If you were to run a 100 meter sprint against another person who was faster, more adept, and more athletic than you, you’d probably lose. And by probably lose, I mean you’d lose. Think of this race as you versus your upcoming week. In other words, do you start Monday morning lined up with the week and just run, only to see things fall apart pretty quickly? Or do you implement a Sunday routine ahead of time and get a running start, so you can stay one step ahead?
Now if you were to race this same person, but have an agreed upon fair 75 meter head start, chances are you’d probably win. And by probably win, I mean you better win…you’re starting close to the finish line, for Christ’s sake.
Which would you go with? Starting at the same line, or getting an enormous head start?
Life is savvy – it’s smarter, faster, and doesn’t slow down for you. Time isn’t bias – it passes the same for every single one of you. If you want to have a shot at kicking your week’s ass before it overtakes you, you need a head start.
And it starts the day before, when you start your Sunday routine. There’s nothing more important than starting your week off right, and here’s three things you can do Sunday to kick the upcoming week right in the pants.
Spend The Time Reflecting on Your Accomplishments and Shortcomings
Before you can begin focusing on the upcoming week and how you’ll completely dominate it, you need to pause and spend a bit of time looking back at how the previous week just went.
Chances are you accomplished some of what you wanted to (daps my man) but also fell short in other areas (this is completely normal). Taking note of the accomplishments is a good mental boost, but spending some time pinpointing the shortcomings will allow you a chance to adjust.
What exactly is “adjust”? We are creatures of habit. Sometimes (a lot of times), we are so stuck in a routine or habit that it’s nearly impossible to actively realize what we’re doing or what we need to change. So at the end of the week, you’ll see where you didn’t quite accomplish what you set out to.
Now figure out why. Was it laziness? Lack of interest? Your habit of flipping on the TV after coming home? A few last minute emergencies? The latter is life – it just happens and you can’t put too much weight on it because stuff will always come up. The first three though – if you don’t adjust, nothing will change and you’ll get the same results.
Remember, a missile approaching its target is usually pretty accurate. But in the path to get there, it has to constantly make small adjustments on its way, ensuring it reaches the intended destination. They’re small and probably less than 1% off at any given moment. But imagine if the missile didn’t correct itself? 1% compounded adds up, and it’s likely the Sidewinder missile would completely whiff on locking in.
Your adjustments aren’t much different; as the week and months go by, you need to take the time to adjust where you’re at to make sure you stay on target.
Set Your Intention(s) For The Week
Think of your intentions as tied to your goals. In fact, they’re basically interchangeable. Long-term goals are broken down into shorter-term goals at various stages. For instance, if you have a one-year goal, you’ll need to break that down into monthly goals, and then weekly, and then daily goals. You follow?
You need to set out and mentally prepare yourself for what you’re about to undertake. This helps give you a mental boost and give you a little dose of motivation.
Figure out what exactly you’re trying to work towards this week, and before you actually begin breaking out the daily stuff (see below), you’ll want to know what your overarching goal(s) is/are. This article isn’t about how to set goals, but here’s a hint: what do you want to accomplish in life? What are your passions? What are thing you want to say you’ve done? Refer to the article I linked for a detailed view on how to set your goals.
Set them, and stick with them. This Sunday routine is the gasoline for your fire.
Plan Your Upcoming Week
Get a planner. Start planning.
Are you a pencil and paper kinda guy/gal? Do you laugh in the face of the old school Shakespearean way and prefer 21st century technology to help plan? Go for it. Neither is right or wrong.
How much you plan is up to you. If you’re Type A, you’ll probably plan it down to the hour, giving each activity a set amount of time (a forewarning: be careful, this can get out of control). If you’re Type B, you probably leave the entire thing blank, and hence why you’re reading this article. Don’t worry, I got you covered.
You’ve got seven days to fill, working around what you set as your goals/intentions and your other responsibilities. For most of us, responsibilities mean a full-time job, school, kids, wife/husband (or partner), family, hobbies, and more. If you’re single, you get a little slack here because no one is breathing down your neck. This is a blessing. Enjoy it while it lasts.
With a Sunday routine in place, you’re setting yourself up for owning the week. With a proven plan in place, you’re simply making sure that you aren’t using your other responsibilities as an excuse for why you can’t accomplish what you want.