Plan your time off as vigorously as you plan your work; as an entrepreneur, your brain is constantly switched on, if you don’t give it planned times of rest and recovery the only success you can guarantee is BURN OUT! I first heard about this concept about 10 years ago, until then I thought I should only take a holiday once I had completed everything and my business was working as it should. The problem with this way of thinking was that my business (and every other business on the planet) is always messy, there are things that always need to be reorganized, updated and restructured.
There are very few points where everything runs as smoothly as we hope it should, that’s just the nature of this game we call business. Another thing is I don’t see the point in wasting the most valuable years of your life to just work! What’s the point of being rich at 65 if you can’t live while you’re still young? What I found is when I planned my time off and had it visually in front of me daily, my mind came up with genius ways to make it happen. I was always thinking about how I was going to make it happen.
There is so much you can do with a lot less money than you think, the reason why you haven’t or don’t spend more time away from your business, living your chosen lifestyle is more likely due to your belief system rather than money, time or your business itself. If you can change the way you think, the world in which you live will also change. Try this for one year and I promise you your life will improve. Let’s start by mapping out the best year of your life!
Belief System Update
You Can Live Your Dream Lifestyle Whilst Building Your Business, You Don’t Need To Wait Until Your Business Is Finished.
Map out your time away from your business first, I call this “Lifestyle Time”. This goes in line with the reason why my business partner and I called our business Lifestyle 180. To often as business owners we start our business to provide for us to allow us to spend time doing what we want to do – the fun things in life. But before you know it you are working long hours 7 days a week and you never seem to get done. Week in week out you are focused on your business and that spells bad news because you are suddenly not “present” when you are spending time with friends, family and your significant other.
When we start working with a client we focus on “you” the client and drill down to what it is you truly want. We help map out your perfect day and perfect life and from there we build your business around your life, not the other way around. It is our belief that this needs to come first. Your “me time” might be going away on holiday; spending quality time at home with family; devoting time to volunteer to help others; time for adventures; personal development workshops etc. Imagine if your business was making you money and providing you with the time and freedom you required; what is it you would want to do?
This is not always an easy concept to grasp as you may feel guilty that you’re not working on your business. If you feel this way you have to understand that you will have much more energy and will be able to put in more effort growing your business if you take scheduled time away from your business. Your life is more important than your business. It always has been and always will be but somewhere along your entrepreneurial journey, you may have forgotten this important point.
Here is my planner for 2018
My biggest adventure this year is going to be living the laptop lifestyle and I plan to spend time in Australia visiting friends and living experiences. How do I plan to pay for these trips? When I initially mapped out my plan I had no idea but whenever I create the plan and block time to focus on my goals I come up with the solutions I need and you should do the same. Having something to look forward to gives me all the inspiration I need to make sure I put the effort into growing and developing our business which generates the revenues to allow me to achieve what I want to achieve.
You should do the same, there is no shame in failing, the shame is not trying! What’s your big adventure for 2018? Map it out on your yearly calendar. When mapping it out don’t worry about the “HOW”; how you are going to find the money and the time, how will your business survive when you’re away, etc. That’s the stuff you will work on throughout the year as you build your business to serve your lifestyle. Also, it’s not written in stone, all of it is fully changeable depending on your circumstances over the year. It’s more to keep you excited and give you direction for the year.
How To Periodize Your Plan
If you are in fitness industry, then you’ll understand the concept of periodisation, this is no different, all your doing is periodizing your work-life balance. For those of you who don’t know this term, periodization is the systematic planning of athletic or physical training. The aim is to reach the best possible performance in the most important competition of the year. It involves progressive cycling of various aspects of a training program during a specific period.
When I first used this system, I started with 12 weeks of focused work on my business followed with 1 week off. This soon changed to 6 weeks of focused work followed by a short time off, then a week or 2 off after the next 6 weeks. With a little trial and error, you’ll be able to discover the optimal plan for you. There is no right or wrong way.
The aim is to make your business work and have enough time and money throughout the year to enjoy life and stay inspired to keep growing and managing your business.
One Final Thing
Your calendar must be in your line of sight every single day so I would recommend using a wall calendar for this over an online calendar. Just looking at it daily will create thoughts, thoughts turn into actions, actions turn into your life! Build your lifestyle first and build your business to support it, not the other way around.
Andrew Wallis is a business consultant whose primary focus is helping fitness business owners see the wood for the trees. He is LifeStyle180’s marketing expert specialising in building, creating and integrating solid marketing strategies and tactics into his client businesses. He loves to stick his head under the bonnet of their business to make sure it runs efficiently and effectively. Prior to running his own PT business in the UK and Australia, he spent 20 years in the offshore finance industry managing property and investment portfolios of the rich and famous. When he’s not at work, he enjoys traveling the globe.