...AND THAT’S IT FOLKS, WE ARE OFFICIALLY HALF WAY THROUGH THE YEAR...CAN YOU BELIEVE IT???
Did you make any New Year resolutions?
Maybe you just started with some simple goals for the year instead?
How are you going with those?
Chances are, time has flown and you haven’t completed many of them, in fact some of you may not have even started some of your goals for the year.
Funny how each January we start out fresh and excited about the prospects of a ‘better’ year than the last one.
Wash, rinse, repeat!
As we get older, it does feel like time is flying at twice the speed it did when we had less on our plates...
Every day we seem to get busier and busier.
With more and more distractions like email, facebook, kids & home life, work, appointments, meetings, networking, study, research, charity work, telephone calls, contracts, database management, social media updates, blogging and webinars...it’s endless!
How many projects do you have on the go at the moment?
It use to bother me that my Husband had a complex system of multiple slips of paper, sticky notes and post-it’s scattered around his desk. That was his system of managing tasks and projects. It drove me nuts!
Of course I tried his system and cut down a few trees, losing more notes than I care to remember and never really feeling like I was on top of everything.
Then I tried making a To Do list each morning. Before I even turned on the laptop, I wrote down the things I had to do that day.
Trouble was, once the day got going, I constantly added to my To Do list, until it was about 2 foot long!
Yes it was nice to eventually tick something off, but much like the fast growing bamboo, the speed at which my list grew was faster than the speed at which I cut it down.
I was spending more time creating and managing my To Do list than I was actually doing anything.
Then I listened to a clever guy (probably someone like Jim Rohn or Brendan Burchard) and he said that instead of planning your day, perhaps you should plan your week.
That way you had one proper planning session, and a total list of what was really achievable in 7 days.
So I gave it a try and you know what?
In the past 4 years I have moved country, lost 15kg, written 6 books, becoming a best selling author in less than a month, I run two charity fashion events that raise enough to feed 5000 malnourished children each year, have started 2 businesses, got married and take care of a fairly happy and healthy home.
I normally have at least 6 projects on the go at once and yes, my days are full (just like yours) but I don’t feel overwhelmed or like I’m chasing my tail all the time. I don’t have lots of scrappy pieces of paper or post-it notes all over the place and I don’t miss much.
More importantly I get to plan my week (normally this takes 15 minutes on a Sunday afternoon, and usually includes a glass of wine).
The best part is that I get up Monday morning all ready to go, with the entire week planned and I can quickly check off what is done and what to do next without getting distracted.
If something new does crop up or plans change, that's OK, it gets slotted into the current planner. Or it is not added until the next week.
And I can see every single project in one glance, with a focus on just the top 5 things that are important to achieve this week.
How do I do this?
I have what I call a ‘Weekly Action Planner’.
And the best part is, that this is just one part of the Most Audacious Marketing Action Planner which helps you plan and focus your work week to 10X your productivity.
Would you like one?
It helps you find your focus and get 10 times more down in one week PLUS you can plan your entire year of marketing and promotion so you don't miss out on any opportunities to get your brand and business out there. Just try it!
It takes very little time to create and manage and it’s something I have used that proves how efficient and effective you can be, if you just have the right tools.
Let's see how much you get done in the second half of the year using it!