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Planning and URGENT vs. Important

Month four | Week three

“I have two kinds of problems, the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important and the important are never urgent.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower

Most people work way more than they would like. Whether it’s career or health… it seems like the weirdest thing that people actively make things difficult. It makes more sense when you take into consideration that society is conditioned to believe that more work is the only way to achieve more. Combine that with the people who are unhappy with their work/life balance who cling to their pride to replace the happiness they are missing out on by living the life society expects of them instead of what they really want to be doing…

However this isn’t about them. This is about you, and about us.

Write it down on real paper with a real pencil and watch shit get real” —Erykah Badu

This week we are going to talk about the second half of the weekly journaling that is going to allow us a more meaningful, happy, and successful life. Building off of what we have done so far over the last 2 weeks, we are going to use the review sessions to fuel our planning of the “perfect week”.

Similar to month 1 where we started defining 1 thing that would make the day successful, we are going to expand that to a bigger scale and define what a truly successful week would look like. Then, we’re going to watch it happen.

***Spoiler alert, this will lead to huge confidence and a deep feeling of control about your life.***

Feeling control over your life is very closely linked to happiness and significant research has been done to show how it affects stress. Of all the benefits of a weekly planning session, perhaps the biggest benefit is this.

Feeling control over your life and realizing that you can make your life what you want it to be. Realizing how powerful you are. This creates a positive feedback loop with the daily and evening routines.

You start to realize how much of a difference you can make based on where you put your attention.

If you choose to focus on happiness for yourself and others, it strangely materializes (though not always how you’d expect).

If you choose to focus on criticism and negativity, somehow you draw more negative people towards you, and your happiness declines.

This week, use the “to do list” you started last week to help you, and plan out the most important outcome you want this week using the template I shared in the video.

Turn that outcome into actions and create a list of everything you want to actually do this week (the important) then schedule it on specific days and if you like, at specific times. Keep this session to 30 minutes or less. That means combined, the weekly planning + review is taking an hour or less.

Feel free to spend far less then an hour if you need to – what’s most important is progress! The more often you do it, the more you will feel the benefits, and the easier it will be to set aside the time because you’ll look forward to it on an emotional, instinctive level.

 

Assignment: Daily routines (same as last week) + weekly planning session

Daily routines for this week:

Evening (5-15 min)

– 3 wins from the day and why they’re important to you

– The time you will wake up tomorrow

– The ONE thing you will do first thing after your journal, the most difficult/important task (eat the frog!)

– 1 challenge you faced or thing that didn’t go your way

Morning

– 5-15 minutes of future self journaling (Write about the goals you want to achieve as if they’re already achieved – what skills/relationships do you need to make these happen, how does it feel to have accomplished them?)

– Do the most important thing/activity you wrote down yesterday (eat the frog)

NEW Ongoing – when new tasks come up during the week defer them to a to do list. Write them down instead of doing them immediately!