Craig Ballantyne distilled solid productivity and goal-setting best practices into a short, 153-page quick read.
He broke the book down into three sections – Morning, Afternoon and Goal Setting.
Morning focuses on creating rules for yourself and starting the day with a plan and good habits.
Afternoon focuses on preparation for the inevitable distractions and contains some solid advice on setting yourself up for success.
Ballantyne’s explanation for putting goal-setting last in his book made sense to me, “It’s no good to have big goals and dreams if you don’t have the right tools and foundation in place to achieve them.”
I have personally found over the years that it is easier for me to get clarity around my goals and vision if I have good structural habits in place that move me in what I know is a positive direction, even if I am not entirely sure of the details of the destination. Those structural habits, as I see results, begin to provide clarity.
For example, if my “goal” is vague, like “be more energetic,” knowing that a commonly accepted “good” habit like “drink more water” has a high likelihood of moving me in the right direction.
I’ve been using The Perfect Day Formula for the past couple of years as part of my annual planning cycle. I typically choose an idea in the book, implement it, let it become a habit, check results, then choose another. I’ll use other books if I need a deeper dive into a concept.