Time Freedom

Time Freedom Explained

With Lead Business Advisor – Alan Short

Full Transcript

I want to talk to you about the book that I’ve been working on for the last six weeks.

The book’s called Time Freedom, and it’s about getting 10 hours back in your week, every week, for the rest of your life, and getting that back in the next 60 days!

Why 10 hours?

If you are working 50, 60, 70, 80 hours a week, then getting back 10 hours is a significant amount of time, but it’s not unrealistic.

Why 60 days, or eight weeks?

It’s a reasonable time to commit to implementing this program.

It’s not too quick that you’re going to break things, and it’s not too slow that you’re not going to see progress as you move. So it’s about getting that 10 hours a week back, in the next 60 days. And it’s aimed especially at business owners, but it can equally be applicable if you’re a manager of a team.

A lot of what we’re going to be talking about will relate to business owners, but if you’ve got a team this will be good for you as well. There’ll be plenty that you can take away from it.

The whole book is written around a model

I want to talk you through that model.  We look at three things that we focus on:

  1. How you are using your energy
  2. How you’re focusing your time
  3. What you’re doing with your team.

I will talk you through each of the three sides of this triangle as we go.

Your energy

So if we just look at your energy for the moment.  If you are like most business owners, or most leaders of a decent sized team, then you are really probably busy and stressed. There’s more work that you can get done, and you’re drowning under all the work that’s there.

Wouldn’t it be much better to live a life where you are relaxed and effective, where you are getting work pushed out at a really effective rate and really productive for the time that you put in, and you’re relaxed?

You’re not having that buzzed energy, you’re relaxed and you’re smooth.

Move from being stressed to being effective

The two ways that we do this is if we define the goals of what we want, where we want to be using our time. Part of defining those goals is a process where we set the boundaries, and particularly setting the boundaries around when we work.

So often as business owners and managers of a team, we let work creep into what would normally be considered our time. And it creeps and it creeps and it creeps over time. And in the end, all we do is work. And that really impacts on the people around us, especially the close relationships that we might have with our partner, or our children, because we’re never available for them.

So it’s really important to set some boundaries, so that you can equally share in your time with your family, with your friends, and of course, looking after yourself. So when we talk about energy, that’s what we’re going to be talking about.

Your focus

The next side of the triangle is your focus.

For most of us, when we are not thinking about what we’re doing, we are reactive. We’re responding to things as they come to us.

What we want to do is move from being reactive to being proactive. To being on the front foot. You’d have come across business owners or managers who always seemed to be relaxed, effective, but they also always seem to be on the front foot.

They seem to be delivering things before they’re asked to.

All those little things that come up, and emergencies that come up, never seem to come up for them. That’s because they’re proactive.

Proactive

They’re proactive, because they are doing the right work. They’re doing important work, and important urgent work, rather than just doing the busy work that we so often get caught up in. They’re also doing this thing called ‘batching your time’.

Batching

If you’ve followed me on social media, you would have heard me talk about batching your time. What we tend to do is, jump from one thing to another, and continually get interrupted. Every interruption takes time away from what we were doing.

If we batch our time and spend focused time working on one or two things, we get so much more done in our day, and that allows us to be proactive, because we’re now ahead of everything, rather than playing catch up, and just responding all the time.

Your team

And the final part of the puzzle, is your team.

Often, we are not given the tools as we get promoted, or as we take over owning a business, on how to manage our team.

What we start with is this distrust of people. We all go through this phase, and some of us get stuck there, where we micromanage our team.

This is where we effectively become the one head for all of their arms. And that only gets you so far before all the balls that you are juggling start to fall to the ground, and you start forgetting things and people are sitting there doing nothing.

What we need to do is move our team, from us micromanaging them, to them being independent and productive.

Now, to do this, we’ve got to do two things. And again, if you follow me on social media, these things are going to be familiar to you.

We are going to need to create problem solvers.

We’re going to need to create and train our team to solve problems for themselves, because in reality, what we’ve been doing is training them to come to us for the solution.

One of the methods that we do that, as well as teaching  them to be able to solve problems, is we also start redirecting problems that should be handled by someone else, to the right person.

Time Freedom

So that’s the overall process we go through to get you time freedom.

Implement all of these stages over the next 60 days, or eight weeks, and you will be working at least 10 hours less.

I’ve implemented this going deeper and deeper, and harder and harder on this. In my fire protection maintenance business, I now work, on average, two hours every day to run a 21 person, multi-million dollar business. I still get everything that I need to get done as the CEO and Marketing Manager for that business.

If you’d like to find out more, contact me. We can start a conversation about how you can start being more relaxed and effective at work, being proactive on the front foot, and having a team that are independent and productive.

