Sundays are a day of rest.
But they’re also a day for planning.
The coming week is a war. Sunday is your preparation day.
you’ll need battle plans, armor, and really big guns.
Oh, and in case you didn’t know it, your plan probably won’t go as planned–they never do.
But, like any good army general, any plan is better than no plan, and a plan B is better than no plan B.
How do you prepare for the battle to come? Here are a few ideas.
Sundays Are For Planning
When planning for the coming week, the first thing you want to know is your objective. What would make the coming week successful even if everything you planned fell flat on its face?
Once you know your objective, write it down.
For example, my objective for the coming week is 100 warm emails to prospects. That is my battle objective. Even if some of these emails are less than ideal, my goal of 100 stands. If I don’t reach it, I lose the battle.
Now that I know my objective for the week and have written it down, I can reverse engineer it. You do this by breaking your weekly objective down into smaller, more manageable parts. Winning the war is the sum result of all the smaller battles; your weekly objective is no different.
So, for me, reaching 100 weekly emails means 25 emails a day over the course of five days. Will I reach 25 each day? Maybe, maybe not. But it makes reaching my objective more logistically attainable. 25 emails a day is doable, but is shooting for that enough? No. I must have procedures in place to make sure this is carried out. Like an army marching in step, I too must have systems in place. There needs to be a system of command in place. These are your habits.
Putting The Pieces Together
I found the tweet from James Clear above and it really resonated with me. Habits aren’t short-term things; they are lifelong endeavors. And, in the case of entrepreneurship or war, the chain of command we put in place either keeps us afloat or kills us.
The formation of good habits takes repetition and discipline. Day by day, find or create the systems that support the actions you need to take in reaching your weekly objective. One of the easiest things you can do to create good work habits is to form some system of time management.
Don’t know where to start with “time management?” Here are six methods you can implement right now.
Manage your hours and run the day, or the day will end up running you.
Putting Together Your Battle Plan
When writing out your plan for the coming week, ask yourself the following questions:
- What’s the one vital objective I must reach by the end of the week?
- How can I create micro-tasks that make reaching this objective more manageable?
- What systems of accountability and habits must I create in order to make sure that the daily tasks are carried through?
- How will I handle adversity? What’s my plan B?
As much as you’d like to think your week will go off without a hitch, most of the time this isn’t the case. Question 4 is important. How will you handle setbacks?
Write these questions down along with their answers in your planner. Look it over before going to bed and bring it back out when waking.
Sunday’s are for planning. By asking the right questions and writing down the answers, you’ll be armed to the teeth.
Watch out Monday, we’re coming for you.