Years ago, I was on a business retreat with a customer and several business partners. When the retreat was over, we all played a round of golf before leaving the area. During the round, one of the players was an HR leader that kept talking about all of the different places he has played golf around the US and abroad. I just couldn’t believe someone with so many responsibilities had time to play so much golf so I asked, “with your busy schedule, how do you find the time to play so much golf?” … he simply replied, “I schedule it.” That hit me like a ton of bricks. So simple and so powerful. Just schedule it. Since then I changed up my planning each month to schedule the priorities first (which includes personal time) then fill the rest of my schedule everything else.
Recently I was listening to #ImpactMakersPodcast by Jennifer McClure. Once again, I heard this powerful message in a different way. Jennifer was talking about the way she responded to a question when asked “how do you share appreciation?”. her answer? “Schedule it!” Once again, so powerful yet so simple. She shared how impactful this can be just by adding a note in our phone to remind us to reach out each week with appreciation.
What’s interesting is that I feel like I do a pretty good job at sharing appreciation for people that are making impact in our company, as well as in the community as a volunteer. However, I’ve never really thought about setting up a note in my calendar to call or text someone making impact. I absolutely love this idea, because it’s so purposeful and we all know how good it feels to be appreciated. It doesnt mean we can’t show appreciation immediately when we see it, but it reminds us to keep looking for the good around us each week.
Earlier this year I decided to create a #FeedbackFriday to be intentional about writing LinkedIn recommendations. This has helped me to look for the good in my network and post on Friday’s. However, it hasn’t been more challenging than what I had planned because recommendations take a little more time to write out without trying to press. I continue to do this, but I dont just write something to post. If I don’t have something, then I roll to the next Friday. We just need to create a system that works for us and make this part of our discipline.
When we make the decision to intentional schedule things that matter, we are being more purposeful in both our career and our personal life. In my book Find Your Lane, I call this “planning our roadmap”. So, what are you purposeful in scheduling?
Here are a few ideas to help you get started.
- Family Vacation
- Personal time to think about ideas
- Sharing appreciation with your team
- Creating content for social media
- Coffee meet ups
- Networking events
- Personal development
- Taking a certification
- Mentoring Young Professionals
What can you schedule this week to make impact? Can you make it happen every week? What are you waiting on? … Go ahead and put it in your calendar and start making impact this week! Share something you are going to schedule this month, or next year! I would enjoy hearing from you!
It really is true… What gets scheduled, gets done!
Quote of the week: “It’s easier to say yes to a plan than an idea.” Dr. Daren Martin
Call to Action: Take out your phone right now and post a note in your calendar to share appreciation with someone. Put it in a weekly reminder mode. Look for the good this week and let others know you appreciate them… and they will appreciate you too!
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