Do you live your life as it comes (reactive approach) or do you prefer to live with purpose according to a plan (proactive approach)?
As the founder of WEEK PLAN, I try to expose my readership to new interesting techniques that can help them be more effective.
Today, I share a new tool called MY IDEAL WEEK:
The concept is very simple: imagine what your ideal week would look like if you had 100% control over your time.
I believe it is essential to color code your ideal week. It helps you find imbalance and attach you emotionally to this piece of paper. I personally use green for “Sharpen the saw” kind of activities, pink for relationships, blue for creative work, and grey for chores.
Some comments on my ideal week:
1. As you can see I still spend a lot of time consulting while I am bootstrapping WEEKPLAN. My true ideal week would replace consulting with Development work for WEEK PLAN.
2. I don’t plan much of my weekends. The weekends are the days I have the least control of.
3. I like to give each day a focus theme (admin, consulting, dev, etc…).
We told you we had a couple of exciting announcements coming up.
Today we are launching the two way integration with Google Calendar.
What it does New events from Google Calendar will appear in your Week Plan (refreshed every hour). New tasks from your Week Plan will appear in Google Calendar.
What it means What is exciting about this new integration is that you can now access your Week Plan tasks everywhere Google Calendar is available. All the existing apps in the App Store or Google Play Store that work with Google Calendar will work with your Week Plan tasks too.
How to enable this integration This integration is available to Week Plan PRO users. If you are not a PRO user, you can review the plan here.
If you are reading this blog, chances are you like to challenge yourself and you are likely in a situation today where you are being challenged.
I am the founder of WEEK PLAN, and running a business is a continuous stream of challenges. When you are working on the same thing day in day out, you start losing perspective on what you are doing and it becomes hard to figure out what the best next step would be.
When I started feeling I was the limiting factor in my business, I looked for external help. First I asked for feedback from my direct friends, but realized that most of my challenges were so specific that they couldn’t relate to my challenges and couldn’t offer me any relevant advice. This is when I decided to surround myself with people who were in a similar situation to mine.
My story with mastermind groups started in 2010, when I started a founder mastermind breakfast (you can still read the blog post I wrote at the time) where we would meet over breakfast and chat about our challenges and try to suggest solutions for others. I also wanted to be able to share my progress with people I knew from France (I am French but I live in Australia) so I also developed a web application that allowed us to reproduce what I was doing during the mastermind breakfasts online. Later on, I joined forces with the excellent coach James Short to help organize mastermind groups around the world. Nowadays I am not involved with this anymore but James is still at it and reports great results from his participants.
In this article, I would like to offer a practical guide on how to start being part of a mastermind group.
What is a mastermind group
Napoleon Hill popularized the concept of mastermind groups in his book “Think and Grow Rich”. He described mastermind groups as being a key component to success. Here is a video where you can see him explaining the concept:
A mastermind group is a regular meeting of people who share a common goal and are looking to encourage and help each other improve.
Why it works
Accountability: You are held accountable to the achievement of your goals. Just knowing you have a regularly scheduled meeting will internally drive you to make progress. Nobody wants to be seen as lazing around while others are making huge progress in their business
Perspective: Each individual has a unique history and set of skills. When you expose your challenge to someone else, you are likely to get a solution you may not have been able to think of.
Synergy: The interaction of several trusting people can produce a combined solution greater than the sum of their separate solutions.
The explainer effect: When you have to explain a problem to someone else, often, the solution becomes evident to you as you are explaining the problem.
Resources: By being part of this group, you gain access to everyone’s personal network.
How to be part of a mastermind group
If you want to join a group online, you can check out Fizzle (for entrepreneurs) or Online Peers.
Alternatively, you can create a private Facebook group and invite people to it. The benefit of the Facebook group is that people are more likely to interact with the group because the messages will appear in their Facebook feed.
Check out the website Meetup.com. You will likely find groups around your area that meet around your topic of choice. You can go there and recruit people for your own mastermind group for example. Starting your own meetup group is also possible but may take a bit more time and effort to put in place.
I am considering organizing mastermind groups from within the WEEK PLAN application. If you are interested in giving it a try, please drop a comment to show interest.
I finished writing a 30 pages ebook that explains the methodology behind WeekPlan. I am currently asking for feedback to polish the ebook. The goal is to send the ebook to people who signed up on the mailing list a long time ago to “warm up” the relationship with WeekPlan a bit.
We welcomed a new team member in the development team. Khurram has started helping us by writing more automated tests.
I spent some time clarifying some of the incoming work. Having three developers helping me means that things should go faster and I don’t want the requirements to be the bottleneck.
Lots of bugs have been squashed and some usability issues have been ironed out.
A new feature that has been added is the ability to @mention someone in a task notes or comment. The @mention will add that person to the task.
Today people suffer from the lack of focus when working, and often without realizing it. They would multi-task, they would get interrupted, they would think of other things they need to do while doing something else, etc…
The Pomodoro technique is a simple technique that has helped everyone I suggested it to.