Do you ever find yourself scouring Google in search of the latest way to curb your procrastination, organise your life and get more done? I know I have done this in the past and it can be pretty frustrating. You feel overwhelmed, constantly pushed for time and quite often, you feel like none of the strategies ever work for you!
If you’re anything like me you can have a tendency to become obsessive with a certain area of your business. If you’ve had an idea to launch a new product or service – you zone in on that, and only that, until it’s completed (or you get stuck!). What happens to the rest of the business? Well, erm………nothing. Everything else is expected to run or promote itself. You might not notice any difference immediately but down the line you’ll notice things are starting to suffer with your business.
I love personal development and one day whilst reading through blogs I found a video from Chalene Johnson, a fitness guru and success coach, with an interesting solution to balancing everything and getting stuff done.
GO BACK TO SCHOOL!
Ok, not literally! But the idea is to structure your day as though you were at school. When I think back to High School it’s astounding how much we managed to achieve. If you studied the bare minimum of subjects you were studying for and taking exams in 8 subjects!
You have clearly defined periods of time to spend on each subject (ie your lessons) and when the bell went you stopped and moved on to the next class.
You didn’t obsess over Math and allow the class to take over the whole day, you spent small chunks of time on lots of subjects to give you consistent, regular learning and progress in each subject.
You can apply the same principle to your working day. Spending small chunks of time on different areas/goals to make sure you make regular progress.
An example of how you might do this could be:
This is just an example of how you might structure your day (geared towards those of us with kids) – you can change this to fit your circumstances and responsibilities – just take out the bits that don’t apply and put something else in it’s place!
Although at first glance a schedule like that may seem very regimented and restrictive I have actually found it makes me more productive, helps me to progress in multiple areas and take more consistent action towards my goals.
One of my favourite books that I’ve already mentioned before (it’s that good!) – The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy (if you haven’t read it, it’s a must read!) – talks about the theory of small tasks repeated consistently having a greater effect in the long term than huge efforts every so often. The method of structuring your day like school supports this theory perfectly!