Scale Up Your Business Podcast
How To Plan Your Week For Success
One of the questions Nick receives most often is “How to do you plan your week?”. As a person who gets a lot done, how does Nick keep everything in order, prioritise the tasks ahead, and see to it that each week is as productive as the last?
In this episode, Nick shares the system he uses in order to reach his personal and professional goals each week.
Nick uses a journal so that he can release all his thoughts into a tangible form. Once they’re out, you can begin to arrange and prioritise them. Evernote is a very useful note-taking app that extends across many platforms and syncs perfectly. Set time aside before Monday, so that you can shape your week.
Not only should you plan the tasks you have coming up, but also the people you’d like to spend time with. Family? Friends? Mentors? Whoever it is, make sure you plan time for each of them in your week ahead.
Personal development time should be planned in advance. This may be physical exercise, or mental stimulation, but setting aside time for development is essential. By combining two forms (audiobooks while exercising) you can get even more done.
Scheduling - Some people use a calendar for this, which is fine. Nick uses Google Calendar, which is very helpful when it comes to reminders. Schedule your high priority items first.
Leave space in your calendar for surprises. Life is full of them, and believe it or not, you have to plan for the unplanned things, too!
Resourcing - There’s no sense in scheduling things for yourself and then turning up unprepared. If you have something big coming up, set time aside for preparation.
Look at yourself a week in advance and “reverse engineer” your week ahead, by visualising how you want it to go. Try to see how it feels having achieved your goals before you achieve them.
Celebrate what you’ve achieved. You need to tick the box, yes, but make sure you reflect on the things you’ve done well. Reward yourself!
‘It’s about starting with the result, and then thinking about the “why”'
‘If you’re not taking control of your agenda, it gives other people permission to do it for you’
’Structure equals freedom’
‘What is it that I want to experience this week?’
‘If a jar represents your time, then you need the big rocks in there first'
‘Work on the one thing you can improve first, which is you'
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ABOUT THE HOST
My name is Nick Bradley. I’m an entrepreneur, author, speaker and investor.
My background is in growing and scaling VC and Private Equity backed businesses.
Having successfully built, bought and sold a number of companies, and removed myself from day-to-day operations, my focus now is on helping entrepreneurs get to where they want to be, in business and in life. As well as investing in growth businesses and backing turnarounds - with the ultimate aim of creating value from significant capital events.
I’m passionate about personal and professional development - showing up and being the best version of myself ... every day.
My bigger vision is to help bring entrepreneurial skills, experience and mindset to people in developing nations - so they can follow their dreams, live life more on their terms - utilising entrepreneurship as a global force for good.