27th March 2017
The pressure to see clients back to back during the day tends to result in management tasks being done in the dark of the night. I have an expression for this phenomenon: ‘midnight management’. And whilst I understand how it becomes a habit, it is, in my experience, a fast track to burn out. Completing management tasks during the day, preferably on a Monday, tends to lead to greater focus and productivity.
Monday mornings are quarantined in my diary. All tasks prior to midday are of a purely planning nature. That means no email, no social media, and no phone. I mind map new ideas and potential products, read articles, review my notebooks / voice memos / screen shots, forward plan events in my calendar, sort my social media content, check my business plan or tame my To Do List. The outcome is that I hit the week laser focused on what is critical and with a rough idea for how it will all get done. Admittedly my Monday To Do List often takes the entire week to complete, but at least it is well-thought-out… and often multi-coloured!
The block of four to five hours enables me work ON my business rather than IN it. It gives me the chance to take a step back, check the spinning plates, delegate to my virtual team and plan the big-ticket items. Solutions to things I am stuck on often arise during the morning session. Most importantly, it enables me to allocate blocks of time to the really important things I need to get done during the week. Time blocking works for me. If it is in the calendar with a name on it and a realistic time frame, it mostly gets done. Multitasking, for me at least, is overrated. start. To help you work towards installing the Management Monday routine in our own schedule I am going to host a series of web events at midday on Mondays.
This article featured in the February Edition of Paeds Biz.