by Mandy Green, Busy Coach
Let me let you in on a little trick that I learned from Darren Hardy, author of The Compound Effect (which I would highly recommend reading).
I used to prepare for the week on Sunday. The problem was that I ended up thinking about the upcoming week all weekend long. It was like an open loop in my head that kept playing over and over.
Hardy’s recommendation was to plan for your next week on Friday instead of Monday. So simple right?
So now I prepare for Monday on Friday. This is what I have started doing. Before I shutdown my computer on Friday, I open up the day planner that I use. I do my review of the week and prepare my plan for next week. I prepare for who I am going to reach out to, what my goals will be, my most important priorities/results list, and then I block time off in my calendar.
I get it all out of my head on Friday and onto paper, so I don’t forget it.
This whole process takes less than 30 minutes. The biggest impact this has now is that I can fully engage in my weekend without the open loop and lingering thoughts that I still have yet to prepare for next week. I still can enjoy my weekend all the way through bedtime until Sunday night.
Sunday night I do a quick review. And then Monday morning, I wake up with a purpose and I am in full swing before most people have rubbed the sleep out of their eyes and start to wonder what they should do to start their week.
Try it. Today, I want you to plan next week before this week is out then sink into your weekend. Engage and enjoy it fully. You need the rest and recovery so that you can crush it again next week. `
If you would like to hear more about how I do other things to get wins in the office and at home, go to my blog and you will find a lot of different resources talking about how to better plan and manage, and execute on your day as a college coach at Busy.Coach. Or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.