August 06, 2016
A few months ago I sat down with one of my team who was feeling stressed and overwhelmed with how many tasks they had on their plate, and how little they felt they were getting done at the end of each week.
When I sat down with them to review how they spent their time, the problem was glaringly obvious…
They weren’t actively planning out how they were going to spend their time each week.
In my experience, most people are reactive in how they approach their week rather than proactive… which is a recipe for overwhelm.
In a world of emails, Slack, meetings, Skype, Facebook, iMessage, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, if you’re not actively planning how to get the most done out of your time, your time will get eaten up with things that are not productive at all.
So how can you get more out of your week, so you feel like you’ve accomplished a lot at the end of it?
Here’s the 8-step weekly planning process I use…
By implementing this kind of weekly planning you’ll find that you’ll get a lot more completed each week.
Because you’re actively making decisions about how you’re going to spend each day before the day starts. You’re then heading into the day with a focused plan and a positive mindset (hopefully) for what you’re doing to get done. And it’s the a lot easier for you to say ‘no’ to the tasks and interruptions that will hold you back from achieving what you planned.
And keep in mind that even with the best of planning, your week isn’t going to go according to plan… so even if you achieve 75% of what you wanted to, it’s probably a lot more than you’re achieving now.
Try it out for a few weeks and see the benefits for yourself.
Director of Strategy + Innovation | Co-Founder at Webprofits
I co-founded Webprofits in 2006 with the belief that there's always a smarter and better way to do things. We're now a digital growth consultancy with offices in Australia, Singapore, and the United States. I'm passionate about personal and professional growth, and I like to surround myself with people who are as well. I have substantial private board experience, and have successfully launched an IPO.
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