Entrepreneurial Time System

The Entrepreneurial Time System

Erik Stafford here, and as a visionary, work-from-home type of person, I find that all my days are pretty much the same… I wake up, grab a coffee, and then spend my entire day dealing with whatever my voicemail or email throws at me.

I work too many hours. I work everyday, since my office is always right here, beckoning me.

I mentioned the Entrepreneurial Time System in my email yesterday. It was the core part of the Strategic Coach training I received last week in Phoenix, and it’s already making a huge impact on my energy and productivity… So I wanted to share it with you.

Basically, the Entrepreneurial Time System breaks the work week down into the following 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 podcast recording, blogging, myspace and social bookmarking stuff, customer support emails, 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 The Faster Webmaster II, and setting up partnerships and joint venture opportunities.

For me, I am going to start taking one “Free” day every week, and two “focus” days. This leaves four general “buffer” work days.

So what does this mean to you?

Well, even if you are not in a position where you can split up your time based on entire days (perhaps you have a full-time job, for example) then you can at least start by turning one weekend day into a “buffer” day (perhaps you work on side projects, or clean the house and run errands, or work on your internet business) and one weekend day into a “free” day: go ahead and unplug for an entire 24 hour period.

Read a book. Take the family somewhere. Go golfing, or go for a long walk.

In your work days, go ahead and carve out “focus” time and “buffer” time. Perhaps you check and answer emails and voicemail’s first thing in the morning, and then you turn everything off and just work on “focus” stuff until lunch.

I am taking my first full “free” day tomorrow. Wish me luck! I am taking the kids to the park, and then probably going to settle into my hammock with a good book. Maybe I will go golfing. Who knows?

Anyways, I hope you find this information as powerful as I have, and have a great weekend.