entrepreneurial time management: how i rock it

There’s so much that I want to do this lifetime: take my boy to India and Morocco; write the next bestseller; hang with people who make me laugh my ass off and make me think. So naturally, I’m interested in being both uber productive and deeply fulfilled.

I’ve tried every day timer. I’ve trained with Covey himself. My Blackberry is synced with my universe. My get-stuff-done-system is a mix of systems. But, by far the greatest booster to my productivity has been the Entrepreneurial Time Management system, created by Dan Sullivan.

I stumbled across an article last year, and it was a Eureka! moment. And now I just do it, almost religiously, simply.

WORKING THE ENTREPRENEURIAL TIME MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

FREE DAYS: LET IT ROLL
Weekends are footloose…play, party, veg, nest. Sullivan suggests taking 100 free days a year, including your holidays and vacations. {How civilized!} I try to hold Sundays as extra sacred, which means no computer, some devotional reading, extra snuggles, phone calls to the oldies.

TWO BUFFER DAYS: NIGGLIES + PURE FUN
Monday is my “niggly buffer day.” (You can make your buffer days any day of the week.) Buffer days are for loose ends, and for preparing for “focus days.” This is when I return emails; deal with tech bugs and social media updating; I make appointments and pay bills. On my Monday buffer day, I do the stuff that feels like it’s getting in the way when I want to do the Important Stuff that makes me happy and makes me money.

On my Monday buffer day, I set myself up to rock out for the following three days. I make sure I have editorial contacts that I need, I sketch out my writing ideas. I even make sure my i-Pod is synced so I can, quite literally rock out for the rest of the week. Mondays feel great. Like the warm up number for a super musical.

Friday is my “play buffer day.” Friday is when I conduct my Fire Starter calls with clients. It’s a great way to end the week … on a total inspirational high. In between clients I do fun research, surf, buy books, go through my pile of magazine tears and wandering sticky notes of what hopefully will be a genius insight.

FOCUS DAYS: LIKE A LASER, BABY
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are my full tilt focus days. This is when I do what I do best … and what I do best generates my livelihood. On focus days, I write and write some more. I jam with fellow thinkers and media folk, and then I write some more. I work on content products for clients or think through speaking gigs. Think. Jam. Write.

If I get an email on a focus day that doesn’t support my focus…it waits ‘til Friday, or Monday. I push away the temptation to be all things to all people. I let the phone ring. Having three consecutive days to focus on what’s most meaningful builds momentum. And by the end of the three days, I feel satiated and assured that I am feeding my soul and my family in every way.

Uber productive. Deeply fulfilled. Highly recommended.

What systems work for you?

related posts
Affiliates.MarieForleo.BSchool2019_Email.5.SocialShare

B-School countdown + a surprise!

Whether you’re an artist, a healer, a business owner with a growing team… you know that leveraging online tools is how you make greater impact with your craft. Instead of spending 2019 staring at the screen, get yourself a feminist squad to help you go for it. Speaking of… Registration for Marie Forleo’s B-School is open now! Which also means—today we unveil our NEW B-School bonus. I’ve never offered this before, and we’re stoked.

-the-principles-of-active-waiting-vs-feeling-like-a-loser-losing-your-mind-kind-of-waiting-vs-losing-your-mind-1

The Principles of Active Waiting vs. feeling-like-a-loser, losing-your-mind kind of waiting…

I was at a friend’s cluttered apartment and he was saying how much he wanted to have a live-in girlfriend. And I was like, “Dude, where would she put her stuff?” He got his tidy on to make space for the live-in love he was waiting to find. That’s active waiting — happily preparing for what you trust is on its way to you.

Hey FS People

What would Oprah do? 8 (fun!) strategic planning questions.

What would Oprah do? 8 (fun!) strategic planning questions. Your answers can be loose and pie in the sky—let your imagination run.

Affiliates.MarieForleo.BSchool2019_Email.4.SocialShare

I’ve never offered this before…

Whether you’re an artist, a healer, a business owner with a growing team… you know that leveraging online tools is how you make greater impact with your craft. Instead of spending 2019 staring at the screen, get yourself a feminist squad to help you go for it. Speaking of… Registration for Marie Forleo’s B-School is open now! Which also means—today we unveil our NEW B-School bonus. I’ve never offered this before, and we’re stoked.

Affiliates.MarieForleo.BSchool2019_Email.3.SocialShare

Bring me your questions, fears, dreams—we’re going DEEP.

Sell your art (for a profit). Reach people with your words. Grow your clientele. Earn good money—with integrity—because that’s how sustainable success happens.

build strength by Danielle LaPorte

Build strength

Build strength through: reflection.
Build strength through: joy.
Build strength through: stillness.
Build strength through: action.

Affiliates.MarieForleo.BSchool2019_Email.2.SocialShare

this video has been getting a LOT of attention

What are you willing to do for your creative dream? Are you willing to transform? To give it up; be the fool; re-write your story; not recognize yourself; believe differently; be something, someone, you have not yet known? It does take a “miracle mindset”. And…

Some marketing know-how. Cosmic meets pragmatism.

Affiliates.MarieForleo.BSchool2019_Email.1.SocialShare

You were born for this. See what I mean…

We believe in something bigger than ourselves. We understand that the cultural obsession with productivity is killing our joy & harming the planet. We KNOW the world needs leaders who uphold a triple bottom line—economic, social, environmental. So. This message is for you. (Especially if you’re a Creative, a teacher, a leader, an entrepreneur—or want to be.)

How to be wildly successful

How to be wildly successful—on your terms

If you’ve been trying to turn your business or art into a profitable vehicle that makes a difference in the world, I’m all in to help make that happen. There is Soul work involved. There are no shortcuts. But, I’ve got some stories and ideas that could help with learning curves and obstacles…

Naked Prayer

Naked prayer.

I’ve always prayed. To heal. To have. I pray for people I love and people I have a hard time liking. I’ve sat in prayer circles petitioning rain and for someone’s cancer to dissolve. I know dozens of prayers from various faiths. I’ve published prayers. Danced them. Sang them. Sweat them. In reverence, in shock, in exquisite thanks.

I pray differently now.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This