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My Daily Director ™  was designed with you in mind. The format was developed to assist you but not confine you.

Research has found there are only two problems regarding being and staying in focus.

(1) putting items in proper order

(2) doing them in that order.

SIMPLE TO USE
EASY TO UNDERSTAND
HELPS YOU PUT MATTERS IN ORDER
ASSISTS IN DOING THINGS IN ORDER
HELPS YOU STAY ORGANIZED
PROFESSIONAL SIZED  8.5" x 11.0"

 

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 We all know “life” happens. We are constantly challenged by urgencies and interruptions. Our desire is to do the right things, but everyday we are faced with problems. How do we stay on course? How can we commit to and follow through like we want to?

Everyone wants to put and keep their first things first, but somehow it just doesn’t always work out. We need a tool to help us plan our life and help us keep on task.  My Daily Director ™ lets you start with the most important aspects of your life and build your week around those priorities. Placing them in their respective category will assist you in seeing the interrelationship and importance of each item.

When you put and keep your priorities in the correct order, your life has balance. Have you noticed that without balance your life seems to be:

We burn up, blow up or burn out. Our hopes fade and our life seems to be without meaning. But, if we plan and follow the plan, benefits of balance and peace follow. You then enjoy the success of being on purpose, which is our ultimate goal. Like a well planned vacation, our lives and spirits seem above the fray and life is good. Let’s see how we can start to benefit from this approach by directing our lives like a director orchestrates a play.

 



       

How My Daily Director ™ Helps

The upper third of the My Daily Director ™ page lets you see your week at a glance. This affords you the opportunity to have the items, activities and individuals categorized. This is not the end, just the beginning of the process. Before you can begin the process of establishing the levels of importance, capturing all the parts is mandatory.

The upper left of the page is for the six areas most people consider their highest priorities, their first things. In each respective column is space to write down what you believe is important. You know the people and things you really want to enjoy. The “reasons” you do what you do are “things” you find in your purpose. If we were to ask, “So far, have these priorities received the time and attention they deserve?” Most agree they have not. My Daily Director ™ is the tool to help you correct this and stay disciplined to the task. If they are really first, keep them in first place.

To the right of the box are four columns for all the items and activities in business and lesser important personal issues. Lots of space, all in one place, to write down the issues. No need for note cards, post-its, etc. Here is the place to keep record of the items.  How many times have important items been lost or appointments missed? Why? Didn’t they have a special place? Without such a special place for keeping records and tracking, I know I have lost performance and money because I didn’t remember issues, which were important. Now you have that special place.

My Daily Director ™  is the central repository for your lists. We have included other planning pages for monthly and yearly scheduling, but the most important must be written down here to get positioned and prioritized! You may choose to also use other tools, but you need one place to put the items of importance.

Here is where the journey of your future begins as you direct the path. As these items are integrated into your plan, you gain insight and see the interdependencies. When the task is completed or the time spent with that significant person satisfied, you then mark it off your list. When your life is following an orderly plan, you feel like you are making progress to achieve your goals. You have become efficient and effective by being selective.

But what if you have too many items to do and people to be with this week? You some- times will not get everything done you intended. This happens even when we are disciplined to avoid over booking. Having just one place for all the lists gives you the benefit and control to manage future days. When necessary, turn the corner of the page over to remind you there are unfinished tasks, and refer to them in the following weeks when they better fit into your schedule! Some items will stay until complete, others will fade away because they have lost their importance to you. That’s perfectly fine. They were not really all that important or you would have made it happen. Move on.

The center section is where you list and prioritize. Here is where the items are listed by respective day. To this point you have not prioritized, but itemized. As you begin to plan, you can see the day develop like a Director would visualize an act or scene of a movie. You think about the “space of time”, interactions and chain of events. Your mind plays it out. You see with your mind’s eye. This affords you the opportunity to plan out and select the people, places and activities, as they should interact. You decide who, what, when and why is important. By being selective you become more effective.

Use a system, 1-2-3, A, B, C, whatever. The short dash to the left of each longer line is for your use. Begin with the most important and number down to the least. A system gives you a floor to build upon. Your day will more likely go by plan if you have a process to help you. Our system of prioritization works well.

