Classic Bryn. Always trying to do everything all at once. Cram as much into a day as possible. Bite off more that I can chew and take it on anyway.
When I was a child, I hated to go to bed- not because I feared I would miss something but because I feared that everything I wanted to do would never get done if I slept. Interesting. That philosophy is an underlying belief that continues to show up each day of my adult life. I struggle with letting myself get the sleep I need.
One thing I believe is that every character defect of mine has served a purpose. Otherwise, why would I have clung to it as if my life depended on it at times?
This ability to push myself has catapulted me to great success fully embracing the things I love with the people I love. However, it has also left me exhausted more often than not. My saving grace? My calendar. The thrill I get from plotting out a process, an idea, a goal, my day, my week, my month or my year. It is all about the calendar. And in 2011, I strive to find the balance I need with my calendar as my guide.
THIS intention is the inspiration for my upcoming 5-part series on Planning with your Calendar! Funny, like so many of you, we teach what we have needed to master ourselves. And of course this calendar conversation is one I have with my clients and my friends OVER and OVER again. “I think in calendars” is a phrase I use often because in order to make sense of a new launch, an upcoming opportunity or a new aspect to my business or life, I need to create a calendar to see how the tasks are interdependent on other events happening.
And it does not need to be complicated. In fact, it is intended to make things simpler for all of us!
Therefore, over the next 5 weeks, I will offer my thoughts, wisdom and planning tips on the following areas of your calendar:
- Client Time
To add a little fun, watch for a FR*EE teleseminar series on this exact topic for those of you who want to dive in for more detail, who learn better with an audio component or who just enjoy hearing the million of examples that I have floating in my head about clients and colleagues who have calendared effectively (or not so effectively). Details will be available in the next few weeks…. for now, just read and enjoy!
Until then, start thinking about how you currently use your calendar. What categories do you prioritize on your calendar? Where do you feel like you simply lose time? These will become critical pieces of information as we move forward.