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This business coaching episode explains how and why you must plan.

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Featured Coaching Excerpt - Notes & Transcript, Part 1
  • Finding Time To Get Ahead: Determine Your Ideal Time For Your Daily Planning
  • Notable Quotable: “Time management is not about managing your time. It is about keeping your whole life under control. Plan the life you want, or live the life you don’t want.”
    -Lee Cockerell
    (Former Executive Vice President of Walt Disney World Resorts who once managed 40,000 employees.)
  • Ask Yourself: What really matters to me today?
  • Lesson Nugget: If you don't determine and schedule a time for your tasks, they will never get done.
  • Lesson Nugget: Whatever you value, you will prioritize.
  • Editor's Note: Clay does have a huge compassionate heart though.
  • Lesson Nugget: Learn to become good at saying "no."
  • Action Step: Take one hour a day to plan for your day!
  • Lesson Nugget: Say "No" to the temporary satisfaction things and "Yes" to the important things that will get you ahead in life.

- ♫ Break it down ♫ Break ♫ - Action step number two, determine your ideal time for your daily planning. So we've kind of alluded to that and so I want wanna get into it with Lee Cockerell's notable quotable. - [Voiceover] Oh, Lee Cockerell from way downtown. Bang. - From way downtown, former Vice-President of Walt Disney World Resort. He managed 40,000 people so he knows a little bit about, you know, the daily planning. - I don't respect anyone who doesn't manage 41,000. Just being real, move it on. - [Voiceover] OK, wow. - Time management is not about managing your time. It is about keeping your whole life under control. Plan the life you want or live the life you don't want. So Clay, what does he really mean by that? - Well what he's talking about is that with your schedule, everybody's pulling on your time. So, especially if you make any money at all once you start to have any traction at all. So if someone's watching this I talked to one guy the other day, he's a Thriver. He started his business a few months ago and now he has, not six employees, I think it's five employees. And every one of them is like, hey can we talk? Can we talk? Can I meet you after work? Can I meet you before work? Can we come over tonight? And if everyone's asking you for your time you're not going to have anything left for yourself. So what you have to do is you have to decide, right now today what really matters to you. And I say today, every single day, what really matters to you. This right there, I'm sure I have a family member watching this and they're like you're such a jerk, you're such a. But here's the thing, I don't care who calls me or sends me an email at all today. Because the number one priority is helping my twins plan their party, helping my dad find out his long-term living arrangement, making sure that I get my Manderin figured out and everything else, can just, I don't care. Because I've appointed that is what I'm gonna get done today. And so, I've scheduled a specific time for everything. Because if we don't schedule time it won't get done. So let's get into this OK. I've determined the time. So today, we started this morning at 7am recording. Why are we recording at 7am? I'll tell you why. Because we have a ton of content we're recording. We had the whole studio was full this week. So we had to set it up, we're here recording at 7. We'll be done around 11 or noon. But then at 3 o'clock I have a meeting with the builder and at 1 o'clock I'm meeting with a different guy. And I've got very specific times for everything. I thought about those times and I called the people involved and I said, hey, would this time work for you. And we booked out times so we have specific times. Now if you make a schedule, a to-do list today and you don't block out specific times. As an example probably the worst time to go to the bank and withdraw some money is 6 o'clock on a Saturday. Cause it's not open. So you gotta book a specific time. Very important to do that. - Clay, I'm, the Puerto Rican is getting a little passionate, it that OK? My rrrrrrrrr come's out. - Wow. - OK, here's the thing. Ha, ha. What I'm hearing you say is, this is a Jose quote, whatever you value in life you will prioritize. - [Clay] Absolutely. - Look at any category of your life and what I'm hearing you say over and over and over again is because I value my children, my family, I'm gonna prioritize. You see people that value football. - [Clay] Yeah. - People that value purses or make-up. You will find the time to prioritize that into your schedule. So what I'm hearing you say, this action step number two goes with the number one. Determine your ideal geography but you took some planning. Because you were setting up those valuable things and people in your life and because of that you're able to say no. In the question that follows up with that is why are so many people not good with their time, determining their ideal time? - People feel guilty. They feel bad when say no to things. They feel bad, they just do. So, I'm just telling ya, I think if you look at Clay Clark super powers and things I do wrong. My super power is I don't have really a lot of empathy. Now I used to early in my business career. I used to go swim with say, is there any way you could come to the. Like yesterday, this guy, he goes, is there any way that you could come watch me speak tomorrow afternoon? And I used to say no, I really can't. And the person would sense the weakness and they would say, it would really mean the world to me. So then what I would do is I would call the client and go is there any way we could reschedule. So then I would reschedule the client cause I still gotta get it done. So now I'm doing the lunch meeting and I'm meeting with the client. Now I don't get home till 9 o'clock at night. Now I just say no, not gonna happen, 100% not gonna happen. And they say, is there any way. Nope, not gonna happen, I love you. I think you're a great American but it's not gonna happen. And you just have to get good at saying no. It comes naturally, no. You have to get good at saying no. Marshall, back to you. - So Clay, talk to me about determine your ideal time for daily planning. Like, specifically when am I doing this planning. - I recommend every person watching this, you need to find a sacred place and a sacred time to say, here we go. One hour, minimum a day to plan out your day. If you will take an hour a day to plan out your day, I have never met a CEO, an executive, a president, a leader, anybody I look up to in any regard at all who does not take an hour a day to plan. I've never seen it. I've never seen a pro athlete, I've never seen a pro of anything, I've seen amateurs, but I've never seen anybody who does anything massive, who does not plan out at least, take an hour a day to plan out their day. - What about if there's some Thrivers that are watching right now and they're saying I'm just a college student. I don't have, I mean, I can plan out my day in 90 seconds. So what do you do in that in-between time. - OK, I'll just this. And I went on to Oral Roberts University. And I read this book called the New Imperialists. It was given to me. It was a neat book called the New Imperialists. I remember getting this book and someone said you should read this book. It's about how Bill Gates and it's how Jeff Bezos they built their empires. Ya know, Amazon and Microsoft and you'd love it. I remember saying I don't have time to read it. I don't have time, I mean I have classes from 8:50am and then till 6, and then we have our hall meeting, and then we have our intramural sports. We have all these things and so I remember saying I don't have time. And it was the first time where it occurred to me, I'm going to have to say no, trade-off to say yes to this. So I remember going, I am not going to go to the intramural events anymore. I'm done, I'm not playing intramural sports anymore because I am going to do this. And I remember going, gosh, I really want to do intramural sports but I really need to read this book. Which is more important? And you find time for what you value. Back to your point, so everyone listening to this, whether you're in college. We have one girl. I talked to the girl last night, our new coder potentially. - [Marshall] Oh yeah. - From India. - [Marshall] Yeah, Pudja. - Pudja, if you're watching Pudja, we're so excited and we gotta make sure we send this to her. I talked to her last night. I'm not sure if she's going to join the team or not but it looks like she might. And I am so excited. She's so joyful and cheerful and she want's to be a part of the team. And guess what I had to do, block out time. So you said, hey, when can we get ahold of her so I called her last night at a point in time I blocked out but getting back to the point. Every single person you have to block out at least an hour of power to plan your day. You have to. You've gotta do it.

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