What is the first thing you do in the morning? What is the first thing you do when you arrive at work? What is the first thing you do when you arrive at a meeting? What is the first thing you do when you get him in the evening? The answers to each of these questions will determine how happy you are with the rest of your day.
We all know that in order to start a business, a project or an initiative, having a strategic plan is essential. We would consider someone crazy that started a company without one. You would be angry if you sat in a meeting and the leader said “well, we’ve got no agenda, so what should we talk about?” Starting anything worthwhile, requires a strategic plan. In fact the value you place on something can be measured in relationship to the quality of the strategy you place behind it.
How much do we value each day? We all say things like, “there is never enough time.” If we truly want to value each day, shouldn’t we have a strategic plan for the day? A couple years ago, I began developing a strategic plan for each day. The first thing I do when I arrive at work, is sit down and develop my plan. Each micro strategy session takes about 10-15 minutes and has become a part of my daily routine. In fact, I get far more accomplished in a given day, by engaging in this simple 3 step micro strategy session. Here is what I do:
- Review my big priorities for the week and month
- List all the tasks that need to get done for that day in order to accomplish my big priorities
- Plan when in the day I will get each task done and predict the amount of time required
This simple micro strategy session each day has increased my productivity and helped ensure that every day is used to its full capacity. Each day we are given is too precious to leave to chance. Don’t start your day with a trip to the coffee room, or conversations about last nights sporting events. Don’t begin with random task completion. Start your day with a micro strategy session and you will definitely be One Grip Higher.