As a busy accountancy practice owner your daily routine is so important…
And how you structure your day can have a huge impact on both your personal and business success.
Lately, I’ve seen less-than-ordinary routines of the rich and famous circling social media.
And it’s safe to say they are a far cry away from a typical 9-5 working day.
Hollywood star Mark Wahlberg credits some of his success to the strict lifestyle and routine he follows.
Here’s what a typical day in his life looks like:
Now I don’t know about you, but as a practice owner with a wife and 2 young children, I doubt an hour in a cryo chamber will make my weeks any easier or my practice any more successful.
But then again, I don’t do a workout and play a round of golf before 9am…
There are so many crazes, routines and plans to be found online nowadays, and they all promise to be the best path to success.
Which is why it’s important to remember that we all have different personal and business goals as well as different home lives.
So your daily routine shouldn’t be based upon what the latest business mogul or Hollywood star is doing.
It should be directly linked to what you want to achieve in your life and in your practice.
When I think about my daily routine I consider 4 major factors.
- My Family
- My Health
- My Happiness
- My Business
Now there are many other things I consider when I think about structuring my day, but if my routine is at the detriment of any of those 4, I’ll simply find another way to do things.
So, how can you create a daily routine that both satisfies your personal goals and helps you drive your business forward?
Start by identifying and prioritising the important stuff
I’m sure you will be familiar with the ‘Rocks, Pebble’s and Sand’ analogy?
It’s a simple concept in which you have three different objects to fill an empty jar.
- Big Rocks – these are the most important things in your life (family time, business development, personal health)
- Smaller Pebbles – these are still important, but they aren’t vital for your business’ future survival (client deadlines etc)
- Sand – these are the fillers, the things you routinely do in day to day life (answering emails, watching television at home)
If you prioritise and put the big rocks (the important stuff) in the jar first, you can then add the smaller pebbles and the sand in around them.
And this principle can be applied to the daily routine of anyone, whatever your priorities.
If you make sure there is time in your schedule for the very important things, the less important tasks can either be worked in around them or delegated to someone else.
Create a default diary
One of the best ways to structure your week and plan your daily routine is by having a default diary.
It’s a proven way to ensure that there is designated time in your routine for the stuff most important to you and your practice.
For example, on Mondays from 8am – 9am, you might block out time to go to the gym or take your children to school.
And on Fridays from 8am-10am you might block out time for you to work at home on a new marketing strategy or creating new systems.
Here’s an example:
A default diary is something most successful entrepreneurs use; however strange their activities may seem.
Don’t get sucked in
One of the most valuable commodities we have is time, so what we do with it is crucially important.
So, no matter what the latest trend is or however much it promises to ‘change your life’, your daily routine should be personal to you.
That’s not to say you cannot take inspiration from people doing great things…I do it all the time!
But your routine should be having a positive impact on your personal and business goals.
If it isn’t then you need to change it or try something else.
I’ll leave you with some more articles on how to develop a daily routine which will help you master your time, drive your practice forwards and satisfy both your personal and business goals:
- 3 Ways To Manage Your Time More Effectively And Drive Your Accountancy Practice Forwards
- You Don’t Have A Time Management Problem, You Have A Priority Management Problem
- 3 Ways To Structure Your Day To Allow Time To Work ON Your Business
- How to Stop Being So Busy, Manage Your Time Better and Grow Your Accountancy Practice