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How to move forward when your day to day is full

You know what it’s like. You have the vision and you know what you want to achieve but how can you move forward when life keeps getting in the way. If your day is already full how can you start working on the things that will propel you forward?

You need a portion of your time to be spent working ON your business, not IN your business.

The quickest, simplest way to do this is with your diary. Anything you want to achieve needs your focus; things never just happen. In fact, let me tell you a story I once read.

Spontaneity is not all it’s cracked up to be

A man bought flowers for his girlfriend from when they first met. There was never any rhyme or reason – the blooms would just arrive at her work or at home on random days with messages of undying love. She adored this; she felt he was so spontaneous and was clearly thinking of her all the time; every time a delivery of these flowers arrived  she felt a wave of love and gratitude and would always phone to say she loved him and would reciprocate by cooking nice meals or buying him his favourite wine on the way home from work.

They carried on this way for many, many years until, sadly, her husband died peacefully in his sleep. As she was putting his affairs in order she came across all of his appointment books from over the years at work – including one for the year they had just started. Flicking through she noticed there were entries for days much farther ahead in the year. When she read them she was surprised to find they all said the same thing ” send your wife flowers and tell her you love her”

So you see there was nothing spontaneous about his behaviour; in fact, it was all planned out at the start of the year… but the effect! The small act gave his wife joy and earned him many a brownie point over the years.

Use your diary

The reason I’m sharing that story with you is just to show how putting something in your diary, and sticking to it, really can have the most profound effect on what gets achieved.

Let’s say you need to find time to complete a strategic task but struggle to ever get around to it. Establish, realistically, how much time you need. Can you start with an hour a week or a month? Can you split that hour into two? Then find a slot for it; perhaps you know that there are 30 minutes on a Friday morning that actually doing something different may be nice? Schedule it in and then stick to that slot.

Remember that, rarely, does anything in business happen organically. You only get out what you put in so if your diary is a haphazard nightmare, chances are that is how you will feel on a day to day basis. I’m not suggesting making every minute accounted for and regimented but find the right mix for you so you aren’t just achieving the day-to-day.

Things you know will need to get done can go on the Weekly planner (you can find a template here) and when you get to that week you can find a slot in your diary in which to put it.

You can always get in touch for a completely free 30-minute consultation to see how I can help you get more organised!