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27 July 2015

#QuestionOfTheDay – Day 35 – How Much Time Should You Invest In Planning Your Week?

Jairek Robbins

Hey folks, Jairek Robbins here. Today, I want to talk about a fundamental concept that often gets lost in the hustle and bustle of life – planning your time.

It’s an old saying, but it’s true – time is the one resource we can’t replenish. Once a minute, an hour, a day is gone, it’s gone forever. So how can we make sure we’re using this invaluable asset to its maximum potential?

Well, let’s consider a proposition. What if you invested two hours every week planning your next seven days? How about dedicating one day a month to organize the coming thirty? Or what if you took a full week each year to lay out a roadmap for the upcoming 365 days? Seems like a lot of time, doesn’t it?

But here’s the rub. Without a plan, we tend to meander, and meandering is costly. It’s not just about productivity or ticking items off a to-do list. It’s about living purposefully. It’s about ensuring that the time you have aligns with the life you want to lead. It’s about not getting to the end of the week, the month, or the year, and wondering where all that time went.

If you’re already doing this, then give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back. But if you’re not, it’s time to ask yourself a critical question: why not?

I’ve heard all the excuses – “I’m too busy,” “I don’t know how,” “It’s too constraining.” But the reality is, failing to plan is planning to fail. And that’s a much higher price to pay.

So, what do you think might happen if you committed to this level of planning? I can tell you from personal experience and from observing countless successful individuals, the benefits are profound.

You gain clarity. You stop reacting to life and start steering it. You can allocate time for work, personal growth, relationships, and hobbies – all the elements that make for a well-rounded, fulfilling life.

Moreover, this intentional approach to time reduces stress. With a plan, you know what you’re doing and when you’re doing it. There are no last-minute scrambles or feelings of being overwhelmed.

Think of planning as an investment in yourself. Yes, it requires time, thought, and energy, but the dividends it pays are invaluable.

So, I challenge you today to start planning your time. Start with a week. Commit two hours to plan the next seven days. See how it works for you. Notice the difference it makes. And then, gradually extend it to your month and your year.

Don’t be surprised if you start accomplishing more, experiencing less stress, and feeling more fulfilled. That’s the magic of planning. And remember, it’s not about micromanaging every second. It’s about making conscious decisions about how you want to spend your time.

I look forward to hearing about your experiences. Let’s share and learn from each other. After all, we’re all on this journey together.

To a life well-lived,

Jairek Robbins

fail to plan is planning to fail

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