It was September of 2021 and my wife just had a hip replacement.
We couldn’t find anyone to hire to help us, but we did have some neighbors bring food and help with the kids here and there.
My wife had to stay in bed for at least 4 weeks, with me assisting her to go to the bathroom, shower and I would bring food for her to eat.
I also have 3 kids to take care of, one of them was a baby.
I had to get them up and ready and take the 2 bigger ones to school, and put them to bed at night.
I had to clean the house, with the exception of our house cleaners coming 2 times in a month.
I also worked the entire time she was out of commission (12 weeks).
I also kept up my morning routine (working out, meditation, visualization).
I was also launching my 3rd version of my Leveraging LinkedIn course.
I was also creating content on multiple platforms and starting my Mindset Hackers podcast.
I was also creating 2-4 videos a month for my YouTube channel.
I was also spending 2-3 hours learning...
I always get asked about my schedule, which looks like this:
It seems like a lot but I’ve been able to keep up what I call a highly productive schedule for well over a year now without burnout.
How do I do it?
In the most recent episode of the Mindset Hackers podcast...
Daylight savings time changed the course of my life.
I know that's a bold statement but it's true, here's what happened:
For my entire life, Fall DST was the day when you get an extra hour to sleep in!
After a few days you start to normalize to the new schedule.
In my days as a club promoter and DJ, it even meant an extra hour of partying, not to mention it often fell on Halloween night (the best clubbing night of the year).
But in 2018 on DST, for just one day out of my life, I decided to keep that hour for my personal development instead of sleeping in.
That extra hour was pure 'me' time, and put even in front of my workouts.
This is how I pay myself first with time.
I've now had 1000+ hours of meditation, reading books, listening to podcasts, journaling and visualization.
My stress level is virtually non-existent, my happiness and joy are through the roof and my income is extremely abundant because of the opportunities that have unfolded.
I only made the switch once and that hour...
I want to challenge you on how you view time (and time management).
There is a big difference between being productive and being ‘busy’.
Productivity is quantifiable.
Busy is just a feeling, and a feeling of lack.
Think about all the people that have vast sums of money but never feel like they have enough, or always worried that it will be taken away.
Time is the same way.
We live in an age of more convenience & tools for efficiency than ever, but are people are any less busy?
If you live in what I call a ‘chronic state of busy-ness’, you are worried about things that haven’t happened yet, therefore thinking about the future and not the now.
Time seems to go by so fast.
Kids grow up in a blink of an eye.
You knock off massive checklists, but it does not feel like you are going anywhere.
When someone asks, ‘how are you?’, you respond ‘busy’.
Most of my days contain the following: