And so we find ourselves in December in the final throws of 2020, and inevitably planning ahead for 2021. I think it’s fair to say we’re feeling way more confident about next year than we could have imagined even a few weeks ago.
Now what normally happens in December is that things start winding down from next week. Everyone’s out at Christmas parties, or networking, and there’s that feeling of “there’s no point trying to get anything done in December”
Obviously it’s all different this year but I wonder how many people still feel there’s “no point” making those sales calls, or starting that marketing project?
Maybe you’re in an industry where things do shut down early, but rather than feel yourself slide into wind down mode, what’s the very best use of your time during December that will put you in a brilliant position in January?
Knowing what to focus on
It can be somewhat overwhelming to know exactly what TO focus on.
Which is why in the Academy it’s Time Management month in December, when maybe the more obvious topic would be goal setting.
Well, it’s been a funny year. Our schedules and routines have been knocked sideways and it can feel like we’re less in control of our time now that Zoom meetings and interruptions dominate our days. Somehow the gains we made by not travelling seem to have been gobbled up and the pace can seem faster and more intense.
Lots of business owners feel like they’re living in reaction even more than before.
But living in reaction will never get you where you want to be. Unless of you course you don’t much care where you end up!
Which why I think in December we need to take back control of our diaries.
We cannot expect to master our lives, and our futures if we haven’t mastered our time.
We need to be able to plan in the important work that will keep moving our businesses and financial security forward.
Month by month.
Knowing our agendas come first.
Changing how we work means changing how we plan and control our time
Like so many people this year my business model has changed completely since March; launching and learning how to run a different business took its toll on my previously organised time planning system.
And it’s taken until last week to really get back on top of that and put my default diary system back in place.
And on my goodness.
What a difference.
I feel like I can breathe now.
I know what work gets done on what days, how I capture and plan tasks and know where they’ll fit.
And what I can clearly now see what I need to say NO to!
Next Thursday I’m running a workshop on the power of default diary planning, so if you’re a member you can book your place here https://academy.fwordtraining.com/events/default-diary-planning-workshop?instance_index=20201210T123000Z
And in next week’s blog I’ll give you my guide and top tips for planning your diary like this. I promise it’s a game changer!