Posts Tagged ‘Strategic Planning’

The brilliant BHAG

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Goals are important. That’s not news to anyone. But every goal in your professional life should have another goal hiding in quiet parentheses behind it – the Big Hairy Audacious Goal, or BHAG.

Hit the http://www.thankgoditsmonday.com/blog/wp-admin/post.php?post=3635&action=editgoal set by the boss and everything’s fine. But don’t watch for fireworks and champagne corks after you hit the goal. Instead, if you make a habit of hitting those BHAGs, it’s a massive and ongoing opportunity to be noticed.

If your goal is 20 closed deals in a given period, hear that as 25 or 30. Don’t even THINK about the number 20. Consider the BHAG your actual goal and move heaven and Earth to get there.

The BHAG gets you out of the habit of thinking too small. It changes your own sense of urgency and possibility. So hit the real goal, by all means. But always put a BHAG in its shadow, ready to break free. Then create an ironclad plan to make that happen.
Your work and your life will never be the same.

Build structures for time optimization

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Your brain is a wonderful thing, but it isn’t perfect. Sometimes it needs a little help. And one of the best ways to help your brain to be its best is by building structures to optimize your time.

If you are not using a checklist for your job, you ARE going to miss things. There’s simply no way your brain can keep track of everything efficiently without that simple external structure. Whether it’s an app on your phone or a pad of paper on your desk, it’s an absolute business essential. And study after study has found that pretty much every job above French fry cook benefits from the introduction of stepwise accountability measures.

Break down each item on the list into steps, and force yourself to report in to the steps along the way. While you’re breaking it down into smaller bits, be sure to spend time on the big picture as well. Build times into your calendar to work toward key results, or they won’t happen.

Finally, don’t forget to prioritize. A list of thirty undifferentiated items will do nothing but stress you out. Create a simple—always simple—system of dots, flags, letters, or whatever you want to designate high, middle, and low-priority items.

Now here’s the counter-intuitive part: When you lay the items into your daily schedule, don’t put all of the biggest things first. If you have four big projects and you put them all at the beginning of the day, and #2 takes longer than you think, and smaller tasks creep in, and you get interrupted a dozen times—in other words, if a completely normal day happens—you are likely to run out of time AND FOCUS for #4. Instead, lay small, lower-priority tasks between the big ones as buffers. If one big project runs over its allotted time, these smaller cushions can be jettisoned until tomorrow or the next day.

Whether it’s the small picture or the big picture, don’t cross your fingers and hope. Build the structures that optimize your time and ensure that things happen.

Time Management

Monday, October 17th, 2011

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Thank God it’s Monday!® Time management—no matter what line of work you’re in you know it’s one of the keys to success. Of course the people who need it the most are usually the least likely to do it because they don’t have… time! You’ve got to make the time.

Clear an hour on your calendar now. Create a list of every major project for the next quarter. Break each project into steps, then lay those steps into a weekly calendar—a series for each week. As each week approaches, break it out further into daily action plans.

Suppose I had to write a workbook for a conference. Finish the workbook by October first is kind of a weak goal. Instead, if I break it down into specific steps, like, the section outlines will be done in the first week and I will finish one section each week for the next six weeks. Finally, I’ll prepare the appendix and edit the manuscript in the last week. Now, that workbook will actually get done on time.

Do the same with every other project. Lay out the steps into your weekly plans and watch your personal productivity go through the roof.

Have a great Monday!

Roxanne

Roxanne Emmerich’s Thank God It’s Monday!® How to Create a Workplace You and Your Customers Love climbed to #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list and made the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists—all in the first week of its release. Roxanne is renowned for her ability to transform “ho-hum” workplaces into dynamic, results-oriented, “bring-it-on” cultures. If you are not currently receiving the Thank God It’s Monday!® e-zine and weekly audios, subscribe today at www.ThankGoditsMonday.com.

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Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan

Monday, June 20th, 2011

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Thank God it’s Monday!™ Your schedule quickly gets out of hand. And with the inevitable change of plans and complexity of the day, a minute-by-minute schedule is hardly useful.

Here’s a useful idea; plan your next day before leaving the office. Now you have a definitive plan, and you eliminate the need to lie in bed at night running over your various to-dos causing for restless sleep.

You can make plans to accommodate work that you find unmanageable. You can structure your time such that you can work diligently. And through this preparation, your productivity will skyrocket.

Have a great Monday!

Roxanne

Roxanne Emmerich’s Thank God It’s Monday! How to Create a Workplace You and Your Customers Love climbed to #1 on Amazon’s bestseller list and made the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists—all in the first week of its release. Roxanne is renowned for her ability to transform “ho-hum” workplaces into dynamic, results-oriented, “bring-it-on” cultures. If you are not currently receiving the Thank God It’s Monday e-zine and weekly audios, subscribe today at www.ThankGoditsMonday.com.

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TGIM e-zine: November 8, 2010

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Issue 103 ~ November 8, 2010

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