Have you heard of CEO days, or do you have CEO days in your business? If you haven’t heard of CEO days, maybe you’ve been having back-to-back client calls, 12-hour days filled with busy work as you manage the day-to-day operations of your business. All this is normal.
Obviously, there are ways to streamline your business so that you are not always in the hustle mode. But it is also important to have time for thinking and time for white space. White space happens when you take a step back to; strategize, think, reflect and plan, and not just always being in hustle mode.
Having a CEO day would be an amazing idea for you if you seldom have the time to slow down. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase that sometimes we just need to slow down in our businesses to speed up. Because, when we are always busy and on the go, it’s difficult to take a step back and see whether the work we are putting in is aligned with our long-term vision and strategy for your business.
What exactly is a CEO day?
A CEO day is a really amazing way of keeping yourself in check with that strategy. Basically, a CEO day time that you set aside in your calendar to work on your business, as opposed to in your business which is what we typically do most of the time. It is the self-care version for your business that you would typically have for yourself as a person.
This is not about catching up with client work, batching your content, or catching up with your team and to make sure that everyone is doing what they’re supposed to be doing. This is “You” time for your business.
How to structure your CEO days
Step 1: Pick your preferred day of the week
You have to be intentional! CEO Days will not happen for your business if you don’t make time for it. In the same way that self-care doesn’t just happen for ourselves if we don’t make time for it. I like to block out a day in my calendar every single week, and it doesn’t have to be a full day. Especially, if you are running your business with a 9-5, it could just be one or two hours as a start.
So, block out some time in your calendar and make sure it is very clear what that time is for i.e., CEO Day. The other things I avoid doing my CEO days are meetings, team follow-ups or collaborations. I really just want to dial in and focus on my business on that day. And for me, my CEO day happens on Mondays!
Step 2: Plan in advance
Don’t wake up on your CEO day and just ‘wing’ it. Take some time the day before your CEO day, or after your CEO day and come up with 1-3 things you want to focus on the next CEO day.
And if you want to elevate it and add some fun to it, you can even go somewhere quiet outside of your usual working space. You could go to a co-working space or make it a weekend solocation. Anything that will get you excited about your CEO day is a big plus!
Step 3: Protect your CEO time
The most important thing is to make sure that you are being very protective of this time. Because we don’t have the time to do that on a day-to-day basis.
Try not to postpone or procrastinate about it because this is really your business’s version of self-care. And if you’re not making that time for self-care, you are going to be in this constant spiral of being busy all the time. Remember, if you can’t take that time to take the step back and really have that overview of your business and where it’s going, no one else is going to be able to do that.
11 ideas for your CEO Day
Here are a few ideas on activities that you can do on your CEO Day.
- Follow up with leads that you know you’ve had in your business, but you haven’t had the time to follow up with them.
- Develop with new product ideas.
- Develop business growth ideas.
- Reflect on your strategy, performance & anything else that has been on your mind of late
- Plan out your next quarter. Especially if you only plan out your quarter when the quarter starts, which is not the most optimal way of planning. Learn more about quarterly planning here.
- You could also do some digital organization, maybe your digital workspace hasn’t had some self-care in a while. And your downloads folder is not looking good. This is a good time to do that.
- Clean up your backend: Check that your systems are working properly. Maybe there’s a system or a tool that you’ve been wanting to incorporate in your business and you know it’s going to help you save some time. This is a good time to look into that.
- You could even do some mindset work which is so key as a business owner. Take time to journal and take stock of how you’re feeling about your business.
- Anything you don’t like about your business that you want to change? This is the time to do that reflection.
- This is the time to check in with your overall long-term vision and see where you are at right now, in comparison to what you had planned for your vision at the start of the year or at the start of the quarter.
- Lastly, you could just take the time to rest. It has been proven psychologically that rest is an important part of being productive and being the best version of yourself.
I hope this inspires you to start having your CEO Days or hours. And I would love to know how it goes. You can share your experience with me on Instagram. Listen to the full podcast episode here.