Hope you found this helpful.
Talk soon.

Full Transcript

I want to talk to you about the book that I’ve been working on for the last six weeks.

The book’s called Time Freedom, and it’s about getting 10 hours back in your week, every week, for the rest of your life, and getting that back in the next 60 days!

Why 10 hours?

If you are working 50, 60, 70, 80 hours a week, then getting back 10 hours is a significant amount of time, but it’s not unrealistic.

Why 60 days, or eight weeks?

It’s a reasonable time to commit to implementing this program.

It’s not too quick that you’re going to break things, and it’s not too slow that you’re not going to see progress as you move. So it’s about getting that 10 hours a week back, in the next 60 days. And it’s aimed especially at business owners, but it can equally be applicable if you’re a manager of a team.

A lot of what we’re going to be talking about will relate to business owners, but if you’ve got a team this will be good for you as well. There’ll be plenty that you can take away from it.

The whole book is written around a model

I want to talk you through that model.  We look at three things that we focus on:

  1. How you are using your energy
  2. How you’re focusing your time
  3. What you’re doing with your team.

I will talk you through each of the three sides of this triangle as we go.

Your energy

So if we just look at your energy for the moment.  If you are like most business owners, or most leaders of a decent sized team, then you are really probably busy and stressed. There’s more work that you can get done, and you’re drowning under all the work that’s there.

Wouldn’t it be much better to live a life where you are relaxed and effective, where you are getting work pushed out at a really effective rate and really productive for the time that you put in, and you’re relaxed?

You’re not having that buzzed energy, you’re relaxed and you’re smooth.

Move from being stressed to being effective

The two ways that we do this is if we define the goals of what we want, where we want to be using our time. Part of defining those goals is a process where we set the boundaries, and particularly setting the boundaries around when we work.

So often as business owners and managers of a team, we let work creep into what would normally be considered our time. And it creeps and it creeps and it creeps over time. And in the end, all we do is work. And that really impacts on the people around us, especially the close relationships that we might have with our partner, or our children, because we’re never available for them.

So it’s really important to set some boundaries, so that you can equally share in your time with your family, with your friends, and of course, looking after yourself. So when we talk about energy, that’s what we’re going to be talking about.

Your focus

The next side of the triangle is your focus.

For most of us, when we are not thinking about what we’re doing, we are reactive. We’re responding to things as they come to us.

What we want to do is move from being reactive to being proactive. To being on the front foot. You’d have come across business owners or managers who always seemed to be relaxed, effective, but they also always seem to be on the front foot.

They seem to be delivering things before they’re asked to.

All those little things that come up, and emergencies that come up, never seem to come up for them. That’s because they’re proactive.

Proactive

They’re proactive, because they are doing the right work. They’re doing important work, and important urgent work, rather than just doing the busy work that we so often get caught up in. They’re also doing this thing called ‘batching your time’.

Batching

If you’ve followed me on social media, you would have heard me talk about batching your time. What we tend to do is, jump from one thing to another, and continually get interrupted. Every interruption takes time away from what we were doing.

If we batch our time and spend focused time working on one or two things, we get so much more done in our day, and that allows us to be proactive, because we’re now ahead of everything, rather than playing catch up, and just responding all the time.

Your team

And the final part of the puzzle, is your team.

Often, we are not given the tools as we get promoted, or as we take over owning a business, on how to manage our team.

What we start with is this distrust of people. We all go through this phase, and some of us get stuck there, where we micromanage our team.

This is where we effectively become the one head for all of their arms. And that only gets you so far before all the balls that you are juggling start to fall to the ground, and you start forgetting things and people are sitting there doing nothing.

What we need to do is move our team, from us micromanaging them, to them being independent and productive.

Now, to do this, we’ve got to do two things. And again, if you follow me on social media, these things are going to be familiar to you.

We are going to need to create problem solvers.

We’re going to need to create and train our team to solve problems for themselves, because in reality, what we’ve been doing is training them to come to us for the solution.

One of the methods that we do that, as well as teaching  them to be able to solve problems, is we also start redirecting problems that should be handled by someone else, to the right person.

Time Freedom

So that’s the overall process we go through to get you time freedom.

Implement all of these stages over the next 60 days, or eight weeks, and you will be working at least 10 hours less.

I’ve implemented this going deeper and deeper, and harder and harder on this. In my fire protection maintenance business, I now work, on average, two hours every day to run a 21 person, multi-million dollar business. I still get everything that I need to get done as the CEO and Marketing Manager for that business.

If you’d like to find out more, contact me. We can start a conversation about how you can start being more relaxed and effective at work, being proactive on the front foot, and having a team that are independent and productive.

Hope you found this helpful.
Talk soon.

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