I started my morning by listening to a, for me, new podcast; Framgångspodden (“Success pod”). I’ve heard about it but never got around to listening. There’s like a billion episodes and I had no idea where to start. I randomly picked an episode I found interesting. The setup is simple. The host, Alexander Pärleros invites inspiring people to his studio and interviews them about their success. The guests are anyone from big CEO’s, cancer survivors, politicians, authors, athletes, etc. As you can imagine, there’s like a billion episodes with a lot of interesting people. I randomly picked one I thought sounded interesting and started to listen. Wow, I was not disappointed.
In this episode (no. 82) Anton Granlund was the guest. He’s an entrepreneur and the co-founder of Global Retail that brought G-Star to Sweden. I’m not gonna go into to detail about what he said, just listen to it if you need some inspiration. However, what I really liked was his advice. Just like me, he was interested in goal setting and how to motivate people. I’ve heard A lot of his ideas before, but there was one new thing I learned that I would like to share; How to schedule your days.
Green = Done, Yellow = Started, Red = Not done
As you’ve seen, I’m pretty good at scheduling my time. Anton, on the other hand, took it to a whole new level. He makes a daily plan hour by hour. At first I thought that’s crazy and way too boring. Who wants to live their life like that? Where’s the spontaneity? Then I thought about it some more and I decided to give it a try.
I don’t believe you have to fill every single box all the time. Leave a few empty hours every week for unplanned events. For example, let’s say you have planned to work with HR all morning, but something unforeseen happens and you have to postpone. That’s not the end of the world if you have some time leftover. Or if your lunch meeting cancels, or you get invited to a party at last minute.
Personally, I have such a love/hate relationship to this kind of organizing. I love routines in one sense, but if my days always looks the same I get extremely bored and restless. I also know that if you have a goal you need to stay organized and work hard to reach it. This type of planning could really be of help for that. Another example; You have decided to start exercising. Schedule it, where, when, and with who, and you’re way more likely to actually get it done compared to if you just decide to workout “sometimes next week”.
Also, don’t forget to schedule some nice relaxing time, a date with your partner, friend, and family.
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