Firstly, and crucially, your ideal day starts the night before:
- Tidy up all your notes from the day (move action points, set an action date, and attach the information needed).
- Select 5 actions for the next day that, if you achieved, would be a good day – everything else on your list is at your MUST AVOID DOING at all costs list… a Warren Buffett strategy.
- Select the most important task and put that in your Next Action list as the only task – a good way to get your subconscious mind to start working on it whilst you sleep.
In the morning:
- Do gentle stretches and movements to wake up.
- Prepare a herbal tea or hot water with lemon – great for your system.
- Get your notebook and write the following:
- One thing you’re grateful for.
- Your one focus for today (the one to do from your Next Action list).
- One sentence on the type of person you want to be (e.g. “I’m someone who gets things done and easily wins new clients as people like working with me”).
- The choice to either intermittent fast, have a juice (nutribullet), bullet proof coffee or breakfast (e.g. smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and avocado).
- If not having breakfast, take two Cilteps – those help you focus like nothing else. You can add to your stack with smart caffeine and dopamine for a turbo boost. Krill oil and Curcumin are also great for all-round optimisation.
- DO NOT HAVE ANY CONNECTION until c. 11:00 and focus on your one thing/ key focus task – aim to complete it before moving to #10 below.
- Your emails are blocked until 11:00 (use Batched inbox), and now you can delve into emails for a bit, don’t get sucked into them too long, just check key actions (using the Email Game is a great way to gamify responding quickly to things). Any emails needing long focus can become a task on your to-do list, and choose when to focus on it.
- 11:30 to 12:00 is a great time to catch up through scrum calls with your key reports/ colleagues. Either do a focused group call with agenda (what was done yesterday, what doing today, any blockers) or do focused 1:1 calls.
In the afternoon:
- Use the next hour to knock off some other tasks and grab some food (e.g. big fat salad – eat consciously).
- From 13:00, hit the gym, and if you want to maximise time, either listen to podcasts like Tim Ferris or Optimal Performance Podcast or use Instapaper to listen to articles you saved (slightly robotic voice reading but listen at 1.5x speed to crunch through articles/ info).
- You’ve set aside 2hrs for calls with clients/ partners/ interviews/ etc., getting people to book through your Calendly link to save time on arranging (20 mins call with 10 mins notes and preparation for the next call). You can use Skype, WhatsApp, Slack or conference call like UberConference to make those.
- Come 16:00, write and prioritise action points from the calls and go through some additional tasks on your list.
- Clock off at 18:00 and do something else – for me, it’s kids’ bedtime to have at least 1 hr of quality time with them (on top of quality time in the morning).
In the evening:
- You have one life, so make sure you enjoy it. Using this strategy, you’ll have achieved a lot more and will not feel guilty about having fun. The key is to not drink too much or stay out too late, impacting your next day.
- At the end of your day – make sure you do points #1-3 again from this list, so you’re set for tomorrow…
WELCOME TO YOUR MOST PRODUCTIVE DAY EVER! Entrepreneur success!
A small note on choosing where to work:
I personally do not believe in offices – especially open-plan ones. They were created by some evil talkative boss who never had to focus on anything!
Yes, we have them for some of our team, but everyone has the opportunity to be VERY location-independent. Being at a desk from 09:00 to 17:00 does not make you productive or equate to entrepreneurial success.
However, choosing what environment you work in for specific tasks is a great way to unlock productivity.
This means if you need to read some information, for example, go and sit in a quiet coffee shop or library.
If you need to write a presentation, wait until you’re on a 1 hr train ride for that focus and definite deadline.
Making calls in the garden? Why not, you can walk around and be in nature (barefooted ideally to connect with the world…)
What did your most productive day look like? What strategies do you have to get in the zone when needed?