Make your time more valuable: Plan vacation time first.
While this may seem to be counter productive, it is hard to stop and take spontaneous vacations. It’s important to keep a balanced schedule – we all need a break. Put this “off” time in first, it works as a great milestone to chase and also helps others around you plan for your absence. I’m sure you can relate to the super productive feeling days before a vacation, give yourself an extended productivity boost by planning in advance.
Make your time more valuable: Quarterly Benchmark and Planning
(Yes, it takes a whole day). For many people, like myself, there is a lot that happens each day. Analyzing this over 3 months takes time, and that’s only half the task. Use this day to both review, set new goals and adjust expectations for the next 90 days.
Make your time more valuable: Dedicated Admin days.
Every tasks usually has a couple parts to it. For me, that’s client side, work production and paperwork. Trying to simultaneously do these things in one day leaves more half done tasks than completed work. By adding an entire administration day each week, I feel more organized and no long fear my mountain of paperwork.
Make your time more valuable: Remaining days become growth days.
- clients have a distinct on boarding process with our sales team and I typically only get called into client meetings for strategy and planning.
- our workflow has picked up tremendously and that means more work, but also an opportunity to improve process and team collaboration.
I’d like to try it this way for all of Q1 but it may become 2 client days and 2 creative days.
Make your time more valuable: Break down goals to daily measurements
Make your time more valuable: Download the annual planning tool
You can start this right now! Here’s the link to a blank 2016 annual planning excel sheet that you just need to colour coordinate. If you would like to share your calendar, please tweet @chrismilt #AnnualPlan or leave a comment below.