You’ve heard me say structure, process, and routine. But a lot of times, entrepreneurs and owners start our businesses for freedom or flexibility. So you may naturally push against anything that looks like  structure or process and routine.  Although it sounds similar to discipline, which I discussed in last week’s Friday episode, but I look at it a little bit differently. 

Why Sunday Night Planning?

An example of structure, process, and routine would be communication rhythms with your team. Those rhythms could include one-to-ones and your weekly team meetings. But I want to share a meeting that is specifically with yourself, and this is roughly a sixty-minute meeting depending on the complexity of your business.

Before we get into what you should be doing during this meeting, let’s talk about when might have it. Over at BlueprintOS, we have it on Sunday nights, so we call it Sunday Night Planning. But a lot of business owners prefer doing this type of planing on Fridays or Mondays. So why do I recommend Sunday nights?

Traditionally, there are three different times people have ran this meeting with themselves. It can be Friday afternoons, Sunday evenings, or Monday mornings. Monday mornings can often be hectic, unless you wake up extremely early.

 For most people, Monday is a little too for planning. Some people try to do this on a Friday afternoon, but there are often other things are coming up on a Friday afternoon that they enjoy, so they end up not having the weekly meeting with themselves. You may be thinking, what about Saturdays? Why not Saturdays? Here at BlueprintOS, we like to architect Saturdays to be a free day. We stand by the belief that you need one day per week that you get completely away. 

If you get Saturday completely away, and then use Sunday morning to be with family, then you are taking about a day to a day and a half off. By Sunday night, if you’re following that schedule, you’re likely ready to get back to work in some way. I also think that there’s strategic value in planning out the week on Sunday night, and then wake up the next morning knowing that the week is already set into place.