brokerbeat New Canaan edited & reblogged ENTREPRENEUR
You're thinking “Planning?” with a MAJOR frown, for sure.
For some people it's a dreaded word, but don't worry. I'm not talking about writing a business plan or setting annual goals. I'm simply talking about dedicating 20 minutes to prioritizing and organizing your day.
The 20 minutes you spend today can save hours tomorrow and turn a good day into a great day.
Everyone knows that the most valuable resource entrepreneurs have is time. So stop giving it away to people and spending it on activities you don't care about. People say if only there were more hours in the day, they could get everything done. But what about those two hours spent watching The Bachelor? Or that hour-long meeting with a vendor trying to sell you something that you know you aren't going to buy? Been there? I know I have.
It's crucial that entrepreneurs protect their time like the Night's Watch guards the wall in the Game of Thrones. This means declining interesting opportunities. This means choosing one person over another to schedule that long meeting with. This means saying no without worrying about hurting someone's feelings. This means realizing that saying no today allows you to say yes tomorrow to something that means more.
A suggested daily plan - it's a daily routine that will become a programmed habit. The process is simple:
Write down the eight goals you want to accomplish that day. Figure that if you can’t get eight things done in an eight-hour day, then you're doing the wrong things. Six of those goals should be professional and two personal [personal goals include things like going for a run or having a night out with friends or family].
The next morning, check off the goals accomplished, see how you did, reassess and then create a new list for the day.
On Saturdays, flip the ratio and set six personal goals and two professional goals, which may be as simple as paying the bills. This is an effort to encourage weekend fun and discourage weekend work.
On Sundays, there is no list making. One needs time to rest and a day free of lists.
Committing 20 minutes a day (sometimes less) to setting daily goals and organizing priorities will be very beneficial to your work, personal life, and overall health and well-being.
The "8 for the Day" exercise is something that works, but there are other great tactics for planning your day. Some people suggest writing three to five things down and then choosing one task to commit time to completing. Others choose the most important, 'need-to-do' thing and complete that. Choose or create a system that works for you.
The point is not when you plan your day, just that you do it. Many like to start their day with dedicated time to focus on and visualize how the day will unfold, and what they can do to make it successful. I like to spend the last 20 minutes before going to bed thinking about tomorrow and making a game plan.
You choose your most important 20 minutes of your day. The question is, How will you spend them?
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