Episode 115: Learn How to Plan More Effectively Like Sean Ackerman

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Sean Ackerman You Leading You

Sean Ackerman

Sean Ackerman wants to apply his 25+ years of experience of building success through systematic planning by showing you how to plan more effectively to reduce your stress and achieve your goals. He recently launched the You Leading You Podcast.

The aftermath of Hurricane Irene in 2011 left Sean and his family were homeless. Fortunately they were on vacation when the storm struck.  Sean and his family dove into rebuilding their lives. Stress from their recover efforts followed by a particularly stressful period at work for Sean landed him in the emergency room.  This event led him to realize that he needed to make a big change in his life.

Sean  started by planning his time more effectively. He also started journaling as a way to clear his mind, even though he says he was never much of a writer.

Eventually he was inspired to start his You Leading You podcast to help others manage their time more effectively as he learned to do. He admits his podcast has increased his workload, but because of his time management habits, it hasn’t added more stress to his life.

Key UnStuckable Takeaway

Make more effective use of your time by planning!

Time is one of the most, if not the most, valuable assets we all have. If we don’t properly plan out our time, we will end up wasting it.

There are many different planning methods, so choose one that works best for you.  Try out a few different options and choose the one that you can stick to using on a daily basis. Get a notebook, a calendar, a note taking app on your phone, or record voice memos.

Effective planning will help you to get more done while also reducing your stress levels.

Quick Action to Get Unstuck

Do just one thing today.

Find one small action that will move you towards your goal and get it done today. If your goal is to lose weight, your goal could be creating a calorie consumption chart to use. You don’t have to write your action down or start writing out a plan. Just pick an action and get going.

Sean’s Visualization Board

Sean Ackerman's Visualization Board

UnStuckable Quotes From Sean

“I had always been an introvert.”

“The reason I landed in the ER was that I never really unwound after losing the house.”

“We need to focus on achieving the important milestones in our lives.”

“My wife has been amazingly supportive.”

“As I’ve added the additional workload on, I haven’t really gained any stress.”

“To produce some quality, you have to take time, energy, and resources.”

“We have to concentrate our energies where it will gain us the most momentum.”

“A good plan itself has a good system around it.”

“Man made it to the moon, we can pretty much do anything we want.”

“Time is the most valuable item that we need to look at.”

“When do you take action? Often.”

More Habits & Actions

  • To help clear his mind, Sean keeps a journal. Although he never considered himself much of a writer, keeping a journal allows Sean to get his thoughts out of the forefront of his mind so he doesn’t have to focus on them.
  • Keep your core values in mind. Sean lost almost all of his possessions during Hurricane Irene. It was this that made him realize he had to focus on what is really important in life.
  • Hold yourself accountable. If you want to reach a goal, you have to be accountable to yourself.
  • Sean says to avoid micromanaging your time, split your time into chunks instead. These are easier to manage and you won’t waste time trying to plan out every minute of your day.
  • Take imperfect actions. Don’t waste time trying to get something perfect. You’ll just waste time tinkering with something that is probably good enough already.
  • If you find yourself constantly carrying tasks over from the previous day, you need to reevaluate your process. You may have over-scheduled yourself and should aim to fix that.



Getting Things Done by David Allen

Quiet by Susan Cain


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey


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