I don’t have enough time.”
Think about that statement for a second. How often do you say it? How many times a week or even each day?
There is no bigger killer of dreams than those five words.
But have you ever noticed that the busiest and most accomplished people never seem to say them? The CEO always has time for that last minute event. Richard Branson does not have more than 24hrs in a day and still he seems to launch business after business and still have time for supporting charitable causes and more. The list goes on. But what set’s them apart?
They have a strategy. Most of us don’t.
There’s only one real reason why the big-time successful people seem to get so many of the important things done – and still have time left over. It’s not because they were born with something special or only sleep three hours a night. They simply have found a strategy that works. And they execute on it continuously.
Most people go into the week with little idea of how they see their days unfolding. If they do any planning, they write a jumbled list of tasks. Without a process for doing what matters, on a daily and hourly basis, you are not likely to succeed.
The good news is that with the right process, it’s very possible. But you need a process that gets results. So here is one you can start using today;
1. Make Time and establish a routine. 1 hr each week is all you need but you need to do it every week.
2. Connect and visualise your big picture. This helps you focus on what is really important.
3. Celebrate last week. Think of everything that went well, even the small things.
4. Write down major lessons and learn from them.
5. Analyse what didn’t happen and try to understand why, maybe there are some themes in there?
6. Clarify and commit to your biggest outcomes, what are really the most important things you need to get done.
7. Schedule everything, make sure to book the time in your diary to get it done.
How to not fail at weekly planning – a few tips:
Everyone has enough time.
There is a reason why the people who get the most done tend to continue to be able to do more and more of what matters. Many of them also tend to love the work they do. None of this is a coincidence. They traded excuses for a process that gets results. Whether you use this process or any other – please just use something. There is no excuse for showing up underprepared. If it’s in your control, then it’s time to start controlling it. Trust me, you have enough time to do the things that matter. We all do. The only question left is how are you going to spend it?
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It’s so easy in today’s busy world to get caught up in our everyday life and forget to pay attention to what we really want and why.
That’s completely what I used to do. I was always committed and worked hard but not necessarily knowing where I was going, I had no big picture or vision in mind.
Then one day I was in a workshop and asked to define my vison! I have to say I was quite reluctant at first as it all sounded a bit fluffy to me, but as I was there I decided to give it a go – and wow was it powerful.
Since then my life has transformed, knowing where I’m going doesn’t only ground me and guide me but it also allows me to prioritise and focus on what’s really important and will get me to where I want to be.
This is just as much achieving my business goals, as it is to be with my kids and husband, and every now and then to have a moment just for me.
So, me time, family and career are a few things in my big picture, you need to figure out what you want and what's really important to you.
To create your big picture you need to do three very simple things and these are;
1. Figure out what you really want.
Your big picture includes all the elements that you want to have part of your prefect life, like your career, family, house, health, travel whatever they are they all need to be included.
The easiest way to do this is to brainstorm about all the things you would like to do, be or have. One really great way to do this is to complete this sentence: Wouldn’t It Be Great If…
Brainstorm about 20 answers and see what comes out, then cluster them into common themes.
If you end up with more than 7 themes, try to see if you can group a few together or otherwise simply prioritise the ones that are most important.
To make sure you can easily connect to your big picture you need to have no more than 7 themes. Ok, so now when you have your themes let’s move on to step two.
2. Create statements
Now you need to work your themes into statements.
The statements should all be present tense like “I have” or “I am” then use tangible descriptors when you can, it will allow them to come to life more.
When you have your statements you come to powerful part, visualisation.
This is what will allow you to easily connect with your big picture when you need to.
This you can do in different ways, the quickest and easiest way is just to sit down with your statements and try to see them.
What do they look like? Who is in them? What’s the surrounding like? How does it make you feel when you see the image? What smells can you identify?
The more descriptors you use the stronger the picture will be in your mind and the easier it’ll be for you to connect with it.
When you have a clear image of all your statements, try to bring them in to one, and voila! There you go your big picture.
If you have a bit more time and feel crafty then go town and create your big picture board, get some magazines, photos or use pinterest.
Cut, craft and colour whatever you feel like, you’ll sure have some fun doing that. The key things is that you end up with one clear picture including all the elements that you want to have in your perfect life.
So there you go, your big picture.
Now when it's clear, use it to guide you if you have a decision to make, or to ground you if you feel a bit all over, or maybe to give you some energy as you can now easily see where you are going.
Whatever it is keep connecting with your big picture and you will see how much easier things will fall in to place.
Have a wonderful day and remember the rest of your life starts right now!
HANNA GIRLING, wife, mother, business owner, mindset coach, sport enthusiast and forever an optimist.