Everyday, we have a full plate, between The Morning Adam™ and The Business Creators’ Institute™.
Our business model is simple – we work with a select, tiny, handpicked group of clients helping them Win at the Game of Business and Marketing™ by implementing smart marketing, technological, and organizational practices that free them to spend less time editing and maintaining, and more time educating and monetizing.
That sounds small, but it’s about 100 things a day.
Plus throw in the contribution book we have about to hit the market, the book our Editor-In-Chief is launching before February, ala carte trainings and consultations, and developing our new 2017 curriculum (see what we did there?) and it’s two handfuls.
Many Business Creators face the same hurdles. So we thought we’d help out by sharing a few of our
Simple Billionaire Strategies For Using The Same 24 Hours Everyone Else Has
We’ll briefly describe them, and invite your questions.
1) We have not one, but FOUR “to-do” lists.
They are all updated at the end of the day, except for one, which is obviously updated three times a day:
- Our plan for the month
- Our plan for the week
- Our plan for the day
- Our plan for the next three hours
The only one that sits on our desk is the “three hour” plan. Its gets updated twice (in 3 hour intervals) and then at the end of the day, in planning for the next morning.
2) We don’t look at e-mail, phones, Skype, or social media until we’ve made money for the day.
Leading the day with a win, means no day is a complete waste. That way, even if all that “noise” is a Debbie Downer, we approach it on a winning streak.
3) We don’t answer the phone unless it’s a scheduled call.
Only members of our top-level consulting program have our Skype, with access to type “got a sec?” if a quick chat is needed. Simple logic: you take care of your own circle, and don’t let randoms pick your brain or benefit from failing to invest properly.
We keep our smartphones turned off. There is no texting for business. NONE.
And, if you’re making an unscheduled call, you’ll need to jump through a couple hoops (“please state your name and press the # key, then wait while we attempt to locate your party”). Since very few telemarketing programs are capable of leaping these hoops, we’re not getting a whole lot of sales calls coming in, which is nice.
4) We don’t make outgoing unscheduled calls unless it’s really, really important.
If you see our toll-free number on your Caller ID, you know something’s up. It’s not us just calling to whisper sweet nothings in your ear.
5) We stick to business during business hours.
6) At the same time, we don’t have standard business hours.
If there’s a deadline to meet, we do everything we can to meet it. Even more importantly, we respect and honor that creativity cannot always be summoned on-demand between the hours of 9 to 5 with an hour for lunch. If creativity happens at a different time, we roll with it.
7) We always have a “hard stop” to the time available for work.
Work has a way of filling all the time you allocate to it. Knowing that your workday is limited because you have other plans means you’ll move faster and more efficiently (or learn to be more efficient) since there’s not a whole lot of time to waste.
8) We schedule distractions.
This means, we check up on news and current events once per day, at a time of our choosing – yes, somewhere in one of those 3-hour batches you’ll find a line item called “check the news”. No more than 30 minutes is allocated.
There are also specific blocks for scanning social media news feeds, liking and commenting, etc.
9) No multitasking.
We handle our work surgically.
10) No time wasted on extraneous decisions.
Our Editor-In-Chief is one of those people who has 10 copies of the same outfit in his closet. Eliminating the need to color-coordinate or think “what am I wearing today” puts more time back for more important things.
Same with lunch.
Even before all of this, though,
11) We start every day right.
Even before we do something to make money, based on the three-hour plan that was filled out at the end of the previous day so we don’t need to check e-mail or project softwares to see what we’re doing first, we set ourselves up for success.
And speaking of days,
12) We honor and respect all official United States and Canadian holidays – which means we shut it down on those holidays.
Time and time again, we see the “round robin” in other organizations where, sometimes, it feels like the various people on the call try to out-do each other with “oh, I’ll be working so just call me” when describing their holiday plans.
Same with “I’m around all weekend working”, which happens every week.
So you can need a different day to recuperate from the onset of dragon-ass?
Holidays are for a reason.
Marketing e-mails and social media posts can all be pre-scheduled.
Just Remember What We Said Before
Refer back to the wake-up call for those who believe in reincarnation.