Planning your day does not have to be a huge, fully orchestrated, drawn out event. When done right, planning your day will save you hours of time and relieve loads of stress.
In this episode, I walk you through the 5 Daily Planning Pavers that will help you pave your way to a successful day every day. I touch upon why your well-intentioned plans might not be coming to fruition, what happens when you let your day depend on your feelings, and how I utilize mind sweeping and triggers to aid in my daily review.
I also clue you in to the advice you may have received from other productivity “experts” that are absolutely pointless and the secret to making your plans really stick. I go on to divulge what I keep at my fingertips throughout the day so I can swiftly tackle my daily review and the appropriate length of time you should commit to planning each day.
I hope you’ll enjoy my episode on the 5 Daily Planning Pavers and encourage you to start planning each of your days utilizing them. Now let’s get to the straight talk!
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In this episode I introduce eight common misconceptions about productivity, discuss how believing in and abiding by those myths actually hinders your productivity, and talk about how real productivity can seriously grow your business.
I also discuss how tweaking productivity strategies to work for you can help you maximize your success and answer the question What’s your favorite productivity app?
I know you’ll enjoy my episode on productivity myths and hope you start taking the necessary actions to make effective changes in your business today. Now let’s get to the straight talk!
Jim Rohn says, “Time is our most valuable asset. Yet we tend to spend it, kill it, and waste it. Rather than invest it.” How are you investing in your time? Are you using it wisely or wasting it? Productive people become successful people because they consistently invest their time into their best activities. To be able to do that, they say no to more things than most people.
Do you often feel inundated with tasks that never seem to get done? They could be pesky little ones that take only five minutes or colossal ones aimed at changing the course of your business, but you likely know what I’m talking about. In this digital era, we have every sort of productivity app imaginable at our fingertips and yet still, most business owners feel overwhelmed by the smorgasbord of tasks on their plate. What if I told you repurposing only one hour a week could vastly improve the extreme level of frustration and stress you feel juggling your never-ending tasks? Eliminate the Monday blues? Get back on track? Well, it can! You just have to use that hour with intentionality.
This article is for you if you have…
- A long list of to-dos, possibly longer than your arm, and you just don’t seem to be able to get everything done.
- Numerous tasks that keep getting pushed back day after day after day.
- A difficult time staying focused during blocked out times.
- Done time blocking before and it just hasn’t worked for you.
Time blocking does work and it is a very effective way to conquer your task list. You just need to utilize certain helpful strategies to help you get sh!t done.
If you’re going to construct a building, you don’t just start placing bricks on the ground, piling them up high, and slapping some mortar in between each one without a plan. You’d be sure to fail. Benjamin Franklin said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail,” and he’s absolutely correct. No matter what you set out to achieve, you must take the necessary step of creating a plan, often one with many if not hundreds of steps and components. Constructing a building is important work. You don’t want it to fall down because it’s poorly designed or haphazardly engineered. You need a plan. Well, each one of your days is important work too because they set up the foundation for your months, your years, and your life. It’s vital to create a plan for each of your working days to ensure you’re setting yourself up for success. The good news? Creating your daily plan only needs to take about 15 minutes each day if you utilize the 5 Daily Planning Pavers. They lay the groundwork for a productive day, day after day, year after year.
The most effective productivity tool of 2016 and beyond isn’t a fancy gadget or app. You can’t buy it from Apple, Google didn’t invent it, and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg. It was actually invented in the 1800s and your local dollar store might even carry it. Any guesses?
You’re a business owner – a busy one I imagine, and one who would love the time to be able to grow your business. The answer is increasing your productivity. The internet is full of tips on how to lose weight, create your own hair mask, fix a computer issue, and don’t even get me started on the vortex that is searching on Pinterest for “Kids Birthday Party Ideas.” The internet is also stocked with tips on how to increase your productivity, so many though, that choosing which ones to implement could be overwhelming.
Being productive is not exactly easy. Otherwise, most people would be less stressed and accomplish much more. Being productive takes hard work, consistency, and commitment which can be an even greater challenge if you travel for business. Traveling disrupts the systems you’ve established for how you normally get your work done. The key to being productive while traveling is to create good habits that enable you to continue working at your best wherever you find yourself.
What questions do you ask yourself to prepare for the day?
That sounds like a trick question because I don’t really prepare for the day. I prepare for the following day before I leave my office each night. I always ask myself these questions to help me prepare for the day: