Tuesday with Michael: 5 Things Highly Productive People Do Every Sunday Evening


How do successful people leverage their Sunday evening to get ready for the week ahead?

First, they review their monthly goals and break them into 7day goals for the week ahead. You can build a goal achievement system to ensure you take consistent action in the short term. This will help you achieve your long-term goals. Be specific, intentional, and deliberate.

Then, successful people plan the upcoming week for clarity and focus. Remove anything that can interfere with your goal achievement. Whatever activities can get in the way of you achieving your goals, look to simplify, eliminate, delegate, or outsource them.

When I started my business, I felt I had to do everything myself and I wouldn’t be able to outsource or delegate activities until the business grew. The truth was the exact opposite. The minute I started to delegate and outsource, I had more time to spend on my most important goal-achieving activities. That is when my business started to grow.

Protect the mornings to work on your most important projects and goals. My mornings have a foundational hour of power consisting of prayer, meditation, reading wisdom literature and planning.

Highly productive people learn from experience. Review your previous week. Gather valuable insights. Reflect on your progress. Ask yourself these questions:

  • What worked? Did I achieve my weekly goals? If no, why not? If yes, what went well?
  • What didn’t work?
  • What activities/products/people/actions have contributed to my results over the past week?
  • What could I have done better in order to be productive and focused?
  • What habits have been essential to my happiness, productivity, focus and energy?
  • What were the blind spots and unforeseen events that happened that I should learn from?

Successful people also journal for mental clarity.

Writing crystallizes thought and crystalized thought motivates action. Get the stuff out of your head and on paper. Writing out your ideas and thoughts on paper frees your mind of those concerns. Make it a habit to write for 15 minutes a day without distraction.

Remember to “sharpen the saw” weekly. Reading books, listening to audios and watching Ted Talks can be a powerful source of information to sharpen your saw. Learn from the people who have walked the path before you.

Learn from others and implement their learnings in your life. Warren Buffett said “Read 500 pages every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest.”

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