Swear by your Calendar

Your life is a garden.

Each plant in this garden needs its own space to grow

Each aspect of your life demands its own time to flourish.

The key to nurturing this garden isn’t just watering everything at once, but rather being strategic, prioritizing, and allocating your resources wisely.

In the hustle and bustle of business, we often ignore the importance of proactivity and personal time. It’s always chasing everyone else’s needs around, hoping to someday finish that to-do list in the short windows of downtime that are created (often by accident).

It is absolutely imperative to carve out specific chunks of time in your calendar for proactive elements in your life before filling the rest with the inevitable ‘have-to’s’.

This approach allows you to be the architect of your life rather than merely reacting to what life and clients throw at you.

  • ‘CEO Time’. Before anything else clogs up your day, you need to make it a non-negotiable to set aside at least 30 minutes for work “on” the business. This is your time to step back, evaluate, and guide your business’s trajectory. By prioritizing this ‘CEO Time’, you’re ensuring your business aligns with your larger vision and is progressing accordingly.

  • Fitness. Yes, you heard that right. Fitness is next on the list of priorities. Want to live a long time so your business can exist forever? Want to watch your kids grow up? Want to experience all that life has to offer because your business has created these opportunities for you? Great. Then you need to workout every day. It’s a non negotiable.

  • ‘Selfish’ time, and I use the term fondly. In the grand orchestra that is your life, this is your solo. It’s the time you dedicate solely for yourself, to engage in activities that bring you joy, peace, and satisfaction. Vacations, time away from work to recharge your batteries, nap time, whatever. These are the things you need to do to stay energized, engaged and happy. Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup.

Once you’ve penciled in your CEO Time, fitness, and selfish time, only then should you start filling in the other slots with the ‘have-to’s’. This approach allows you to build a life and business that’s not just reactive, but proactive and fulfilling.

By prioritizing your time this way, you ensure that your garden – your life – grows into a balanced, beautiful ecosystem that flourishes in all seasons. After all, your life is your garden, and you hold the power to make it bloom.