Or the feeling you get when it dawns on you at 6pm that you haven’t done that one important thing that you know will move your business forward.
If this happens to you often, then its time to consider forming a new habit - the habit of daily preparation.
1. Start Tomorrow, Today
It’s a catchy slogan, but there is also a tonne of substance in what i just said.
Starting tomorrow, today, means ending your day with a plan for tomorrow.
Now you don’t need to form a big focus group or steering committee to make this change to your working life.
All I want you to do is focus on tomorrow for the last part of your day. It only needs to take 5-10 minutes. Take your mind away from the events of today and look to tomorrow.
When you get in tomorrow, what do you want to achieve by the end of the day?
Now just write those things down. Just a few lines or bullet points at the end of each day will help keep you on the path to success tomorrow.
2. Consistency and simplicity - perfect bedfellows
The key to making this work for you so that you do it day in day out, is remembering how calm you feel when your work just flows. The way to get that feeling every day, and make success a habit, is preparation.
Keep doing your daily plan for tomorrow every day, and you’ll be amazed at how far your business will grow and change within just 12 months.
3. Tailor your focus
The specifics of what you put down in your plan is up to you. Every business is different. Try keeping some key time management principles in mind:
· When it comes to those urgent and important tasks - just get them done in good time. The buzz you get from building up your lead and staying ahead of the curve will drive you on further and faster.
· High value tasks always need to be at the front of your mind. We all get into business to add value and generate revenue. Keep yourself focused on value.
· Stay on the right path. The bigger your business grows, the easier it is to end up micromanaging. Ditch the dead end activities, and delegate, delegate, delegate.
If your daily plan follows these principles, your business productivity will skyrocket.
If you feel that you’ve already got these habits in place for yourself, yet struggle to get your team to meet the objectives you’ve set for them consider coming along to our next Making Your Business Work for You workshop on 28th March in central London.