The world is entering a new time zone, and one of the most difficult adjustments people must make is in their fundamental concepts and beliefs about the management of time. – Dan Sullivan
I love this picture in Jack Canfield’s book because this just about paints the picture of what happened to me last year. After making a podcast, I was pulled aside for saying things that “probably” provoked other people and some people weren’t happy. I was told to stop doing the podcast and I retorted, “absolutely not. If so, I want everyone to stop having a life.”
See what I did there?
I’m a teacher and an occasional entrepreneur (soon to be full-time this year), so time for me amongst work, meeting friends, and recreation could be very thin at times. I talked about this on my last blog in terms of coming up with a unique planning system that structures our time and drop the “new years resolution” parody. So, lets talk about how to structure.
A Focus Day, in Jack Canfield’s book, is a day in which you spend at least 80% of your time operating in your core genius, or primary area of expertise – that goes with interacting with people or processes that give you the highest payoffs for the time you invest.
Example, my focus day would be creating podcasts, editing my blog, focus on my website, creating templates for my website, or coaching someone to achieve a greater level of success.
A Buffer Day is a day when you prepare and plan for a Focus or Free Day – either by learning a new skill, locating a new resource, training a support team, delegating tasks and projects to others, or traveling to a work site. Buffer Days ensures that Focus Days are productive as possible, as Jack Canfield puts it.
- No work-related activity of any kind
- Free of business meetings, emails, conferences, documents
- Not available to your staff, clients, students
- Emergencies ONLY!!
Also, use your vacation time! The Travel Industry Association of america says the average vacation time taken in 2012 was 4.3 days. What’s even more alarming is that most Americans didn’t even USE their vacation time. Why are the afraid? In the past, my employer even told me if I took a vacation, my job might not be available when I get back.
Time To Start Scheduling
- List three best Focus Days you have ever had. Write down any common elements. This will give you valuable clues as to how to create more perfect Focus Days. Plan for them.
- Meet with your boss, staff, and coworkers on how to create more Focus Days.
- Meet with your friends and family to discuss how to create more true Free Days in your life.
HOP TO IT!!
Podcast – https://www.spreaker.com/episode/9200506