Yesterday started with the best of intentions. I walked into my office in the morning with a vague sense of what I wanted to accomplish. Then I sat down, turned on my computer, and checked my email. Two hours later, after fighting several fires, solving other people’s problems, and dealing with whatever happened to be […]
It’s the beginning of the year and time for new years resolutions. One of my big resolutions for the year is to become a "master planner". I’ve always been a planner and it’s the activity that always gives me the most payoff, bar none. I believe that good, strategic planning is a "keystone" habit; it’s one of those things that will have a massive effect on every single other area in your life.
Of course the big thing with planning is in the execution. One of my big pratfalls when it comes to planning has been to just pile up a bunch of to-do’s without really taking the time to consider how long it will take to complete the task. That’s why I really like the article linked above.
The biggest takeaway from this article is to plan WHEN and WHERE you are going to do the task. I’m going to try and plan my day from my calendar, instead of creating a list of to-do’s. You’ve got to be really mindful about how long things will take or you can end up getting behind, missing deadlines, and getting stressed out.