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What are your Rocks?


Today in less than 5 minutes we are going to cover:

Scheduling your big tasks. Jon Sholter

What are your rocks?

The term scheduling your big rocks comes from a popular time management teaching. Basically meaning, schedule your most important things first. If you want to achieve the career, business or life you long for, you need to focus on what is most important.

Here's a little YouTube video that might help with the thought:​

Great perspective right?

So in the spirit of simplifying this concept as much as one can, what’s something you can do immediately?

In your weekly planning (which is preferably the start of the week or the last day of your week for the week ahead), list your top three most important tasks/projects/initiatives you want to accomplish or progress toward next week.

To start out, these items can be what are top of mind. However, you will eventually want to develop structure around where these items are moving you towards IE are they progressing you towards a personal or professional goal you have set? Are they getting you closer to fulfilling your desired life?

Once you write concentrate on these tasks and write them down, it’s time to make the magic happen and schedule these important items (your big rocks) on your calendar.

Why is scheduling so important?

  1. It combats stress. Once you set aside time for doing something, your brain knows it is handled. It no longer needs to waste time thinking about it.

  2. It is more likely to get done. If you schedule it, you are more likely to do it. Taking this a step further, if you write it down as the priority of the day/week, you are even more likely.

  3. It brings structure to your life, structure makes life easier. Even for those who say they hate structure :)

To take this further, on top of your weekly important items try doing this everyday. Meaning, choose three important tasks you are going to accomplish every day (set this time aside at the start of your workday or at the end of the previous). Reminder, we are talking about Important tasks, not unimportant or urgent tasks. Showing up for a mundane meeting should not go on your list, but setting time aside to deep dive an initiative should.

Remember, these do not all need to be professional, there's a lot more to life than work. Scheduling a time to call a family member or going on that date with your partner are definitely important, in fact, even more so.

So why not make the commitment and give it a try.

Then try again.

Asides: Ideas inspired in this writing by a daily planner company called Full Focus (daily/weekly big three) and Stephen Covey’s time management work. #HotelManagement #Hotels #HospitalityManagement

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