Six Step Weekly Planning Process(adapted
from Stephen Covey's
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and First
you'd like a tool to help you begin drafting your mission, go
to the Mission Statement Builder page at http://www.franklincovey.com/missionbuilder/.
Your mission statement represents your values, vision, and purpose
for your life.
- Values - Be clear about what's most important to
you -- what you value -- from the deepest place in your heart. Ask
yourself, "Is my value what I really want, or is it
what others think I "should" do?"
- Vision - who you are being. We are human beings,
not human doings!
- Purpose - what you want to do as a result of who
you are being...your life purpose. This is your road map to direct
where you want your life to go. Your mission reflects the following:
- What is most important to me?
What do I want to be? (Review vision statement
- What do I want to do?
2. Define your key roles
Start with self, and then identify a maximum of seven roles of greatest importance
I share my own personal roles below as an example, including sub-roles for my "business owner" role.
Self: physical, mental, spiritual, social
| Role #1: Wife
| Role #2: Mother
|| Organizing Consultant
| Role #3: Family Member (sister, daughter, niece...)
|| Paper Tiger Authorized Consultant®
| Role #4: Business Owner
|| Life Coach
| Role #5: Friend
| Role #6: Community Volunteer
|| Marketing Director
| Role #7: Singer
3. Identify weekly goals/choices -- in writing
Think of two or three important results you want to accomplish during the coming
week in each role you identified in step two. Write this week's goals/choices next to each
Goals can be focus areas (example: focus on using reflective listening skills with
my daughter) or scheduled activities (example: work out at the gym three times for one hour each).
Remind yourself of this truth: Every time I say "yes" to someone or something, I am saying "no" to
someone or something else!
Your goals reflect the following elements:
- They are driven by conscience and align with your personal vision and mission/purpose.
- Your focus is on the "important" rather than just the "urgent"
- They are driven by "I choose to..." rather than "I have to..." or "I
- These four basic human needs:
What is the most important thing I can do in this role this week
that will have the greatest positive impact?
4. Organize your time weekly
Schedule a weekly one-hour appointment with yourself and follow this Six Step Planning Process as you plan each week. Look at the week ahead with your goals in mind and schedule time to take the action required to achieve them.
NOTE: Schedule some unscheduled time. If every minute of every day is already booked, you are setting yourself up for failure. Allow time for some unexpected but important activities when planning your week.
Tool Tip: Use a weekly planner rather than a daily or monthly planner. If you use a hand-held organizer, do your planning at a computer screen where you can see the whole week at once.
5. Exercise integrity in the moment of choice
When making schedule adjustments, connect with your mission
to stay on track. If something more important comes up, reschedule the
planned activity for another time. Decisions are based on your priorities.
Be a gatekeeper - say no to activities or responsibilities which will derail
you from living your mission. Don't play the victim; it's your life and you are
| "I choose to..." vs. "I have to..."
6. Evaluate and learn
"If you keep doing what you're doing, you'll keep getting what you're getting!
One definition of insanity is to keep doing the same things and expecting different
results." (Stephen Covey)
Evaluate weekly - learn from what didn't work the week before - and try something
different in the coming week.