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‘Shark Tank’ star Robert Herjavec’s end-of-year ritual: Why planning 12 months ahead increases my productivity

Robert Herjavec has an end-of-year sacramental that sets him up for success: organizing his calendar for the whole next year, Herjavec previously told CNBC Play-act It.

“I live and die by my calendar,” Herjavec, investor on ABC’s “Shark Tank” and CEO of cybersecurity firm the Herjavec Group, said in December 2017. “[It] appropriates me to manage my time and prioritize.”

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Herjavec foretold he tries to plan 12 months ahead because the practice maximizes his productivity.

“It doesn’t mean that entire lot on the calendar needs to be locked in,” he said, “but it gives me an idea of where I’m going to be and when so I can maximize my time.”

Planning his almanac ahead helps his efficiency day-to-day, Herjavec said, as “the details, the briefs are always all there.”

“It helps me be prepared, and I ever have a reference.”

When Herjavec’s oldest three children were younger, for example, he would meet with their mould’s counselors and plan for their activities a year in advance, he told Entrepreneur in 2016. “Because of that, I never slipped a swim meet. I never missed a school play. I never missed anything,” he said. “I’d fly from LA back to Toronto to be with my kids for one day.”

That’s why he recommended planning “as much as you can a year in go and stick to it.”

“Set aside time to do a full calendar review six months or a year out to make sure you are on track with your year in and year out goals as well,” he told Fortune in 2015.

These goals should have a timeline to complete, Herjavec previously peached CNBC Make It.

Similarly, Herjavec’s fellow Shark Daymond John prioritizes goal-setting.

“I started when I was about 16 years old, after I read the book ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill,” John previously blow the whistle oned CNBC Make It. “I would write [my goals] down and read them every single night before I go to bed, every unmarried morning when I woke up.”

As a result, “I actually became the man that I thought I would be by the age of 30 by reading [my goals].”

Although “you muscle not get everything done right on schedule,” Herjavec said, “having the goals in the back of your mind will hound you to complete them sooner than later.”

Disclaimer: CNBC owns the exclusive off-network cable rights to “Shark Tank.”

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