7 Days To 6 Figures Bootcamp-Day 4
Schedule Your Success
Transcript of the above video
Create a Schedule
What you need to do here is to plan your work and then work your plan.
People never plan to fail when they begin a new business or some form of new venture. The problem is that people fail to plan.
So just think to yourself for a moment – would you build anything without some sort of blueprint? Would you build a house without some form of plan or blueprint?
Would you just go to the DIY shop and get some nails and some odd bits of wood and then start to knock them together to build a house?
Well, I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t. As it happens, success is no different, so what we need to do is this…
Analysis of The NOW
The basic concept of this is to look at where you are now, and then…
- Review current work and family time
What this entails is that you review your schedule as it is now. What time you go to work. What time you have lunch. How much time you spend with the family, and what you do when you are with the family, and so on.
You need to write all this down so that you aware of it and you can then begin to build up your plan.
- Assess the wasted time (goofing off, television, video games, Facebook, etc.)
I’m always one for spending a bit of time in front of the television watching a good movie or a solid documentary. Or for that matter, spending time with the kids watching a kiddies movie.
That’s time really well spent. Nevertheless, what we are talking about here is just time-waste stuff. If you keep putting off what you ought to be doing and playing video games instead. That sort of “time-kill” stuff. Don’t make this the center-piece of the time you should be spending working.
- Write it down!
Again, write all of this down. Write down all the time that you invest in doing. Doing whatever it is that you do. Then, you can figure out from that if you are wasting time.
Or, at least you will have a better idea about it. More scope as to how you invest your day and your evenings.
Sometime between when you get home from work and when you go to bed, analyse what you’ve done for the day and then write it down. Then re-analyze. It shouldn’t necessarily take you more than half-an-hour or so.
- Decide upon the amount of time you wish to devote to your business.
Once you’ve done that you then need to…
- Determine when that time will be.
When you start to do this – when you begin to figure out when the time will be that you will invest in your business, that’s when we can begin to work out what it is that we need to do and how we are going to do it.
Creating the Business Schedule
If you are used to building businesses – be that an MLM business or whatever it might be, then you might be able to do this with relative ease.
However, if you are new to business, then it could take a lot of time investment and thought to implement this. So what we need to do here is to:
- Outline the daily routine.
- Start out with your normal work and family activities.
- Organize the exact time frames that you will focus on your new business.
Do remember that even when you are at work, there’s no doubt that you have occasional times that are “dead”. What I mean by that is, you will not be working, and you will have a little time to think about other factors in your life.
This is the time that you can consider things like your mission goals, your mantra, your success statement. It’s all time well-spent.
Organize your exact time frames that you will focus on your new business. And at this stage, what you need to do is to…
- Write out your entire week’s schedule. And be graphic with your schedule.
So, say for example, your day’s schedule looks like this:
6.30am – get up for work.
7.30am – go to work.
11am – coffee break at work.
1pm – lunch break.
3pm – coffee break.
5.30pm – leave from work to return home.
6pm – arrive at home.
6pm – 6.30 – get changed and spend time with the kids.
6.30 – have dinner with family.
7pm – spend time with the kids – watch tv – shoot some hoops – play tag – whatever.
8pm – spend time on your business.
9.30pm – send kids to bed.
9.50pm – more time invested in business.
10.50 – time together with your spouse.
11.30 – time for bed.
Write this all down on paper, and of course, allow for a bit of flexibility. For example, at weekends, this schedule will of course be different, unless you work your job 7 days each week, in which case, you are surely a slave to labor.
- Make five copies of this schedule – keep a copy in your office at home or your office at work, in your car, on the bedroom mirror, on the fridge, above your bed…
Involve your spouse and your kids in this too. Sit them down and have a family meeting. You should tell them exactly why you are doing what it is that you are doing.
You are intent on building up your income. Or you are intent on being able to spend more time with your husband or wife and your kids. You are intent on taking your family for an extra couple of holidays each year…
After explaining this, you need to get your family more involved in the whole process.
Once they are involved in the process, and they understand what it is that you are doing, they will help to keep you on track, even more so if you can also tie in family goals.
What I mean by that is, let’s say that daddy or mommy achieves their goal, then that ties in with a family goal whereby daddy or mommy takes the family out for a small celebration together, be that for dinner, to the cinema, to the zoo, etc.
