Give yourself the personal strategic planning meeting you deserve!
Where is the time to think about “me”? Here is my schedule for a typical day last week:
4:45 Wake up….walk in circles and Work on social media plan
6:15 Make sure my daughter is awake and feed the dogs (that takes time)
7:00 Get ready to leave for work
7:45 Drive my son to school
8:00 Drive to the office
8:45 Daily responsibilities to run company
5:30 Leave for home
6:00 Check in with family – spin on bike
7:15 Family dinner (whenever possible)
8:00 Debrief, chill, do work online
9:00 Eyes begin to roll to the back of my head…
10:00 Fall asleep (30 seconds after I put my head on my pillow)….
Go ahead and move the times a bit. Substitute “this” for “that”. Regardless of what you do with your personal schedule on a particular day, I can guarantee one thing:
Your mornings, afternoons and evenings are full!
Everyone wants more time in the day. However, what would you do with that time if you had it? Would you sleep? Would you read? Would you spend more time with your family? Would you work out more? Would you make more plans with friends?
How many of you said….”I would spend more time thinking about me”?
Actually, how much time to you spend in a year thinking about yourself, planning, assessing, analyzing and setting a course towards your goals?
If you are anything like me, the answer is disturbing. I squeeze these thoughts in between the craziness of my life, my day and while I am awake. Frankly, if I were able to have a personal strategic planning meeting with myself while I was sleeping, that would be a great time-slot to work with. But I am not talking about science fiction here. I am talking about reality.
I heard a speaker present about developing a personal strategic plan as the outcome of a real process. We can execute any “process” if we buy into it. I have not done this yet. However, I have been told that it is profound. Here is my proposal:
You need two nights (three days)
You need to leave your home and go to a hotel, cabin or resort
You need to be prepared to “disconnect” for 48 hours.
You need complete buy-in from your family to do this before you leave.
When you arrive, your goal is to conduct a strategic planning meeting with yourself.
Give yourself the same treatment and attention that you give your businesses.
Analyze your past, your present and your future.
Write or type your findings and thoughts on each issue so you can refer to it throughout the year and as part of future personal strategic planning sessions.
Personal Strategic Plan Suggested Agenda Items:
Motivation and Growth
Begin the exercise with a “blank wall or canvas”. By the end of your meeting with yourself, you need to have a complete assessment of where you have been, where you are today as well as your plan to get you where you want to go during the year.
I just got the “green light” from my family that I will do this in the next 11 months. What are the chances that you will do this too?