How I plan out my week

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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a ‘seat of my pants’ kind of guy in a ‘rocket powered rollercoaster’ kind of job. Because of that, and often in spite of that, I have to work very hard to make sure that I’m driving the direction I want. It doesn’t work every day, but over the long term, it definitely works.

So I thought I’d share what I do to help stay in control, be proactive and get things done amongst the chaos. A lot of it is built up from the principles of Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Regardless of what you think of this book, it had a profound influence on me when I read it at 19 and changed me from a dreamer to a doer. One of the key things I picked up, and primarily from a follow on audio book, was the weekly plan.

The principle of a weekly plan is to take some time out each week to think about the days ahead. Not to write a to do list, not to look at your meetings scheduled, but to step back from that and look at what you should be doing.

A key way to do this is to look at the roles you have in your life. And I mean all the roles, not just work. For an example, here are some of mine.

Husband
Father
Son / Son in-law
Brother
Family member
Friend
Godfather
Family finances manager
Household member
Community member
Charity supporter
Landlord
Pet owner
Pollenizer leader
Pollenizer marketer
Pollenizer director
Mogeneration director
Dealised director
Industry leader
EO and EO Forum Member

That’s a lot. There is no way I can do the right thing by all those roles if I have to think about them minute by minute as my week rolls along.

I briefly think about each role, and see if there is something I should be doing in that role that I’m not. This is a the key moment. At that point I’m not responding to an inbox or an external pressure. I’m thinking about the roles I’ve identified as important to me and I get a chance to insert proactive tasks/projects into my week.

I mention the big rock theory, which basically means if you don’t put the important things in first as a priority, your time will fill up with lots of little, less important things.

My time each Sunday to think about my week has become an important and positive part of my life. If I miss it, I’m a mess. Not really, but I can feel that something is missing. Like there’s no driver.

I’m a big believer in finding the system that works for you. If this helps you be a little more proactive, and a little less ‘do what my latest email tells me’, then great.

If you have any questions about this, please reach out. I had lots of help working this out.

First published at pollenizer.com

Mick Liubinskas

He is entrepreneur in residence at Muru-D Accelerator, Pollenizer Co-founder, Oomph Director, WooBoard Chairman.

1 Comment

  1. Aya

    April 8, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Hi Dali,I am sorry that I don’t have the time to put on my thinking cap to reply you in such a phiaosphicll topic.Put another way, can a good parent change the course of your life. Can a life changing guru change your life through getting you to see things in a differing way? Can someone who mentors you well change the course of your career.Firstly, you have no choice in choosing your parents. Your parents are predetermined. Good or bad, you have to accept it. Life-changing guru, meeting one is by chance or choice or predetermined? Is it predetermined from birth that you will get a Phd? Why, its certainly not just genes. Just as the make up of a person is important, so too are the people that influence him/her. If you can be influenced one way or another, then genetic makeup is not so “important” in governing the path you take. Genetics may be able to tell you the likelihood of a person taking maybe 20 out of 100 available options … the influence of others and the environment may cause that person to consider another 10 options.Secondly, if you are born with Down syndrome or other genetic defects, you are “determined” not to get a PhD. Of course, if you carry a lethal gene, you won’t survive long enough to get a PhD. Agreed with the last statement but the influence of others and enviroment are by choice, or “predetermined”.Dali, I hope you don’t take it personal. Just for the sake of discussion. I try to not believe in fate or predestination; I try to believe that I have a choice in my path. But at the end of the day, you know that your choice is influenced by your previous “conditioning” that you have no control over it. Is it predetermined that I will leave a comment in your blog? Is it my own choice or mere fate? Or is it by chance or random event?Dali, would you take the blue pill or the red pill? Fate for thought…

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