitch Jobs/Guest Posts

Blog Outreach

Social Media Promotion

Write article/brainstorm

Write article/brainstorm

Write article/brainstorm

Check email

Non-fiction Reading

Social Media Promotion

These aren’t the only things that I do on a daily basis, but they are the most important. It’s not perfect, but it’s a decent framework to keep me on task and on schedule. It also ensures that I’m getting the MIT (Most Important Things) done if I use it as a checklist of sorts.”

See the other 3 tips at Leaving Work Behind.