How Goals, Calendar and Schedule Alignment Work for You
Tire alignment, also known as wheel alignment, can help your tires perform properly and help them last longer. It can also improve handling and keep your vehicle from pulling in one direction or vibrating strangely.
It’s clear that tire alignment helps you save money and time. How might alignment work for us when we are talking about productivity? When your goals, calendar and schedule are aligned, it helps you with your performance. That performance is getting tasks and projects completed with less stress and more joy. When your life is in alignment, you are feeling the bonus of work life integration. Just how do we accomplish alignment when our life seems out of kilter?
Check your goals first
Review your current calendar to align your goals and your actions. Is what’s on your current calender reflecting your annual or quarterly goals? Do you see a direct connection to what your responsibilities are each month and week? Are there times for self care and relationship building? Knowing how close you are already to alignment will be a guidepost for you.
Write out your best week
As you look over your calendar, you may be dismayed to see disjointed and disconnected dates and activities. Take a whole new look at your week with a best week calendar. Michael Hyatt refers to this as your “ideal week.” This is setting yourself up for success to know what this looks like. With a blank calendar start with filling in what are your priorities. Parallel your plans with consistent routines for similar activities. That would be exercising every morning at 6 am, working with clients starting every day at 10 am, and hosting meetings at 2 pm. See what new awareness comes from this exercise.
It’s going to take time to get your best week aligned with your current week so start small. What tweaks can you put in place? Where are there options to create alignment? What if you have no control over your goals, deadlines or tasks? Here’s where to talk to your team and seek out solutions together.
Keep aware of where alignment can occur
Changes are naturally occurring on a regular basis. A client ends, a new project starts, or a new boss comes on the scene. When you seek improved alignment, that’s when you take advantage of a shift. Look for where new possibilities are happening. Let’s say your 10 am Monday meeting shifts to 2 pm on Tuesday. Now you can place your high quality work on Monday mornings instead. Another option is to schedule shorter more frequent meetings at a lower energy time.
Is perfect alignment possible?
There is not necessarily that you are seeking perfect alignment as there are changes occuring regularly. What you are working toward is every improving alignment for yourself. There’s also random tasks, especially administrative tasks, that are part of your week. If you can batch adminstrative tasks to be more productive about these.
Remember that for tire alignment, a periodic check is required. Use your Strategic Planning to continually assess your goals, and then assess your alignment. What you will find as the most powerful benefit is that you are feeling more on top of your goals as a result.
What a great way to improve productivity. I think the idea of a week-at-a-time makes a lot of sense, and by going through this exercise, we can at least have a plan in place. As you said, things will pop up, but if we have a scaffold in place, we can more easily move things around. I do believe there is magic in scheduling your tasks into your calendar… that is what makes it happen!
I love this idea of my best week! Instead of beginning with the long list of things weighing on me, I can start by be mindful about what a successful week would look and feel like. That might NOT be a week where I check off everything on my list, but perhaps a week where I can bring closure to something that has been sitting unfinished. Or, it may be a week where I take the first step on a project I’ve been meaning to start. It will also probably include some time for exercise and relaxation and relationship. Great concept to chew on!
Thanks @Seana! Not every week is the same and we have “seasons” where we accomplish projects differently. Thanks for sharing!