"Great leaders take time away regularly to think and strategize." I wrote down that quote by Glenn Smith a few years before I hired him as my Executive Coach. That statement really convicted me because I never did that. I rarely gave my mind space to breath because I was always trying to maximize every minute of the day. If I was in my truck, I was listening to the radio. If I was waiting for an appointment, I was checking emails on my phone. When I got home from work, I was doing something with my family. It is not wonder that some of my best ideas came when I was taking a shower. I gave my mind some space to think without distractions.
I now schedule a 3-hour appointment on my calendar each week for strategic thinking, and I protect that time on my calendar just like I would if it were a client meeting. Brian Moran, in his book The Twelve Week Year, calls this a "Strategic Block". I try to schedule my Strategic Block in a location outside the office or at least in a quiet conference room where nobody will distract me. I put my phone on silent and I don't look at emails. I use this time to work ON my business instead of IN my business. I'm already seeing some great results, and I look forward to my Strategic Block each week.
I create an agenda for my Strategic Block, and I work through each item on my list. I have found that I am using many of the same agenda items each week.
Do you regularly take time away to think and strategize? If not, consider trying it for a few weeks and see if it makes a difference in your business and personal life. If you want a list of sample agenda items to use during your own Strategic Block, email me and I will send you my list.
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