In my last blog installment, I presented you with the gift of a free month. Now I am going to share with you the secret of how to maximize the time of the eleven “working” months—and also reap the rewards of the free twelfth. The Three Ps of Planning—Prep Days, Pinnacle Days, and Play Days—help you streamline your days, keep you focused, and enable you to get more done in less time.
THE THREE Ps OF PLANNING
When I began mentoring CEOs, I discovered an effective process that could help them manage their time and, ultimately, their success. The goal for you is to organize your days according to the things that really fascinate you, lift you up, move the needle forward, and grow your business, while at the same time freeing up your mind so you don’t burn out. Plain and simple, this process helps you get more done faster, so you can take charge of your time and your life. All you need to do is divide up your week into three types of days so you can be deliberate in optimizing your activities.
Prep Days are the days to get your projects done with all the quiet and focused time that you need. For instance, you might need Prep Days to research, create presentations, develop your ideas, write a book, make calls, and perform other essential tasks. I generally take these days at home, or somewhere away from the office where I can think, write, read, and create without interruptions or distractions.
Pinnacle Days are time spent being “visible.” You are “on” with everyone. You brainstorm with your team, meet with new clients and vendors, attend events, represent your brand, sell, interview candidates, and present on stage or speak to a group outside your organization (if these are things you do).
Play Days are allotted for fun time, down time, and rejuvenation time only—where you unplug and go completely off the grid. Yes, this is so important! It’s not goofing around for the sake of avoiding work and interactions. Surprisingly, the goal for a CEO is to have as many Play Days as possible while continuing to reach her business goals. And now you have my gift of an extra free month in which to play!
TURN OFF YOUR MIND, RELAX…AND PLAY
For most business owners, Play Days are usually the most difficult of the Three P’s to embrace. For driven people who have business on their minds seven days a week, it’s hard to let go and do something fun without feeling guilty. But play is absolutely necessary. In fact, studies show that Fortune 500 CEOs who take more vacation days experience significantly more growth in their businesses. How could that be? Because the most creative breakthroughs do not come when you are pounding away on your computer. They happen when you are relaxed and having fun—away from the office with space to think.
No matter what your recreational activity might be—golf, running, painting, music, or meditation—do it! Play Days will reboot your body and mind, and you will fly in your business and in your personal life like never before.
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Allison Maslan is the CEO of Pinnacle Global Network, The World Leader in Scaling Businesses. Her new book, Scale or Fail is a Wall Street Journal Best Seller that is endorsed by Barbara Corcoran and Daymond John of Shark Tank. Allison’s built 10 successful companies starting out at age 19. Now, she and her team of CEO Mentors pay it forward helping business owners worldwide scale their company while, at the same time, create a passionate life. Allison’s been featured in Success, Fortune, Inc, Fast Company and Forbes magazines is a regular contributor to Entrepreneur magazine and a featured expert on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN across the US. She also hosts her weekly video podcast, Allie & You: The Business Success and Lifestyle Show.