Tell your time where to go instead of wondering where it went.

That’s something I’ve been sharing for years.

But..what does it mean?

It means to gift yourself by planning your days.

Some call this time boxing or time blocking.

Put another way, you don’t “wing it.”

But you don’t start with the planning. That’s the third step in my 3-step formula.

Step 1: Your Why

Everyone has a why. If you don’t know what you’re why is, that’s okay. I didn’t figure mine out until a few years ago (I’m 58).

I love the way Kathy Lee Gifford puts it, “If you have a pulse, you have a purpose.”

I’m assuming you have a pulse if you’re reading this. πŸ˜‰

If you don’t have a why (or aren’t sure), what should you do?

Don’t worry about it. Instead, just live your life. Your why will appear when you’re ready.

And certainly don’t copy anyone else’s why.

Once you have your why (or even you don’t yet)…

Step 2: Goals

There is no shortage of information about goals on the web.

While writing this, I searched “how to set goals” and got “about 2,530,000,000 results.”

That’s a lot of information.

Please πŸ™πŸ» don’t overthink this.

Important: goals can be created at any time of the year. January 1st is just a date on the calendar. So, if you don’t have any goals as you read these words, create some.

Here are some things to consider when creating your goals:

  • What do you love to do? I didn’t ask, What could you make money doing?
  • What do you know a lot about? What do your friends always ask you about?
  • What do you not like to do?
  • What activities can you do that will pull you towards fulfilling your why? Do your best here if you aren’t clear about your why.

Step 3: Planning

Clients come to me and want help in planning their time. They’re confused why (pardon the pun) we start with their why and then move on to their goals.

My formula is simple: Your Why + Goals + Planning.

How can you create powerful goals if you aren’t clear about your why?

What do you put on your calendar if you don’t have goals?

Are you seeing how this all comes together?

What you plan (time box) are activities that will pull you towards your goals so you can serve your why.

Let me share my own 3-step formula with you to bring you clarity.

Step 1: My why

To empower 100 million executives to eliminate distractions, prioritize tasks, and gain daily clarity so they can live The Productive Life.

Step 2: Goals

  • To build my email newsletter list
  • To be a guest on other podcasts at least twice a month
  • I create content for my ideal client. This includes The Mister Productivity Podcast, this newsletter, and social media.
  • To write for an hour five days a week
  • To have 1:1 calls with people every week to get to know them while offering value

Step 3: Planning

I plan my tomorrow at the end of every day (which for me is 4 pm).

I often have events on my calendar, but I “fill in the gaps” that incorporate activities from my Goals.

Thus, every time slot between 8am and 4pm is filled.

Now, it’s not all work.

I schedule time for lunch, reading, and (this may surprise you) watching football ⚽️ (the only sport I watch; go Man City!). There’s nothing wrong with doing this as soon as it is planned. The matches during the week are on at 2 p.m. here in Houston (I watch England’s Premier League).