I have some questions for you:
- Do you remember the last time you went on vacation?
- Do you remember the day before you left?
- Did you make a list of all the things that needed to be completed before you could leave?
- Did you work through the list quicker than you would have during a typical day?
- Did spend time watching TV or chatting with friends during this day or did you mostly focus on what needed to be accomplished?
- Did you read emails and spend time reviewing Facebook or did you attempt to get the important things done as expeditiously as possible?
As you guessed, I asked these questions to make a point.
We can get more accomplished in less time if we make a plan, take personal responsibility for the plan and have a deadline for being done. I first learned about this “day before vacation” phenomenon over 25 years ago from Zig Ziglar. He suggests that we take what we learned from this experience and use it everyday.
Think how much more you could get done each day if you had a list of important tasks to complete before going to bed at night. How would you feel at the end of the day? Could you look at yourself in the mirror and say to yourself “I am pleased with what you accomplished today. I Love you.”?
So are you up for the challenge?
Will you treat tomorrow like it is the day before vacation?
How about doing this for the entire week?
- What is your Objective for the week?
- What are the Actions required to meet your objective?
- How much Time will be required to complete your actions. Add 20% for unforeseen challenges.
- Schedule it. If it isn’t in writing, it isn’t true.
- The night before each day, review the tasks you will perform the next day.
- Work your task list each day and complete everything on your list.
If you take on this challenge, you will be amazed at what you accomplish.
Let’s get ready for vacation!