A successful business owner does 2 things:
- he works in the business, and
- he works on the business
Showing up daily, satisfying customers, managing employees, marketing, and doing the actual work are all working in the business. This helps put food in the table, this day, and maybe even this full year. This is the “urgent, less-important” quarant.
But working on the business means devising a business plan for the next 1, 5 or even 10 years and preparing now for the upcoming changes. This keeps the business alive for the foreseeable future. It’s the “urgent and important” quadrant.
Of course, this need not only apply to business. It applies very well to our own lives too. And… it’s been awhile since I planned anything!
If I think about sitting down to plan my day, it feels like it’s a waste of time. Wouldn’t it be better to just sit and do the things I was anyway going to plan to do?
One of my 5 goals for 2019 is to develop the planning habit. Since starting this from Dec 1 (today is Dec 24), I’m embarrassed to see that my tracker shows I only planned for 5 days!
But I now resolve to plan at least the remaining 7 days and hope to finish 2018 with at least a few “votes to reinforce my new identity as a planner” (James Clear’s words).