Or it could be that if mommy or daddy achieves a certain larger goal, they will buy a new bike for their daughter or son.
It’s all about getting the family involved in the goal-setting process, so in turn, what will happen is that the family will keep pushing you to achieve your goals. In essence, your goals become their goals.
Basically, what will happen is that when you have cooperation from everyone in the family, you all work together as a unit. If you like, you can term this as a family ‘synergy’.
Having this family ‘synergy’ or cooperation from everyone makes your life a whole lot easier than it would be otherwise. And it becomes a routine. And a routine is basically about creating a new habit, and it tends to take about a month to create a new habit – 28 to 30 days.
Once you create a success habit, it becomes much easier to continue on down the road to success.
Treat this New Business as Your Very First Job
This is important because most of us get very enthusiastic about a new job at the start, and then that enthusiasm dissipates as time moves on.
And when it’s our own business, because we are working for ourselves, we tend to go easy on ourselves (or at least many of us do, where some of us really do beat ourselves up a whole lot if we don’t meet what we deem to be perfection).
So, if let’s say you agree with yourself that you need to be in your home office at 8.30pm each evening, 5 days per week, but you start to ‘show up’ at 8.45pm and sometimes not until 9pm, you need to reassess and treat this as your first job.
- Would you be late for your first job – ever?
You’d probably arrive each time about 15 minutes before you’re due to begin. You’d be excited about the opportunity, and keen to impress your boss or bosses.
So treat your own business as your first job and continue to treat it as such.
- Would you argue with your boss or “buck” what he or she is telling you to do?
Even if you don’t particularly like what it is they have to say, you’ll still listen and do as you’re told because this is your very first job. Or I hope you will – some of us would prefer to “buck”, I know…
So, that said, who is your boss?
- YOU – you are your own boss, so LISTEN UP!
You’re putting a blueprint together for your own success. You are doing this for YOU! So don’t “buck” yourself.
The problem is that many of us get going with entire enthusiasm, but after a week to 3 weeks, we are back to the previous schedules all over again. It does not matter what your business is, this is a BUSINESS. It is not a game. So you have to treat it as a business.
- Follow-through on your exact schedule for 28 days and include your family in what you are doing.
After all, you are going to be investing time away from your family in building your business. This is crucial, and you have to take it seriously for your success to come.
This is the foundation that you must lay for yourself. The detail of it is coming up soon, but for now, we need to lay out the foundation.
You Want to Schedule Your Schedule
You’ve got your job schedule. You’ve got your family schedule. And, you have your new business schedule.
If you can schedule some of your job time for your new business – perhaps your lunch break for example, then that would be most helpful.
As for family time – schedule your family time and try not to think about anything else. If you’ve scheduled family time for say 2.5 to 3 hours per day, then that’s the way it should remain.
Put your cell phone off. Don’t check your emails. Don’t look at anything else that’s going on – just adhere to your family time.
But when it comes to your business time, again, be very strict. You have to tell the kids that this is your time to devote to your business, and there’s to be no argument and no disruption to that time.
What I’d recommend to you is to:
- Set six daily goals and try to accomplish them all.
These daily goals can be anything in your life. It’s a case of developing a habit. They don’t have to be large goals, but they do have to be specific. But they can be goals pertaining to either your business or to your personal life.
And just as before, when you set these goals, you need to write them down. Honestly, this is nothing more than a fairly intricate to-do list.
But you do need to write down six things that you want to achieve the next day. And perhaps it’s preferable to do just prior to going to bed.
You can if you wish set three goals for your personal life and three for your business. It’s up to you, really. So you can make this a task for yourself – you cannot go to bed until you’ve set your six goals.
- When you are scheduling your schedule, don’t do any ‘busy’ work.
What I mean by ‘busy’ work is shuffling papers around, messing around with emails that are not business-focused.
It’s all too easy to mess around with email – you check out the joke emails you’ve been sent, then forward those to another four friends.
You read the email you received from your mother, then the other two you received from friends. You read through four emails about some shiny new internet marketing product or service etc. etc.
A friend of mine told me about this when cleaning up my desk at home – “touch a paper once…” Touch a paper once and actually do something with it. In other words, don’t just pick up a piece of paper and put it down on another part of the desk.
If you are cleaning your desk, it means you are cleaning your desk. Either put the paper in the trash, file it carefully for action later, or deal with the matter now, providing it’s specific to your business.
