An insight from Derek Sivers, creator of CD Baby which always seems to challenge people’s thinking around what ‘busy’ really means.
I like to think that Sivers’ notion that an individual is out of control if they claim to be ‘busy’ supports my own thinking that to be so well planned – ruthlessly so, yet remaining respectful with the people with whom you are dealing – means your calendar is full (no white bits) with all of the things you love doing, need to do and want to do. The plan thereafter is to ‘show up’ ready to go at the start of the week and then just live (and love) your week and ‘the plan.’
To achieve this healthy ruthlessness around your time you need the following approach:
- Time to think about what’s important (make that actual time in your schedule)
- A list of tight and specific actions that will help achieve those important things
- Build these items into a ‘to do’ list
- Transfer these into your calendar making specific and actual time to ensure these actions get completed (you end up with your ‘ideal week’)
- Constantly review your list and refine your calendar as sometimes ‘life’ gets in the way. Repeat until the list of things from ‘1’ above are all ticked off