At the end of the day, check off the items completed. Do something different, reward yourself for what you finished. Positively reinforced behavior will be repeated. This is attitude adjustment time! You’re making progress. Things are getting the time and attention you believe they deserve.

At the end of the day review your progress. Now you decide from the remaining items if they are important enough to move to another day or if they have lost their importance and must be eliminated. Rarely will you get everything done. But if you consistently get the most important done, how will you feel? Won’t you feel great knowing you did the most important? How can we expect to have extraordinary lives when we fill our time with mundane and ordinary things?

Priorities, Priorities, Priorities. The level of importance and interdependence will help you determine how much time to invest in each item. This is important. This is a paradigm shift in thinking. Your direction is set. You know the course. The plan is about to be engaged. Your compass is set and you have your clock follow. You don’t make things fit, they have the proper time allotted because you planned correctly.

Before this type of planning, we would say, “If I can find the time. . .“ Make the time, see if things work out, save some time on the other issues, etc. You know the excuses you have always used. You set the priority and allocate the proper time. This “time” starts when you decide! Time is your most precious asset. Invest it wisely. THINK!

Time gets divided into two primary groups; tasks and relationships. Tasks are to be done or deleted. Dividing your time into small segments and wasting as few as possible is just good advice. Leverage whenever possible. Direct the least expensive resource to the task. Your goal is not to be a super-person, but master planner of your day. Interactions with people are unique to each situation. You can’t rush romance and sometimes relationships require more than you plan. You can become more efficient with tasks, but relationships usually require quantity and quality time. Knowing your purpose, having a plan and seeking a win-win outcome will keep you on track. Your story has a beginning and an ending. Your goal is to be effective, not just efficient!

In the area of tasks, you must decide who plays the role. This requires you to plan and lead. My time or your time? But whose time and at what efficiency? As Director you decide who does the task and when it is scheduled. This is a skill. At first it will be difficult, especially to delegate. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. It’s inevitable. Be patient. Life is a learning experience. With better skills, experience and leverage you can accomplish more. Sound easy? It isn’t. This skill will take time to become proficient, but the rewards are worth all the effort. This is a major part of becoming a leader, a per- son of influence, and one who gains the respect of their peers.

In time, you will discover you have significant control over the power of urgency addiction. You know, the things that creep up and take over the important. Resist the temptation to react to the stimulus. Between stimulus and response is a space. Use this to think before you act.

We have prepared an area for you to use to help with interruptions. There is a small space in the lower right corner to write in the unexpected. Here is a “spot” to temporarily take note and to think about the consequences of taking on this role or task. Deciding the value of doing or not doing this task prevents negative results.  If the interruption is worthy, write it down or move it into some “white space” in your week. Good planning allows “white space” in your days. We like to refer to this as “lifestyle” space. In today’s society, people crave time freedom even over money. . Remember, you cannot recover yesterday’s lost time. Yesterday is a cashed check, tomorrow is a promissory note, today is a gift. Spend it wisely.

Make note, most interruptions are not important and most things which are important are not urgencies. Important items should be done with a plan that is implemented with urgent intent. You are the Director of your life plan. By knowing your purpose and intent for each day, week and year, you are better able to discern between things that are important and urgent. Sometimes we need to make adjustments and changes to our plans. This should be the exception, not the rule.

These are your instructions. This tool will only be as effective as you make it. Take the time to learn this system and your efforts will be rewarded. The benefits will deliver compound results. You will have better control of your time, you will be more efficient and your relationships will become more fulfilling. You are the Director of your time. Your first things, (which usually are not things, but the significant relationships in your life) will truly be in first place.

Our package has a number of tools to help you customize. Keep the principles in order and make adjustments according to your style. Plato said that a life worth living should be record- ed. Journal your activities so you can learn from both the successes and failures.

Keep good records. The column on the far right is a great place to recap the activities and then post them as an audit trail for your business growth and development. These can then be totaled at the end of the month and posted to the Annual Performance Recap page. This allows you to look at your entire year at a glance to observe your strengths and weaknesses.

This is a win-win program. A system to let you become the person you were designed to be. Our planning system will help you find and keep your priorities in their proper place. Your time will be used appropriately, and your story will become the epic you design. You will find balance in your life. Your priorities will be kept in their proper order, your life will have meaning, be fruitful, and your legacy will become something very special.