We have been incredibly busy for the past few months and like everyone, really struggle to fit in all of the planning and preparation that we should be doing. But in a real effort to ‘walk the talk’, we started a Friday afternoon planning regime that I would like to share with you as it really does work.
It isn’t rocket science but it has made a difference to both how we view planning and making sure we all execute on those really important (as opposed to really urgent) actions each week. So, on a Friday at 4pm we down tools and gather around the meeting table (part-timers included) and share our ‘big rock’ planning. For those of you unfamiliar with ‘big rocks’ these are the really important things you need to get done in your role for that week. You are unlikely to have more than two or three big rocks per week and the team individually takes time out on a Friday to identify them as part of their own weekly plan.
Prior to our team meeting you can usually find one or two finding quiet space in the kitchen or boardroom to finalise their plan for the week and what their big rocks will be – this isn’t something to be done on the fly as you are held accountable for each and every rock.