“There isn’t enough time in the day!”
How many times have you heard this statement in your life? More than you’d like to, I’m sure. My guess is you’ve probably been the one to use it a few times as well.
The thing I’ve noticed more often than not in those who have reached massive levels of success is the way they utilize their time to the fullest. Not a single minute of any day wasted. They live and die by the calendar.
There is a good chance if you wanted to look back and figure out where you went wrong in life, your calendar would give you a clear indication. If you can’t look back and track precisely what you did and when you’re missing out on measuring your success. Like they say, “What get’s measured gets improved.”
Don’t get it twisted; success comes in all shapes and sizes. For some, success means making massive amounts of money and being famous. For others, success means making enough money to support their family and loved ones while still spending time with them and enjoying their favorite hobbies or past times.
So how do you maximize your time and accomplish everything you need to do to be successful?
Step #1 – GET CLEAR ON WHAT MATTERS TO YOU!
Until you know exactly what you want to achieve in life, you will never attain it. There are a couple of ways you can figure this out.
Imagine you only have seven days to live. I know that is a bit of a scary thought but ride with me for a minute here. If you only had seven days left to live, how would you spend your time? Who would you spend it with? What sort of things would you prioritize over others? When you know what you’d focus on, you can get a clear idea of what you should be working towards enjoying every day of your life.
The other way you can get clear on what matters to you is to do something referred to as “The Perfect Day” exercise. In this exercise, you sit down and think about what you would do the day you found out you’ve “made it.” You’ve got all the money you could ever need, and all that’s left is to live the life you dream about. What would that look like for you? Write out every minute detail down to the letter for each day. What would you want to do, who would you do it with, etc.?
Step #2 – DO A TIME STUDY ON YOURSELF.
This process was first introduced to me by one of our Apex Elite coaches, Tomas Keenan. In it, you spend two weeks writing out EVERY SINGLE THING that you do, in 15-minute increments, down to the bathroom breaks, and the time you spend eating. If you want to maximize your day, you need to have a clear understanding of the things you are doing throughout.
When you come to the end of your two weeks, start going through and placing each of those tasks into four buckets.
-$10/hour: Menial tasks like laundry, dishes, filing paperwork, sending quotes, etc.
-$100/hour: Labor in your business. This could be marketing, editing content, doing the fieldwork, etc.
-$1,000/hour: Masterminding, creating systems and processes, training others to handle tasks in your business.
-$10,000+/hour: Time spent on your hobbies, with your family, and doing the things you can’t replace with money.
Now, this is a very abbreviated version of the study, and I HIGHLY recommend you go check out more at www.tomaskeenan.com to figure out other ways this time study can help you.
#3 – TIME BLOCK YOUR DAY
The last step I will share with you is to time block out your day for success. I’m going to line out my typical day, and you can take from it what you find will work best in your life. The key to this process is utilizing the above methods to understand what is important to you and then to focus on those items first.
A day in the life of Drewbie Wilson…
4:15 am: Alarm goes off, wake up and drink 20oz of water. Write down five things I am grateful for and drink a pre-workout mix.
4:30 am – 5:45 am: Cardio while listening to motivational or positive books/podcasts/youtube videos.
5:45 am – 6:15 am: Drink protein shake and get my wife and son ready for a family walk.
6:15 am – 7:15 am: Walk with family and share gratitudes. Talk about our plans for the day and what we hope to accomplish.
7:15 am – 7:45 am: Shower, eat breakfast, get things cleaned up around the house.
7:45 am – 8:15 am: Drive to work while listening to audiobooks.
8:15 am – 12 pm: Working on tasks that require minimal amounts of interaction with others. Writing emails, sending follow up messages, curating social media content, setting up the afternoon for sales calls.
12 pm – 4:30 pm: Sales Calls and Prospecting where necessary. The goal is to fill every 30 minutes with revenue-generating activities. If I’m not on a call, I am reaching out to people from my CRM and working on getting them on the calendar for the following day.
4:30 pm – 5 pm: Travel home while listening to something motivational to decompress from an afternoon of sales calls.
5 pm – 8 pm: FAMILY TIME! Dinner, play, conversation. This is the time where you put your phone away and spend time focused on the family. This is one of those $10,000/hour time slots.
8 pm – 9 pm: Respond to messages and prep for the next day. Check over the calendar and make sure all appointments are accounted for. Fill any empty slots with critical tasks.
9 pm – 10 pm: Settle in for the night, read, finish tracking wins, and writing down the lessons I’ve learned from that day. Also, spending time with my wife to make sure we communicate our goals to each other.
If you look through that list carefully, I am spending time hitting ALL FOUR AREAS OF THE GCODE!
Gratitude, Genetics, Grind, & Group.
When you can hit all four areas of the GCODE consistently, your life will be forever changed for the better, and the most elite version of yourself will be closer than you think.
The best way to track your progress is by heading over to www.gcodechallenge.com and signing up for the #0to100 program. It’s 100% free and you have nothing to lose by creating a better life for yourself.