It’s not a new idea to me, I’ve come across it in various guises in multiple productivity and effectiveness blogs/ books. But the trick is to actually APPLY it in a disciplined way, day in, day out. It is SO easy to get caught up in the little things, firefighting, distractions and shiny objects that take you away from your purpose. About 6 months ago I got a new boss at work and he introduced a “weekly top 3”, each of the management team would give their 3 main goals for the week which they would be held accountable for in the next weeks meeting. For months I struggled with the top 3, they were always big important things that needed to be achieved that week, but because they were big and usually not screamingly urgent (type 2 tasks on Eisenhowers urgent / important matrix) http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_91.htm they often didn’t get completed, particularly as my job involved a fair amount of firefighting and interruption, so I’d turn up to the management meeting and have to explain why it wasn’t all done – cringe. Then I started to cheat a bit and put my tasks as things I knew I could achieve that week because they would just get done and I’d already scheduled them out, like recruitment / meetings and that took the pressure off a bit but it defeated the point, being that you need to set tasks that give you the most bang for your buck, that propel you forward, not just routine tasks. Eventually I worked out that what I needed to do was do my top 3 first, make these the first things I did in the week, so if I set the task on Monday, I’d need to schedule out Tuesday and maybe part of Wednesday to do them but they needed to be done by Wednesday lunch time without fail. Making them the first things I did in the week meant they got done and the rest of my week was more productive as a result.
So the challenge for day 2 is to identify my MIA for the 15 day blog challenge. What one thing do I want to achieve by the end?
Answer: A plan.
I have had the idea in my head that I wanted to start a business for the last…. 8 years or so. And now is my time. Over those 8 years I’ve started a number of plans, gone in a few different directions, written and forgotten about A LOT of goals and gone back to the beginning more times than I care to remember. I’ve also learned loads and even made a bit of money so not all wasted. But I really don’t want to be doing the same thing in 8 years time. In 8 years I want to be celebrating my 8th year of a successful business that has given me financial freedom, allowed me to do what I love and developed me in ways I never thought possible. So I want to create a plan, and build momentum in the direction of my goal to have my own successful business. Watch this space…