In a time of constant movement, constant communication, continual achievement, and an ongoing list of to-dos, at the end of the day we feel we’ll never get ahead. It seems like our days are controlling us, rather than us controlling them.
While I agree with Ben Franklin’s idea, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail,” countless companies have wasted time and money on strategic plans that are collecting dust. People spend lots of time planning but very little time turning those plans into daily actionable tasks. Some suggest that putting your goal in the mirror so you see it every day will make it come true.
It’s hard to get a running start on the day without a plan. You don’t want to waste your creative morning time wondering what you should do today. If you want to attack your day instead of having it attack you, use this solid strategy.
As a founder of a start up I make every second of each day count. This sounds a bit dramatic but like most passionate people I wake up every day wanting to squeeze the most out of every minute that I’m awake, so I’m always on the look out for anything that makes me more efficient.
I always laugh when people comment that I seem to be very productive. I think it is based on the illusion created by social media, when all we see are celebrations of finished blog posts, or program announcements, media coverage or photos of glamorous travel.
We know that 80% of results come from just 20% of effort. The problem is that even though the 80/20 principle helps us be more productive at one thing, we forget to plan what to do with that extra 80% of energy.
As managers, we are expected to lead, manage, and coach all our people—not just some of them. Our job is to maximize the performance of each person in our organization. So we have to pay attention to everyone, again making sure each is performing as best possible, meeting our performance expectations.
Procrastination. We all do it. Put things off until later. Then later, we realize just how many things we’ve been putting off and just how big that “to do list” has become. Sound even remotely familiar? Well, today’s the day to quit procrastinating and take control of your life again.
One of the great selling points of a majority of franchise opportunities in the marketplace today is the option to choose a “manage the manager” business model. It’s also referred to, in a more highbrow sense, as the “semi-absentee” model.
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