Think Time: A Strategy for Getting Things Done

If you want your business to grow you need to take time to think.

Give yourself an hour or more every single week to review and update your plans and goals.

Too often, consultants and business owners get caught up in the daily grind.

They take action…but the big question is…is it the right kind of action?

When I interviewed David Allen, the master of productivity and author of the bestseller Getting Things Done, one of the most powerful ideas he shared was the idea of taking time to think.

Here’s how it works:

  • Set aside an hour each week.
  • Make it at the same time each and every week.
  • During that time, shut off your phone and don’t check your email.
  • Go to a quiet space where you won’t be distracted.
  • Bring your lists of everything you accomplished this week and what your next plans are.
  • Now, go over everything on your list and think about what’s going on in your business.
  • Look at the successes you’ve had and the challenges too.
  • You want to make sure that you’re still staying on course.
  • Your goal is to ensure you’re focusing your efforts where they are most needed and where you’ll get the biggest ROI.
  • When you do this take the big picture into account. Don’t spend this time ‘getting stuck’ and worry about every small detail of what’s going on.
  • Next, update your lists. Reorganize and clean them.
  • Your new priorities will have boiled up to the top.
  • The weight of feeling overwhelmed will be gone.

Not only is this exercise healthy for your brain and business….it’s during this time that new ideas will come to you.

What’s more, as you continue to do this you will find that you’ll become more confident in your plans, strategies and business overall.

Action: Give yourself an hour or more every single week to review and update your plans and goals.

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  • Josh Hasak

    This is good. I have also implemented daily, monthly, and quarterly planning sessions (daily are 15-30 min sessions, monthly are 3 hour sessions, and quarterly are whole days). For more on this, check out http://www.sunzergroup.com/2012/09/strategic-planning/ . When you take time to plan, you can take confidence in your actions during the week instead of re-evaluating everything as you go.

    There’s a difference between being busy and being productive!

    John Maxwell said, “Every minute spend planning saves 10 in execution.”

    • http://www.consulting-business.com Michael Zipursky

      Josh – great points and thanks for sharing that resource from Sunzer.

  • http://www.consulting-business.com Michael Zipursky

    Thanks for the comment.

  • http://twitter.com/VanessaAugustus Vanessa Augutus

    Very useful advise. I am always review plans. However I can see the benefit in setting aside regular weekly reviews. Your post has motivated me to think about when would be a realistic time for me to commit to. Thanks.

    • http://www.consulting-business.com Michael Zipursky

      Vanessa – thanks for the kind words. Happy to hear that!

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