We are back! After an enjoyable holiday weekend it is time to hit the ground running for the final stretch of the year. The next few weeks are going to throw a lot at us to keep us busy both professionally and personally so let’s make sure we are setting ourselves up to be successful by identifying and scheduling our most important tasks. A little bit of time and effort up front will lead to pay dividends throughout the week.

Before jumping into our next deep dive of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, Dan wanted to get back into the podcast routine by reminding everyone to spend time this week putting together their weekly schedule if they have not done so already. Dan has identified 17 key items that he needs to accomplish this week. Not all of them have to do with work. Not all of them will have an immediate impact on the business. But all of them are important. Some are time sensitive. Some are the groundwork for goals set for next year. Every single one is important to having an effective week.

The next several weeks are going to be extremely hectic. The holidays are right around the corner, and so is 2022. Whatever our goals are for next year, they are not going to happen by themselves, and most likely they are not going to happen with the completion of just one task. Start by identifying the steps that need to take place to reach your goal, and then identify the first best step you can take to achieve it. Put that on your weekly schedule. Make incremental progress towards your larger goals and start feeling the positive effects of a focus on being effective.

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