Take a look at the night before's plan for Day 14 --
Sleeping at 6:30AM. Wake… approx 4PM?
--Re-do my tracking
--Think a lot about the next week
5:30PM: Do one sales lesson, summarize current where I'm at on sales process.
6:30PM: Take a quick crack at writing.
Failing that, take a quick crack at the business plan.
Failing that, answer email.
10PM: Call with bank.
After that… sales calls? Other?
Gym sometime tomorrow? Maybe around 5:30PM, and push everything else back?
I'd say that's way too haphazard and poorly laid out.
The results are, predictably, a little scattered --
Awake: 1:30PM (5 hours sleep)
3:40PM: A lot of general-life stuff… real estate, email, banking, etc. No wasted time, though no super high productivity stuff. (130 general-life)
Going to… straighten up here really quickly (5-10 min), head to a cafe, do start of day stuff I had planned out, and maybe more, then go to the gym, then get on with the rest of the day.
4PM: (20 general-life)
6:40PM: Business, gym. (30 semi-productive, 70 business, 60 fitness)
10PM: Waiting on call.
11PM: Gave up on call.
Called it an early night, did some planning and reading/writing, relaxed, and otherwise was just happy.
Unfortunately couldn't sleep, got up and just went out into space.
Now, compare that Day One's plan --
Going to bed now. Great day.
Sleeping at 8:40AM.
Setting alarm with 4:40PM.
As soon as I wake up,
1. Immediately stretch, vitamins, etc, then review documents for consulting call.
2. Call 5PM to 6PM.
3. Then quick gym for chest, shower, and food.
4. Get back to the office at 8PM, post update to blog.
5. Work on one section for sales process.
6. Do 20 sales calls quickly.
Which was incredibly well-executed and produced good results.
Half-scattered planning, leaving "maybe do this, maybe do that" takes away the largest advantage of pre-planning, which is that it removes the need for maximum motivation, discretion, and judgment in the moment -- you can just follow the plan.
"Maybe do this" or "maybe do that" should therefore be avoided. You can always change the plan on the fly if it's not working! But having something more solid helps.
(There's a secondary factor that this was the last day of Week 2, and the metrics were already shot... which makes a "meh, screw it, get 'em next time" feel. You'll see this in all sorts of things, like athletes letting up from the gas when a game seems out of reach and not playing their most intense, and so on. This is a downside of being metrics-focused. Week 3 starts today.)
I think helps to figure out 2 things that have to be done each day. For example, break a task up and get parts done. For instance, knock a part of the business plan.
I'll have to think if this has always been true -- do the most successful days overwhelmingly account for the most production and getting things done?
Here were Day Six's objectives --
PLAN FOR DAY SIX:
*Wake 1:20PM for 1:30PM call. *Have a good call, get reqs for that project
*Immediately after call, --Modafinil --Bring laptop with to gym --Gym
Almost everyone I know is busy as hell. Running companies, contracting, doing creative work, and keeping a huge mix of projects going on.
Keeping busy is good, but sometimes it turns into a tragedy where you've got your head down doing work and duties, but you never get some of that real juice out of your life that you're wanting.
And many of the busy people I know -- myself included -- periodically have a day where they snap back to reality and really feel it for the first time in a while. "Oh god, I'm out of shape, my energy is low, I feel like crap, I'm not doing some of the key projects I love, I'm passing up a lot of really big opportunities stuck in the grind, I'm neglecting my hobbies and what I want to train... and for what?"
This applies just as much to entrepreneurs as people on salary, maybe even moreso. It's very easy as an entrepreneur or executive to get caught up in running around, getting stuck in the "errands" of business, dealing with what's on fire, and really neglecting the really expansionary projects that aren't urgent, your health, and maybe worst of all -- forgetting to have fun.
Is there an answer? Read on...