Creating a day of discipline will enable you to be more a more effective leader, owner, pastor, writer, etc. Let me explain.
Today (Thursday, but for you, it could be any other day) is a day that I specifically set aside not to run. Instead, I begin my day with 30 minutes of deep stretching to ease out the tension and soreness from the week’s training. This gives my metabolism a jump start without putting anymore pressure and tension on my body than necessary.
I also know that there are 3 reports that I have to write today. Other people depend on them. They can’t accomplish their tasks and responsibilities without them. Technically, they aren’t needed today and could possibly be turned in on Friday. But by setting aside today each week to do them, I’m then motivated earlier in the week to finish the writing and work that informs those reports. My folks expect these emails on Thursday, and that expectation enables them to schedule their work regularly.
Thursday mornings are also days that I plan meetings. Whenever folks want to get together, I automatically know that Thursdays are an option. But I always plan those in the morning, so that my afternoon is free to finish my 3 reports. I also make a point to go to bed earlier on Thursday because I typically schedule my long run early on Friday morning.
Do my weeks always reflect this schedule? Of course not. However, with this template in mind, I accomplish a lot of goals and walk through a structured week.
How can you structure your week? Are there specific tasks that you can set aside for a particular day? Is there one day that you have more control of than others? Try creating a disciplined day for just one month and see how it goes. You may fall in love with the idea and become much more efficient that you could ever imagine.
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If you want other ideas for time management, check out the book “Streamlining” as well as the planner that helps put the “Streamlining” principles in place.
Gordon Duncan is an award-winning educator, salesman, teacher, manager, and writer. He has taught in the public school system, lobbied for school's accreditation, managed eye clinics, led sales' teams, and also publishes books on theology, church, and culture.