It’s been almost three years since I posted this about Strategic Coach. I got such great feedback on my “Entrepreneurial Time System” blog post that I thought I would take a minute to update you on how things are going.
Before I do, read my original post if you haven’t:
I know it sounds glamorous, but being self-employed is hard. It’s so easy to fall into that trap of working day and night, around the clock…
Is that you?
- Do you check your email day and night?
- Work around the clock?
- Spend all your time working IN your business, instead of focusing ON it?
That was me. And I found that when I tried NOT to work… When I tried to take a whole, uninterrupted day away from the computer…
I couldn’t! I was twitchy and had no idea what to do with myself. I had become obsessed. Totally one-dimensional.
And so what I learned from Strategic Coach has proven invaluable in adding some dimension back to my life. Strategic Coach suggests you split your time into three types of days:
Free Days: Free Days are not mandatory, they are required. Free Days are 24 hours, from midnight to midnight… completely unplugged. No email, no work, no phone. I am not even supposed to read books that relate to work.
Buffer Days: These are days where I plan, delegate, and generally complete any work that I have to get done. This includes administrative stuff, blogging, social networking stuff, customer support emails, meetings, etc. etc.
Focus Days: Focus Days are days where I spend almost all of my time doing “focus” activities, which are basically activities that center around my unique abilities, and directly affect my bottom line and the growth of my business. For me this means working on new projects and content, and setting up partnerships and joint venture opportunities.
So how’s it going?
Well… It’s going great!
But at first it was very, very difficult to commit myself to a set schedule. It still is, honestly.
Typically I make Friday and Saturday my free days.
Sunday is a buffer day, Monday is a focus day, Tuesday a buffer day, and Wednesday’s are generally focus days. Thursday is a buffer day.
This gives me two days a week completely unplugged, and two days a week doing only activities that grow my business.
By the end of the year I hope to move towards three focus days a week… And three free days!
I suggest you try it out… You might just find that you get more done, and add some balance to your life, and generally feel better and grow your business faster.
I hope this helps!
P.S. – Strategic Coach has some great information available for free on their website… Check out their ” Ten Freedoms Of The Smart Entrepreneur” report here: