How would you like to take 150 days from your business every year? (And not the type of day where you check your email once or twice) These are complete days away from the running of your business.
I mean – didn’t we all go into business because of a drive to achieve freedom and fulfilment?
I know I did.
Taking 150 days every year really is an achievable goal. The thing is, we have to be EXTREMELY disciplined in the short term to achieve this.
What Do You Do With Your Time?
Time is such a strange thing. It waits for no-one.
Did you know that by freeing up just 1 hour per week, you have an extra week at the end of a year?
Also – if you get up just 1 hour earlier – you live an extra week a year? Just one decision could allow you and your family to take that holiday…
To take 150 days off per year isn’t as hard as you might imagine. It requires you to tighten up your week and to start working under what I call ‘kung fu’ productivity.
Sadly most people tend to waste so much time.
How To Achieve “Kung Fu” Productivity
The following list is how you can achieve ‘kung fu’ productivity. When implemented, this list can enable an entrepreneur to take 150 days off every year. These are full days away from your business. This is why we went into business in the first place isn’t it?
- 1. A Stop Doing list is more important that a to do list.
What can you stop doing during you day/week/quarter/year?
- 2. Shrink your 1 hour meetings into 30 minute meetings.
30 minute meetings into 15 minute meetings.
Every 5 minutes count.
- 3. Minimise face to face meetings. Use Skype, online meeting platforms. Driving can be stressful.
- 4. Invest one hour planning your week. This will seriously double your productivity.
- 5. Invest 10 minutes at the end of the day planning your day tomorrow .
- 6. Eliminate Time Vampires from your life – the people that suck your time. You know who they are. If you don’t speak up, you are letting them walk on you. You have to be tough with how people use your time.
- 7. Work in 50 minute blocks. I call them 50 minute sprints. I find I can get so much done in 50 minutes. It’s good to have 10 minutes off after this. Move as fast as you can.
- 8. Every day make it your duty to write down your top 3 things you want to achieve. Commit to getting these done.
- 9. Ask yourself – will working on this task lead to making money? We are all in the business to make money – many entrepreneurs can get caught in tasks that don’t achieve this.
- 10. Don’t turn on your phone till 12pm. Be ruthless with this. You can call them back.
- 11. Hire a PA/VA. You need someone to deal with business interruptions. You need to get yourself away from anything or anyone that can interrupt you.
- 12. Work from a home office (where you can’t be distracted). It’s amazing how much work you can get done without a team interrupting you.
- 13. If you can’t work at home, then implement a closed door policy. I don’t believe an open door policy works. How the hell do you get things done if you are always interrupted?
- 14. Start the day with a walk/exercise. This builds energy. The more energy you have, the faster you will work and the more you will achieve.
- 15. Delegate. Pass over as much work as you can to others. You can’t do everything.
- 16. Stop emailing. Get out of the habit of spending/wasting time clearing your email inbox. There are probably very few emails that will lead you to your goals.
- 17. Listen to audio CD’s or read business education books. This builds belief and belief fuels energy and energy gets things done.
- 18. Eat the frog. Do the hardest task of the day first.
- 19. Work to 3-5 quarterly objectives. If you are not clear on your quarterly objectives, then you are just not serious. Go back and get a job.
- 20. Constantly ask ‘Is this the best use of my time right now’
- 21. Turn your computer off – work with a phone/note pad. Do this at least once per week and watch how much you can achieve.
- 22. Say no more than yes. Don’t overload your back.
- 23. Stay in touch, but be out of reach.
- 24. Stop trying to change you, change your environment. A new environment is sometimes all it takes to get you motivated again. Sometimes when my energy is low – I work from a cafe.
- 25. Default diary. Keep your days consistent. Do the same things at certain times each week.
- 26. Get away from noise. When we are in the zone – without interference – now this is where we can achieve.
When you implement the enclosed list, the next step is to simply plan into your calendar the 150 days you intend to take off.
You won’t take them off unless you plan to do so in the first place.
The strange thing is, when you start taking off considerable time, you are happier, stress free and more inclined to achieve more when you are at work – so you will actually create more success than someone who doesn’t take this time out.
Entrepreneurs are business people. We need to stop and rest. This will pay dividends on your success in the long run.
So go and book some time out.
Til next time,