In this episode we are going to talk About Time. No, not the fabulous movie starring Rachel McAdams and Domhnal Gleeson (although I’d love to chat about movies!) we’re going to be talking about the time you have each and every day.
I loved listening back to this episode because Dale and I are in quite different places with time. I have quite a lot of time and often find myself battling with problems around that where as Dale has a full time job and a full time business and often find himself quite time poor (headed on the way to burn out as he puts it).
Most new trainers are in the same boat as Dale. It’s challenging to earn a full time wage right after becoming qualified so we tend to work a job and run our training stuff on the side.
The problem is, as Dale points out, that when we get busy our diet, training and other important things go out the window which isn’t a great thing for people whose job it is to get other people to focus on these things.
However, take time out for yourself is one of the best things you can do for the other people in your life.
Dale tells us about how he’s freed up a bunch of time by outsourcing a lot of the fiddly work in his business like marketing material and advertising.
‘By letting go, I’m much happier and in a much better space’
I talk about how I recently outsource my own training by hiring a Personal Trainer to train me. He writes my programs and keeps me accountable which means I don’t have to spend time or willpower trying to work out what to train.
Dale trains with a group of friends who are trainers to keep himself accountable.
In this episode I also go over several tools that you can use to be more purposeful with your time:
The 20 Minutes Rule
For those that are time poor
Every 20 minutes counts so make use of the 20 minute gaps you have in your day with focused work. The key to this is preparation, when you know you have a 20 minute work period coming up, make sure you have everything ready to go so you’re not spending the time trying to find that client list you need or that number you were going to call. Do that in some 5-10 minute gaps you have.
The Pareto Principle
(or the 80/20 Rule)
This principle states that 80% of your businesses success comes from just 20% of the work you put into it. Find that 20% of things and focus on that.
Something to be aware of
‘Work expands to fill the time available for it’s completion’
By restricting the time we have to get things done we can actually get things done faster leaving us more time to do other things.
Interval training for your work time
One way to get more focused time is to follow this principle that has you work for 25 minutes followed by 5 minutes of rest. I like to do 3 ‘intervals’ for a total of 90 minutes at a time.
Just Stop It!
Something to do every 6-12 months
This is one of my favourite and freed up a ton of time for me. I do it periodically to stay focused. Over a couple of days, anytime you do something you find draining or don’t like, write it on a list. Once you have your list simply stop doing all those things. The world will probably keep spinning on its axis and you will feel a lot happier.
I also share one bonus mindset hack, but you’ll just have to listen to find out what that is 🙂