Time Machine Blueprint
At the foundation of any business that works is a solid personal time foundation. If your personal time boundaries aren't strong and focused, no marketing plan will succeed. The goal of the time machine is to help your build a personal productivity blueprint so that your business marketing plan can succeed.
Get Clear On Your Values
Have you ever planned a project, implemented it and then felt empty? It is a shame to put tons of time and energy into something that does not really "fill you up". Taking time every once in a while to get clear on what's important to you can keep this from happening.
This quick game will help you quickly identify the values that are important to you - so that you can commit to the things that YOU love to do.
Click here for the values sorting game (make a copy of the Trello board to make it your own)
Create a Vision Map
Close your eyes for a moment and think of your perfect world. If money was no object, where would you live? What kind of business would you have? What do your weekends look like? Do you travel for work? What activities does your family enjoy? What type of clothes or colors do you wear in this perfect world? Are you living in a house or condo? Do you have pets? What kind of car do you drive?
Your answers should be things that make you happy, really happy. Maybe you take some European vacations in this perfect world. Maybe you dream of being on the New York Times Bestseller list. Maybe you’re driving an expensive sports car. Or maybe material things aren’t important and you’re dreaming of sunsets on the beach while the kids splash in the waves. There are no right or wrong answers here. This exercise is yours alone and your answers will be very different from your friends or family members. Daydreaming is a way for your unconscious to help you see what’s truly important to you.
However, now that you know what’s important, it’s time to take action so you can turn these daydreams into reality. That’s a pretty daunting task and with the pressures of day to day life it’s easy to lose sight of those dreams, which is why our next exercise is to take the values you just created and create a vision map.
A vision map is like a vision board - but it adds a time component by asking you to sort your "dreams" into long and short term goals. A wise mentor once said to me "you can have everything you want - just not all at the same time."
Click Here to Start Creating Your Vision Map (Make a copy of the Trello board to make it your own)
Create Your Ideal Week
Now that you have your value-based 10,000 foot view plan - it is time to create a daily and weekly plan to make sure those goals get achieved. Here is a quick exercise to help you create an ideal week plan.
Based on that plan, you can create your daily and weekly schedule. If you like trello and timeblocking, I highly suggest you try out Focuster which automatically reschedules tasks for you.
Here is a copy of the Trello board that I use for my daily and weekly planning which includes my goals and tasks for the day.