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.
The day's plan --
Time awake target: Between 11AM and 3PM.
1. Review/analyze the last week. Look where falling short. Publish the numbers.
Total time: 60 minutes.
****NOTE: Revisted metrics for this week. Minutes into category. Respectable attempts.
Fitness. What does this mean to you? To me it means being healthy. I am not talking about the elite, the untouchables… I am talking about the everyday woman. Some of us are mothers, married, single or divorced. I believe we can reach our fitness goals while maintaining the household. My goal is to encourage and/or inspire you to do something for yourself.
I was talking with a therapist a couple of years back and she shared an analogy with me. Now, I am sure you have heard this before or maybe you are just hearing it for the first time but it changed my perspective. Here it goes: If you are on an airplane the instructions for the oxygen mask instruct you to place the oxygen mask on yourself BEFORE attempting to assist a child or another adult. What does this mean? It means that if we are not taking care of ourselves first HOW can we take care of those around us. This applies to everything, finances, fitness, nutrition, emotions and the list goes on. Sooo many of us feel guilty for taking 5 extra minutes in the shower or taking time off from the kitchen. Let me tell you that these things are ok. We need to set an example for our children. It is OK to take a timeout and recharge. It is NOT the end of the world if you don’t clean the kitchen for one night so you can workout or play a game with your kids. I say challenge yourself and take a night off. YOU DESERVE IT!
Now that I have addressed the guilt we all face lets move on to how we can better ourselves. I am talking fitness and diet. First , lets work on our schedule. How many moms out there have sports commitments 3 times a week? I am sure all of you! How can we get past this? I suggest you keep a calendar. For those of you that already do, pull it up and take a look at your schedule for the next week. Do you see a 20-30 minute gap anywhere? I bet you do… Nobody said you can only workout at 9am or at 6-7pm. Yes, society makes us think these are the prime time hours for us and if it does not fit then we don’t have time. I can tell you I have been up at 9/10pm squeezing in a quick workout. For those of you that don’t like to workout at night, since that is your “vegging” out time I would suggest an early morning workout. Yes, early morning….5am or 6am. After you do this for 3 weeks it will become a habit or even a necessity. What kind of workout only lasts 20-30 minutes you say…. Well, lets see…. A Tabata workout. This is where you take 2 exercises and alternate every 45 seconds. For instance, you would squat for 45 seconds then rest 15 seconds. When the 15 seconds is up you jump into the next exercise… which could be jump rope. You would then jump rope for 45 seconds then rest 15 seconds. Repeat for a total of 5 sets. This would be a 10 minute workout so I would throw in another 2 exercises with the same format and BOOM a 20 minute workout and so on.
Lets talk diet! Do you know how to make a room full of people feel uncomfortable? Talk about food! Not Top Chef or the deal at Chilis. I mean the other side, the dark side (to some). This would be protein, low carb, keeping track and drinking water. When someone asks me what I eat, they look at me like I am crazy. Like, why in the world can’t you just enjoy what I am having… Now I have to sit here feeling bad about myself so I am taking you on that ride with me. Haha! You know you have done it to someone or experienced it yourself. Here is an easy diet plan for the busy mom:
Breakfast: 3 egg whites and bacon (nitrate free).