(This is the second article of three in a series of posts written to help you have the best year ever in 2017. If you haven’t yet read the first post then please click here to first figure out exactly where you are going. Once you know that, then you are in a position to create your winning plan).
Your Wealth Follows Your Calendar
So there’s a saying…
“Your wealth follows your calendar”
And I don’t just mean financial wealth.
In this context wealth is referring to:
1. Your wealth of money
2. Your wealth of time
3. Your wealth of health/well-being
If you have a disorganised calendar, your wealth will reflect that.
If your calendar is filled with working IN the practice stuff, your wealth will reflect that.
If your calendar is absolutely full to capacity, your wealth will reflect that.
And at the same time, if your calendar is organised and well thought through, your wealth will definitely reflect that.
To Have The Best Year Ever, You Need The Best Plan Ever
So in order to maximise your wealth (money, time, health) it’s important to make sure that your calendar is organised properly.
And in order to do this, you’re going to need a rock solid plan.
I have a concept I’m teaching my kids at the moment (they’re 4 and 6 years old) and it’s a fairly simple concept:
Whenever they do something, they need a team AND they need a plan before they do it.
So for example they might be tidying their toys away, and I’ll ask who is in their team? And they might say their mum, or me, or each other.
Then I’ll ask what their plan is? And they might say “we’re going to put these toys away in these boxes and mum’s going to put these toys away in these boxes”.
I want them to understand the importance of having a team and plan in place before they do something.
But for most people, they’re so keen to jump straight into the doing bit, that they never sit down to properly figure out who is in their team, and what is their plan.
I remember once reading that for every 1 minute spent on planning, you’ll save 10 minutes on doing.
And this is 100% true.
Which is why if you’re going to have the best year ever, you’re going to need the best plan ever.
The Ultimate Organiser
You may have come across this concept before…
Let’s assume you have a glass jar, and you want to fill it with rocks, pebbles and sand.
The rocks represent the most important things in your life – time for yourself, family holidays etc.
The pebbles represent other things in your life that give you meaning – your business, your hobbies, your friends etc.
And the sand represents everything else – meetings, phone calls etc.
Most people fill the jar like this:
– Sand first (i.e. meetings, work related stuff etc.)
– Then pebbles (i.e. hobbies, seeing friends etc.)
– Then big rocks (i.e. time spent with family, time spent on yourself)
The result of this? Once the sand and pebbles are in, there’s not much room for the big rocks.
So how should you fill the jar?
– Big rocks first – these are the most important things in your life that will bring you the most enjoyment
– Then pebbles
– Then sand
And when you do it like this – and give it a little shake – you will find that everything fits just nicely.
How To Create The Best Plan Ever
Start by downloading an excel spreadsheet calendar of 2017 – you can find them on google quite easily.
Then start by adding in your big rocks – these are the things that will keep you motivated and happy throughout the year e.g. family holidays.
Once these are in place, add the pebbles – your business goals, your personal goals, anything else that gives you meaning.
And finally, you have space left for the sand to fit in throughout the year.
When you create a plan like this you are making sure that the most important things are in first – which will contribute in a massive way towards your success throughout the year.
So you have your vision of where you want to go, and you have a plan of exactly how you’re going to get there, but you’re still missing one key thing…
How do you get leverage so that you can start the ball rolling and see your plan and vision come to fruition?