“One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” – Tony Robbins
A few years ago, one of my online mentors—NY Times best-selling author, blogger and podcaster Michael Hyatt—shared an item on his blog that really helped me envision what a focused schedule truly looks like.
In his blog post, Michael explained how he took an Excel spreadsheet and began creating what he called his “Ideal Week”. Each day of that weekly calendar was given a specific theme, which Michael then used to block out the time necessary to achieve his personal and professional goals. Take a look and read more about Michael’s Ideal Week process here.
Creating My Ideal Week
I have recently decided to revisit Michael’s advice of going through my own Ideal Week creation process. This process alone has forced me to become more purposeful in thinking through what I should be doing ideally each day. I personally believe that this type of concentration ultimately leads to greater achievement.
Schedule Your Own Ideal Week
Whether you use Microsoft Outlook or Google Calendar or any other calendaring system, I want to encourage you as well to begin creating your own version of an Ideal Week.
Fill up your weekly time blocks with whatever content you’d like.
Remember, the goal for you is to simply begin taking a look at how you’re spending your time each week. As you do, I believe that you’ll become a better steward as you take control of your time each week.
Once you create your Ideal Week and begin to walk it out, you’ll likely discover that your execution of it each week isn’t a perfect science.
Just make the necessary adjustments along the way and get back to it.
So download Michael Hyatt’s Ideal Week template and give this a try.
As you do, be sure to keep me informed on how things are going for you along the way.
Today’s question: Do you believe that creating an Ideal Week could help you become more focused throughout your week? Let me know your thoughts either way by leaving a comment below.