You will not be an effective leader because you choose to one day want to be! Tigris Woods just decided to one day want to be the No 1 golfer in the world – and hey presto, was he? Did Michael Jordan do the same? And Roger Federer?
We got the message. What is common with everything? When reading the great athletes and leading world biographies, one of the things that we all share is that they have a daily routine that they are committed to. Why? As practice is perfect, and if you want to be an effective leader, you should do exercises every day to "stretch the saw" as Stephen Covey says.
So, what's the daily routine?
1. Rise early. Start the day and run during the day. Get up and you'll be chasing the day.
2. Spend 5 minutes in the key index of key goals. There can be no more than 5 or 6 most important goals, and if you write down daily, you will be ahead of the conscious and subconscious mind – write it once and put them away, and just forget them and put your goal into failure.
3. Write your diary. If you seriously think that becoming an effective leader, there should be a place where you get all the thoughts and ideas – do not rely on your memory. This will be a treasure chest that will be priceless.
4. Identify the three most important tasks you need today to support and improve your annual goals. If you are not working on delivering goals today, you are just "busy". Do not confuse the word "busy" with the word "effective".
5. Design your day. Obviously, but so neglected. Not just meetings – scheduling time to finish all the activities you need to undertake to achieve your goals.
6. Schedule e-mail management. This is critical. Just handle your emails twice or three times a day. The slave of incoming e-mails may be the longest time for everyone – and justify it in the name of "work". Be really disciplined!
7. Fill the batteries with regular breaks. Go for a quick 5 minute walk around the garden, get a coffee or better, a glass of water, read the paper – all that gives you breath. But be disciplined – go back to your plan after 5 minutes! Do not quit.
Stick to this routine or create your own and develop and develop personally. Remember to be an effective leader to be an effective person!