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Are you ready to transform your weekends into a powerhouse of productivity and planning? Challenge yourself to adopt these game-changing strategies for sorting clutter, mastering email management, and prioritizing tasks. By dedicating just a few hours each weekend, you can streamline your week ahead, enhance your focus, and achieve your goals with unprecedented efficiency. Dive into our expert guide and see how simple changes can lead to significant impacts on your productivity and peace of mind. Are you up for the challenge?

Across from my desk is a leather chair. In front of the chair is a square ottoman, and on that ottoman is a giant stack of things that came into my life this week. There are a couple of magazines, a number of bills, a few checks, and the flotsam and jetsam that piles up throughout the week.

I am allergic to any administrative work, and I am impatiently waiting for artificial intelligence to take care of all the forms, necessary responses, and anything that requires my time and attention. This is the routine maintenance of a life, made worse by my many endeavors and interests.

Complete Saturday Administrative Tasks to Prepare for Sunday Strategic Planning

Most of the time, I spend Saturday organizing the mess I have accumulated in seven days, but this Saturday, I had to attend my family’s February birthday party. My large family had six birthdays yesterday. Following that party, I had to show up for your youngest child’s engagement party, with a trip to downtown Columbus and back.

Saturday Checklist to Complete Weekly Administrative Tasks:

  • Process Overflowing Email Inbox: While email may present the most daunting array of items to address, it's likely you'll uncover tasks that require action. Identify these tasks and complete any necessary follow-ups.
  • Tackle Accumulated Household Mail and Bills: Although much of your mail may not demand immediate action, processing it allows you to identify any items requiring your attention in the upcoming week.
  • Review Notes and Action Items from Last Week's Meetings: Reflecting on the previous week's meetings and conversations may reveal commitments you've made that need to be addressed in the week ahead. It's crucial not to overlook anything significant.
  • Log New Contacts and Interactions into CRM System: If you have unrecorded notes in your CRM, now is the time to log them, ensuring you have a comprehensive record of your discussions. Avoid relying solely on memory for recalling conversations.

Allocating an hour or so on Saturday to these tasks sets the stage for a productive Sunday. Perhaps it's just my experience, but this seems to suffice for one day's worth of administrative tasks.

Use Sunday to Plan Priorities, Schedule Time, and Prepare for Upcoming Events

Sunday is the day when I plan the coming week, something I have done for two decades. This work starts by looking at what is already on my calendar, allowing me to prepare for those meetings. A few of those meetings will need an asset or something I will have to prepare. Some might also require reading or research that I need to be effective in these meetings.

Sunday Weekly Strategic Planning Checklist:

  • Identify and Rank Most Important Goals and Outcomes: This is a common stumbling block. Sunday offers a moment for reflection, making it the ideal time to pinpoint the key outcomes you aim to achieve in the week ahead.
  • Block Out Focus Time for Priority Projects: Having identified your priorities, dedicate three 90-minute time blocks to these essential tasks. This allocation amounts to merely 4.5 hours of your week. Depending on your role, you may need to block three 90-minute periods daily, allowing 3.5 hours for all other activities.
  • Review Calendar and Make Time to Prepare for Events: Upcoming calendar events may necessitate preparation. Additionally, you'll likely need to schedule new events. Ensuring you allocate time for these meetings is essential.
  • Create Notes, Agendas, and Assets to Set Up Key Meetings for Success: Decide whether to block time for meeting preparations, or if a brief 15-minute prep is sufficient, simply complete it and move forward.

The time you spend preparing and planning is critical for productivity. Even though these tasks aren’t as compelling as something like writing or other creation, it makes room for that work, while also ensuring you are getting the right work done when and how you need.

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Post by Anthony Iannarino on February 9, 2024

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Anthony Iannarino

Anthony Iannarino is an American writer. He has published daily at thesalesblog.com for more than 14 years, amassing over 5,300 articles and making this platform a destination for salespeople and sales leaders. Anthony is also the author of four best-selling books documenting modern sales methodologies and a fifth book for sales leaders seeking revenue growth. His latest book for an even wider audience is titled, The Negativity Fast: Proven Techniques to Increase Positivity, Reduce Fear, and Boost Success.

Anthony speaks to sales organizations worldwide, delivering cutting-edge sales strategies and tactics that work in this ever-evolving B2B landscape. He also provides workshops and seminars. You can reach Anthony at thesalesblog.com or email Beth@b2bsalescoach.com.

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