I'm sitting here on January 1, nursing a very tiny hangover from some really nice bottles of Silver Oak that I shared with friends last night, thinking about 2017. Dreaming really, once again, of having a year that's supremely well-organized, in which I follow up diligently with every new potential client and all of the old ones, in which I plan ahead for meetings rather than in the two hours right before. That sort of thing.
Just like last year, I'm trying to figure out what system of calendaring and planning works best for me. And I'm curious. What do you love about the system you use? What do you dislike most?
I seem to have settled on a nice combination of a hard calendar that I carry with me and my Google calendar that syncs from my computer to my Android and vice versa. This morning, going through my old Planner Pad and looking at my handwritten notes and client names and jots from quick phone calls, I find great comfort in having hard copy and pages I can flip through. I'm transferring names into my 2017 Planner Pad, making my list and checking it twice, creating a set of follow ups and new actions for the coming week and month.
Once I've completed the January lists, I'll transfer the info into my Google calendar, taking 10 follow up names per day and plugging them into a one hour slot each day. I'll then time block my lead generation in two hour increments and my personal goal activities into 20 minutes manageable pieces.
All I have to do after that is actually follow my calendar! And have the Planner Pad handy for note-taking. If only it were that easy in real life.
I do love the Planner Pad concept. https://plannerpads.com/ I stumbled onto this system in 2015 when I was looking for a better way to "organize, prioritize and schedule" my activities (that phrase is taken from their website). They also have an electronic version, but I found it less helpful than the Google calendar.
In 2016, my Planner Pad proved invaluable. Besides my full-time real estate career, I serve as an advocate and board member for several local organizations and on the ALC for my market center, so my days are full of varied activities. I'm not saying I wasn't harried half of the time. My Planner Pad just kept the harried-ness to more of a minimum than prior years.
So, I guess most of this post is meant to be reflective and inquisitive. What's your system? What works best for you? I'd love to hear your success stories.