Optimize Your Schedule For Success

If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you have to master your schedule. As we start fresh in this New Year, there are exercises you can use to help you find your purpose that will also allow you to create the perfect schedule for you.

Five Exercises For Success

  1. Time Bucket: There are 168 hours in a week. How are you going to use those hours? To be successful in certain areas of  your life, you must hold yourself accountable by understanding the time in every week.
  2. My Top 5%: Challenge you to focus on your top 5% things that you can do. Time is our only resource. We often feel obligated to do things that aren’t motivating us or propelling us forward. If you’re struggling to focus on your 5%, create a list of things NOT to do and focus on breaking the habit of doing those tasks.
  3. My Perfect Day: If you could live one day over and over what would that look like? In my podcast about designing your perfect day, I talk about understanding your purpose. We can often feel frustrated, but once you take each action of life and understand it’s a stepping stone to your future, you won’t feel bothered. Write down your perfect day and discover the moments you really couldn’t live without and use that to drive you.
  4. North Star: I discuss the idea of the North Star in my book Stop Starting Over. If you’re ready to make that change and find your drive, buy the book here.
  5. Create Your New Schedule: Of course I had to create a new schedule to allow me to allot my time well during the new year. Once you write down the tasks for the day, they become nonnegotiable.

My New & Improved Schedule

Every morning my alarm goes off at 4 AM and the first thing I’m doing is focusing on breathing. I’m focusing on driving oxygen into my body, on gratitude, on love and on what I’m proud of. Most of us roll over look at our cell phones or listen to the latest tragedy on the news. If you are trying to do something great, you have to change your state of mind. You have to wake up in a good state if you want to dominate your day.

After my breathing, I like to do something I call eat and learn. I will listen to a book on audible or a podcast about a new skill or tactic in entrepreneurship, leadership, or others topics to help me develop (check out my favorite books here). Instead of scrolling through my phone, I make this time beneficial.

At 5 AM, I’m getting my interval training in. Usually, my first workout is a hard run for 20-30 minutes. I like to get the blood pumping and the energy flowing so that I can feel wide-awake ready to take on the day.

Visualization is the next step. When I’m showering and getting ready to go into the office, I visualize my day, my week and my goals. Sometimes I visualize 6 months to 12 months ahead. The goal is to see my future and desires so clearly that I become emotionally connected.

On my commute to the Burn Boot Camp office I continue my education, so I’ll listen to motivational podcasts or videos to get excited to be in the office. By 6:30 AM, I feel so confident and ready to attack my day because of my morning routine.

Establish Discipline

I’ve noticed that many people are lacking the discipline to take life to the next level. Waking up early is a great way to create a disciplinary habit. If you take the time to breathe, visualize and find joy, you will find your days to be more enjoyable.

I use the time between 6:30 AM – 8:30 AM to find solitude and brainstorm. I get out my notebook or white board and start drawing pictures, diagrams and strategies. Creating visuals of my ideas allow me to see them clearly and show others so that I can make the idea tangible.

At 8:30 AM, I’m snacking. I don’t take too much time to do this, but include it in my schedule as a reminder of my health and to use food as fuel.

From 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM, I’m connecting with my team. I dive in and pour into my team as they start coming in the office. To be a great leader means being one with your team.

At 12:00 PM, I get back to what I was listening to earlier and break my notebook out. If you want to have maximum productivity, you need to make sure your days are spent wisely. The only time you can’t buy is time. Make sure your time is working for you, not against you. Time should serve you.

Leave A Legacy

From 12:30 PM – 3:30 PM I block 90 minutes at a time for myself because I know based on being self-aware. Self-awareness is very important in figuring out your learning and understanding other people and the way they work. If I work on something longer than 90 minutes, it becomes circles in my head. If I work on something for less than 90 minutes, I feel like I am not getting anything done.

At 3:30 PM I have another snack because you have to stay fueled throughout the day.

To end my workday, from 3:30 PM – 5:10 PM, I’m back for the rest of the day taking calls and in meetings. Once I leave the office, I go get my real workout in. I’m usually taking a camp at our Lake Norman facility or doing some strength training.

After my workout, I have my post-workout meal and spend the rest of my night without technology with my kids. This is the time I look forward to the most. I cherish the hour and hour and a half with my kids.

Before bed, I spend the last few hours finalizing some tasks I didn’t finish during the day. That’s my day in a nutshell. Is it always the same? No way! When I travel, I have to tweak my schedule, but it allows me to have structure that is attainable.

I want my great great great grandchildren to look back and see that I did something to move our family forward. I don’t have a schedule like this for money. For me, I do this to leave my legacy. If it’s about money for you right now, reevaluate and find your purpose. Your purpose has to be bigger than just money. The bigger you goal, the bigger your dream means the more people are out there trying to knock you down. You must love what you do.

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