I was chatting with a friend the other day about productivity, while my friend’s 11-year old played in the background.
In the middle of the conversation, the child interrupted and asked, “Why do you have a ketchup day? Is that all you eat on that day? That sounds weird.”
After a moment of confusion, I laughed and responded, “No, it’s not a ‘ketchup’ day, it’s a ‘catch up’ day!”
Do you have a catch up day?
A catch up day is one day a week where you have no appointments and no tasks pre-scheduled to do. It is a day onto which all of the things that surprised you during the week get dumped and taken care of.
For me catch up day is Friday. My Monday through Thursday are very structured and each day has pre-planned appointments and tasks as determined by my strategic plan.
However, during the week all sorts of new opportunities and to dos spring up. Rather than dropping my planned activities during the week, I stay focused on my plan and move the new things to catch up day.
On Friday, I’m highly motivated to work through the task list since, as soon as I do, I get to start the weekend.
How could you work a catch up day into your weekly plan? If you can’t schedule a whole day, could you start with a catch up hour at the end of each day and keep adding to it over time?
Learning to create a plan and stick to it without allowing “bright shiny objects” to pull you off track is one of the fundamental keys to success. Give a go and let me know how you do with it.
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