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Plan The Work – Work The Plan

We’re unlocking the nitty-gritty of planning the work and working the plan today. Before we dive in, a quick shout-out to my book, “Words Fucking Matter,” available on Amazon in hardcover, softcover, ebook, and audio book formats.

Now, as I was gearing up for this episode, I found myself revisiting my own book. It’s funny how the words I penned still serve as a well of inspiration for me. I’ve stitched together a culmination of experiences and insights that have guided me through life. And a key principle I’ve held onto, echoing back from my early military days, is this: plan the work, work the plan.

In the military, we used to say that no plan survives first contact. It’s a reality check that unexpected challenges will arise. But having a solid plan, complete with contingency measures, is far better than navigating the chaos without one. And that’s where the power of language comes in – it leads the variable, setting the stage for proactive responses.

In my daily routine, honed over the years, I’ve integrated habits that position me for success. Starting with the morning, I wake up at 6:15 to a pre-heated house, setting the tone for a motivated day. A consistent routine helps me seamlessly transition from bed to work mode in just 10 minutes.

But here’s the kicker – I don’t touch coffee for the first 90 minutes of my day. Decaf in the morning has become my secret weapon against the notorious afternoon crash. I don’t touch it until 8am. Intermittent fasting until noon is another tool in my arsenal, providing a disciplined approach to hunger and focus.

Throughout the workday, I stay on top of things with scheduled check-ins and a daily 4:30 PM meeting to review the next day’s schedule. And yes, my meticulously planned calendar may seem overwhelming to some, but to me, it’s a roadmap to high productivity.

Evenings are about balance. Leaving my laptop at work prevents the intrusion of work into my personal space. I’ve transformed potential bad habits into good ones, opting for volleyball, gym sessions, and documentaries for relaxation.

The bedtime routine is non-negotiable, with a gentle reminder at 11 PM to hit the hay for my essential seven hours of sleep. And if I need to catch up on work, Saturday mornings offer a quiet, focused time.

Now, I challenge you. Reflect on your best days. What worked? What didn’t? Identify habits that no longer serve you and replace them with positive alternatives. Small changes in the right direction can lead to significant improvements. Share your routines with me; let’s learn and grow together. Shoot me an email at or connect on LinkedIn. Appreciate you joining me – find your routine, and as always, do the fucking thing, tell the fucking world, and show the fuck up!

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Andy Weins

Andy Weins is a fourth-generation entrepreneur, Veteran of the U.S. Army, and speaker. Through consulting, teaching, podcasting, and writing, he is an enthusiastic supporter of Veterans, entrepreneurs, community engagement, individual empowerment, and the environment.

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