Want to make your weeks a little easier? I’ve got a recommendation for you.
Several years ago, I called a friend of mine named Bill Watkins. Bill is the founder and owner of a company called The Marena Group. We’re very close friends. If he calls me, I immediately call him back, and vice versa. Anyway, the day I called him was a Tuesday.
He didn’t call me back . . .
The next morning he did call. I started busting on him for not calling me back the day before. “Well thanks a lot Bill! Really appreciate the call back yesterday!”
I was smarting off . . .
“Robert, I’m sorry. Let me tell you about what I do during my weeks.” He proceeded to explain how he structured his days.
“Every Monday is ‘leadership day.’ I usually get to work around 6:30 in the morning. I’ve got seven department heads, and I spend about an hour with each of them. We talk about what’s going on in their departments, how they’re doing on their goals, and I spend a little time working with them on their leadership skills.” I usually leave around 7:30 or so that night, so it’s a pretty long day.”
“Tuesdays, I arrive around 6:00 a.m. I go into my office and shut the door. I’ve got a list of things to do that are ordered by priority. My administrative knows that no one interrupts me on Tuesdays. I take no calls unless it’s a very upset customer or my son or daughter. All other calls go to voicemail. I work on Tuesdays until about 8:00 p.m. or so.”
“Wednesdays I get to work around 8:00 and leave around 5:00. Same on Thursdays.”
“Fridays, I get to work at 8:00 and leave at 12:00. My weekend starts at 12:01 p.m.”
So basically Bill gets 60-70% of his work completed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Then Wednesdays and Thursdays are easier days, and Fridays are a piece of cake!
So what about you? Depending on the type of job you have, you might not have the freedom to work more or less hours in a given day. But maybe you could do the hardest things during the first couple of days of the week, instead of waiting until Thursdays or Fridays.
This is called being proactive!
Personally, I can structure my days the way I want. After learning this from Bill, I began to set up my Mondays and Tuesdays as my ‘long’ days, and then make the other three days easier.
Why not? You’re refreshed on Mondays and Tuesdays because you’ve had the weekend to recuperate.
Kenny Loggins said,
“Real freedom is creative, proactive, and will take me into new territories.”
And the only way to go to new territories is to try something new. But you’ll never know unless you try. So let me suggest that you try this for the next four weeks. Let’s just see what happens.
It might make all the difference!
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