Whatever you do however, try to de-clutter your workspace. Clutter means wasted time and it can be distracting too.
I know it all too well – my partner has a TERRIBLE habit of ‘dumping’ stuff on my work desk at home – fruit, cell phones, earrings, toilet paper, hair combs – you name it, it’s there! And yes, I keep telling her not to, but she never listens…
- Include at least 1 hour per day for your education.
There are going to be things in your business that you have little to no idea about. There is of course the matter of outsourcing here, but that’s for a later date. For now, try to devote an hour per day to learning something new that will (hopefully) be of some benefit to your own business.
- Include at least 1 hour per day implementing what it is that you are learning.
Don’t just read something and think that it was or is a great idea and then forget about it. If it is such a great idea, figure out a way how you can implement it.
If you read about something that seems to be really good, but on trying to recall what it is, you can’t… (probably because you didn’t fully understand the concept),
Then write down the main points and then use Google search to find out more about it. If Google does not provide the type of answers you require, then go to your mentor/ sponsor and ask them (if you have a mentor/ sponsor at this stage).
Keep a Success Journal
The success journal will allow you to look back on what’s happening, and will allow you to make a quick assessment of your progress. When you see the progress you are making,
It helps you to maintain motivation. You’ll read through it briefly and you’ll think about everything you’ve actually learned and achieved along the pathway to your goals.
- Add at least one entry each day to your success journal.
There are a few other ‘aspects’ that you might wish to include in your success journal:
- What did you learn that day?
- What did you do on that specific day to advance your business?
- How are you feeling about your business and your progress?
How are you feeling about your new business? How are you feeling about being your own boss? Are you frustrated with progress? Are you still excited by the prospects of business success? Do you feel at all overwhelmed?
- New ideas that you are coming up with.
Although at the start of your new venture, much of it may appear to be at least somewhat hazy, once you emerge from that haze, it’s common to begin to have lots of new ideas about how you could progress your business.
Thus, if you have some ideas in the middle of the night, which is often the case, then have a pen and paper handy by your bedside, or keep a little recorder close by and record your thoughts as they arise.
You see, much of the time, when we have seemingly good or great ideas, and we don’t make a note of them, we forget them entirely.
Once you’ve created the success journal, you will want to…
Review and Tweak
Analyze your progress each week with the journal.
This is the main reason for keeping a journal. It’s an easy way to track your results and to see where you are going. And also how things are going for you.
Be honest with yourself – you are your own boss so don’t be inclined to lie to yourself. There’s no point saying that it’s been a great week when you’ve goofed off for much of the time.
If your schedule tells you that you are to work 10 hours weekly on your business, but when you analyze the true time investment, you find that you’ve only invested about half of that, then write that down.
Then you will see, that although this is a progress report – a personal progress report, your progress is not quite where it ought to be.
And if this is the case, then you know full well what you need to do in order to make more progress – quit goofing off or whatever it is that you are doing other than working on your business.
It’s particularly important to:
- Hold yourself fully accountable as to how you actually did! And that includes both the good and the bad.
On the other hand:
- Do not beat yourself up too much!
This is a new business. You have what is probably a busy life to deal with. You also have the responsibility of holding down a full-time job, and a family to invest time with (or whatever your circumstances are).
So don’t beat yourself up too much, but at the same time, do hold yourself accountable and make corrections on what you can do to improve matters.
- What do you need to work on this week?
We talked about daily goals. It’s also a good idea to have weekly goals as well. So when you are analyzing at the end of the week, that’s a good time to then consider and note down what you need to work on during the following week.
- How can you improve your business in the coming week?
Be specific and write it down.
Again, it’s about creating and setting small goals along the journey. Remember the definition of success:
“The continuous journey towards predetermined and worthwhile goals.”
What you can do to further your business in the coming week is to meet a predetermined and worthwhile goal. Be successful today and plan for your success each and every day into the future.
- Monitor and make any corrections as required.
Again, this goes back to the Torpedo Principle – monitoring as you go and making corrections as and when necessary.
Now, the next thing that you need to understand and focus wholeheartedly upon is:
Write out your initial schedule now and then sit down with your family to make any revisions.
You will be successful at your business if you commit to it. If you don’t take the preliminary steps however, the chances are that you will not take the other steps that are to follow.