The Ultimate High-Performance Schedule
Achieving your goals rarely fits into a schedule built by chance. Achieving your goals is the result of a schedule designed to support your individual needs set in the context and reality of your life. The goal of a high-performance schedule isn't to demand perfection - it's designed to allow you to rely on routine and deal with the distractions and challenges life presents.
High-performers rely on routine and discipline to make progress on their goals. This approach and the attached worksheet will help you design a schedule that will help you accomplish more every day. The ancillary benefit of this strategy is realized through the time you gain when you remove the daily struggle of determining how and where to spend your time.
Measurement is the core of a high-performance schedule.
This strategy is rooted in measurement. All things built well are the result of the simple axiom: measure twice, cut once. Here's how:
Measure the day
- Using the worksheet, split your schedule into 24 one-hour blocks
- Fill in time for sleep, family, and friends
- Fill in time for work
- Break down your work into tasks
Prioritize the day
- Organize your task list by priority
- Schedule each task into your worksheet (higher priorities should always go earlier)
- Be consistent and follow the routine
- Don't sweat distractions - let them interrupt and keep your discipline focused on the returning to the daily routine
Sprint twice per month
- Estimate the total time to complete a task
- Interrupt the daily routine
- Blast through a priority until the task is complete
Rely on routine
- Routine removes destructive thought
- Don't reinvent the schedule
- Fill the time you have with the work at hand
For more on this topic and other advanced strategies, check out Jocko Willink's book Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual