Thursday, January 4, 2018.
Our flight arrived back in Saskatoon from Pittsburgh after seeing our business coach. We landed at 10:06pm and Tim and I drove straight to Springside, SK where our kids were staying with family. We arrived after 3am only to get up 3 hours later to drive to Moose Jaw for a hockey tournament. Not the best planning.
Friday, January 5, 2018.
I was tired physically and mentally. This wasn’t the best way to start a new year!
On that early morning drive on lonely Highway #1, I saw an ad for the “Full Focus Planner” while absent mindedly scrolling through social media. The ad described a subscription for a written planner (old fashioned pen on paper), that would help me focus on what mattered most. A system crafted to eliminate distraction, focus on my priorities, and help me achieve my goals. One planner per quarter. Four planners per year.
Friday, January 1, 2021.
Three years later, 12 Focus Planners are part of my history. I don’t slide into another quarter exhausted. I lean into the next quarter invigorated.
It’s a heavy lift to plan each quarter. But this is a sequel in my story, and it matters.
What happens to my old planners? They get burned ceremoniously in the fire pit at the lake each summer. Yes, really.
“It’s not the plan that is important, it’s the planning.” – Graeme Edwards
2020 was a hard year. I learned I could do hard things. I bet you learned that too.
“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors”
My Full Focus Planner was like my sailor’s logbook – a place for me to plan, minimize all the distractions and focus on what mattered. I became a more skillful sailor in 2020.
I was especially excited about my first Focus Planner of 2021. An unwritten book. I upgraded from the “Classic” gray planner to the “Bold” eggplant planner.
An upgrade from Classic to Bold. Feels like a perfect fit.
One of the most common desires I hear from employers is they want their benefits & pension programs to bring the most value.
Just like you want more out of life, you want more out of your benefits & pension programs.
You’ll get the most value by planning, so you know you are investing in what matters most to your business and your team.
How do you know if you need to upgrade from Classic to Bold?
Focused time with your trusted advisor, to prioritize and plan to ensure you’re investing in areas that matter most. Prioritizing and closing any gaps to accomplish your objectives while intentionally aligning your programs to your company’s vision, mission, and values.
You might discover it’s time to upgrade and that you’ve grown out of your current plan. If you’re ready to invest in planning together, give me a call.
The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
– Stephen Covey