This is a very ominous episode, because what does living in the future mean when so many of us can’t even live in the present?
Living in the future to me means that you are constantly thinking of ways to make your business and yourself better. By living in the future, you’re also able to look at things different and prepare for things that you know will come. For example, it can be an unruly competitor trying to capture your market share, new updates to existing competitors, employees leaving, sales over exceeding expectations, hiring new people, and so many more.
A good leader is a leader who is poised and prepared. They can absorb anything that is thrown their way, because they’ve already reenacted this scenario in their own head for months prior.
For years, I wasn’t looking towards the future. In fact, I wasn’t even in the present. I was neck deep in crap that I had to do and had a massive to do list that stopped my growth. This to do list was so long and consistently being worked on that new things were barely able to make the cut.
This act of catch up destroyed me mentally, which is why I wanted to share my experience with how I got out of this block and am now living a more balanced life than ever before.
First and foremost, the minute that you’re able to commit yourself to living in the future, it’s absolutely liberating. It’s this weight being lifted off of your shoulder. You are no longer living life by your to do list and instead in control of it. So here are some of the things that I did in order to live more into the future:
1. Invested my time in creating a content calendar
The biggest life save for me was when I started using the content calendar that our team created. The content team has been using their own content calendar for years now and they’ve had a lot of success while doing it. So why not use what we know works. I wrote a blog about it on Penji.co and it’s linked in the show notes.
Basically I use the content calendar as my bible. It shares what is coming in and coming out. Everything is scheduled to the day and I know exactly what I will need to do or create within that week or month. All of my interviews for the podcast are scheduled and as well as interviews I am on. Travel, blog creation and launch dates, video production, and even email campaigns are all on this sheet.
I’ve used content calendars before but something about ACTUALLY using it was so helpful for me. I made something that I know worked well for me and I just stuck to it. The visual representation of seeing my whole month was a great way to knock things off of my to do list.
2. Cut out entertainment
Kind of extreme but I realized that parts of my day were spent watching silly videos or getting involved into the world of social media. I do all of those still, but no where near the extent of what I did. I probably spent 1-2 hours of entertainment a day into 30 minutes max. The extra time allowed me to get more done. Especially the most optimal hours for me which are right before bed and morning. We all wake up to our cell phone. Just cut it out.
3. Time Blocks
I use Apple’s calendar pretty religiously. I block hours out for time spent on the things that matter.
4. Got on a regimen
At my core, I have pretty crazy OCD at times. Not to devalue people who actually have OCD, this is self diagnosed. But I am robotic. I wake up the same time, do the same things in the morning now, and go to bed relatively the same time every night. I work out in the mornings, I prepare my meals on the weekends for the entire week.
I also cut out most meats and can practically identify as a vegetarian. That will be discussed in another episode.
To summarize this episode. I sort of had a light bulb moment not too long ago where I just realized that a lot of the things that I did on a routine basis didn’t matter. Like I would do things that just didn’t move the business forward. I would do things that made me happy. In the end, that doesn’t get you anywhere. You can do things that make you happy for sure, but in my eyes, not at the expense of growth.
It’s easy to do the easy things in your business, but difficult to do the things that require the most headspace.