Behind every successful entrepreneur is some kind of routine. It doesn’t mean that it has to be a very elaborate one or one that checks off every single box recommended by the gurus. It just means that you have an anchor that helps guide your day.
My guest for this episode of Mads Singers Management Podcast, Jade Green, is someone who practices what she preaches when it comes to routine. Jade describes herself as the type of entrepreneur who is usually flying in from Bali, where she may have been running a business accelerator, in high heels, carrying a giant surfboard bag that might have a whiteboard or two inside as well. She’s a presenter, coach, facilitator, and so much more.
We got right into it, talking about her notion of an “ideal week.” She pointed out two positives of a job that we often don’t think about:
-There’s some basic structure
-You know when the day is done and you can choose to switch off
If business owners don’t have some basic structure and don’t have a system for “turning off” and being done for the day, it can be difficult to get deep work done and get into flow state. If you don’t know where to start, Jade suggests simply looking at everything that needs to be done this week and next and organizing your days and to-do lists, taking care to batch things with similar energies (i.e. the energy necessary for networking and client calls is quite different from planning and composing emails). I like to organize my ideal week on Sunday nights.
She was also transparent enough to walk us through not just her morning routine, but her evening routine as well. I’ve observed this trait in successful entrepreneurs and it’s just another way of drawing appropriate boundaries. If you can indicate to your mind and body that the day is over, you are giving yourself the gift of switching off, which is a key part of regenerating and coming back to do it all over again the next day. Some people see being “always on” as a superpower, but Jade advocates for a rhythm that isn’t subordinated to hustle culture.
We also discussed a higher-level strategy than the ideal week, which is her “90 Day Plan,” which breaks big projects and goals into 12 weeks. “You overestimate what you can do in a year and underestimate what you can do in three months,” she noted. By being intentional with your goal setting you can get so much more done in quarterly chunks than you can in annual planning.
- Jade describes the value of an “ideal week” – 2:06
- Jade shares just how to get started planning an ideal week – 5:25
- Jade talks about the importance of matching tasks on your list to the type of energy required – 6:40
- Mads discusses focusing on strengths – 8:30
- Jade walks us through her morning routine – 11:51
- Jade also offers an end-of-day routine – 14:25
- Mads reveals why he doesn’t watch much TV – 17:58
- Mads shares his “20% strategy” when it comes to coaching – 21:25
- Jade explains the “90 Day Plan” – 25:10
- Jade talks about the importance of “filling your cup” – 31:05