Today’s message is schedule your time. Good morning Believe Nation, it’s Evan. My one word is believe And I believe in people more than they believe in themselves. And my sincere hope is that if you see in yourself what I see in you, you’ll be able to change the planet.
Schedule Your Time – Timothy Ferriss
Large uninterrupted blocks of time you have to schedule if you are a creator. Blocks of time that are at least two to four hours or more in length.
No frankenstein monster of 20-minute breaks and 10-minute breaks combined into 3-hours will have the value of an uninteruppted block of three hours.
If you are trying to make high-level decisions, focus on time-consuming high priority projects, push something to the next milestone.
We all have the same 24 hours in the day and if you’re like I don’t have time, I can’t sleep, I need to cut back on sleep, I need to do this, I need to do that, If you don’t have time, you don’t have priorities. That’s it.
My Thought About Schedule Your Time
I never use I don’t have time as a reason for not to do something. I’m allergic to it.
As soon as you start saying I don’t have time to do something, then you’re giving responsibility away to something else.
You don’t have time, it’s not your fault. You just don’t have the time. It’s somebody else’s fault.
It’s this project’s fault, this person’s fault. It’s always somebody else’s fault. Until you take control of your responsibilities and your priorities and managing your own time you’re never going to go off and do the big things that you want to do.
Especially the people who complain that you have this big goal and this big dream you want to build this huge company and then you’re not doing it.
You’re not spending the time to do it. Because it’s so great to live up in our heads of all the things we want to do, of the passions, and the way that our life could look. But you don’t want to do the actual work to get there. And now I get it. I get it.
I’m a father. I’m a husband. I have three businesses that I run at the same time. I’m a busy guy. But if I want to work on something and I can’t, then it’s my problem. Right?
It’s nobody else’s problem. It’s not you guys. It’s not Believe Nation expecting my video to come out. I choose to make YouTube videos. I choose to do three a day. I choose to spend my time on these things.
And by very definition by choosing to do something you’re choosing not to do something else. I have control. You have control over your time as well.
And the realities of paying the bills and family life and all that stuff, and it may force you to make some difficult decisions. But as soon as you say I don’t have time it means you’re never going to make it.
Because you’re never going to have time. Because the people who constantly live in when this clears up, when this thing goes away, then I’ll have time.
And then when that clears away, something else comes up. When that’s done, then I’ll have time. And then you never have time. It’s never the perfect time. You just have to go and start doing it.
Nothing actually starts happening until you put it into your calendar and you start taking action. Otherwise you’re just living in your head and those dreams never come out.
And so I would encourage you to any time you say I don’t have time, to catch yourself and say I choose not to make it a priority. This is not a priority in my life. When you start embracing that and actually feeling it then you’ll start making some important decisions on how you schedule your time.
“I never use I don’t have time as a reason for not to do something. I’m allergic to it.” – Evan Carmichael
So to think what actually is a priority to you, start making some tweaks and you’ll start to see some big changes happening in your life and in your business.
Now to Tim’s point about creating a schedule, one of the things that I find really helpful is chunking my time. We’ve talked about this before. But I like having dedicated days to do dedicated things.
You know, I film once a month for my YouTube channel for the most part. And we come in on a Wednesday and film everything in one sitting. And I’m in video mode.
I find it really hard to switch tasks. I think most people do. But I just find it really hard. I can’t go from meeting with somebody for half an hour to then writing a book for half an hour to then getting on a phone call for half an hour to then recording a video for half an hour.
The switching costs are too high. If I’m going to write my book or do something else that’s really creative, I need half an hour to forty minutes just to get into it.
Before I’m actually really creating something good. It’s why when I make my videos here I start with the easy stuff first and then I lead to the Entspressos. Because it allows me to warm up, to get going.
If I have to come in and boom, just drop an Entspresso it’d be a lot more challenging for me. And so anything you do multiple times per week, try to do months for week, multiple times per month, once per month, and so on. Multiple times per day, once per day. Right? Like, email. Social media.
If you’re doing that all day long, you do that once per day. It means that you miss out on some small things. It means that you miss out on getting some opportunities.
Maybe some reporter wants to interview you and has a deadline by 3pm today and you don’t open that email until 5 o’clock, you’ve missed it. But you have to be willing to let go of the little to be able to go for the big.
And I used to pride myself as the guy who responded to email super fast. You sent me an email, like two minutes later boom, response. I would drop whatever I was doing to respond to your email.
And what it meant was I was doing lots of little tasks really quickly, but I never got to focus on the big task because I kept getting distracted.
And so by chunking your time, and by blocking off access in your calendar, it means you’ll have to say no to some things, some little projects, some things will slip through. But you’re spending your time on the big projects that matter.
And so it’s been probably the single most important time-management skill or practice that I’ve applied, is chunking your time, having one main thing that I do every single day, so you know Wednesday is recording YouTube videos and when I’m not doing that it’s my Lily day where we’re looking at her channel.
Thursdays I have public facing day and we’re doing interviews and podcasts and radio shows and YouTube channels and just extrovert mode.
“As soon as you start saying I don’t have time to do something, then you’re giving responsibility away to something else.” – Evan Carmichael
Monday is my TDS day. If I’m here, I’m working with Alex, we’re working through all the problems that we have to do with TDS. Looking at opportunities where we’re going to grow. I’m just in TDS mindset.
Right and so every day I’m doing something else. But it also means that I will delay some things. So if it’s something TDS-related and Alex sends it to me on Tuesday I’m probably not going to get it to next Monday.
And so part of that is training the team to say hey, we’ve got to get it done on time so I can handle it at the right moment. But it also means that sometimes we may miss windows of opportunities because I haven’t seen it and it’s not going to come up again until Monday. And being okay with that, being okay with dropping some small balls so you can keep the big ones in the air.
So the question today is I’m curious, how are you scheduling your time?
Do you prefer to have full days or full afternoons dedicated to one thing at a time?
Or do you like the variety and the mixup and spending half an hour on one thing and then moving to something else?
Really curious to find about your habits. Leave it down in the comments below. Super curious to see what you have to say.
I also want to give a quick shoutout to Dilip Gehlot, thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book Your One Word, and taking that picture and sharing it with me. Thank you so much for picking up a copy of the book and for sharing it! I really appreciate the support.
Thank you guys again. I believe in you. I hope you continue to believe in yourself and whatever your one word is. Much love, and I’ll see you again tomorrow morning for another shot of Entspresso.
Schedule Your Time
You know I’m very methodical about time-management because it’s so hard to do. So the first thing, I’ll give you a couple important life-changing tips to anyone trying to do something creative on their computer.
So number one thing is no email in the morning. Like number one thing is there’s a program called Freedom that I downloaded that it says, I love the word Freedom because that’s really what it is. It says how many minutes of freedom do you want? You say whatever it is, 90 minutes and then you cannot access the internet for 90 minutes.
There’s no unlock code, people are gasping, you’re all going to use it. There’s no unlock codes. The first thing I do is phone, I give to someone else. Or put it in a drawer somewhere. It’s best if I give it to someone else. Internet goes off and I commit to that certain amount of time.
So my thing is compartmentalizing. That if you’re going to check your email, check it from four to five. Someone wrote a book which I’ve never read but it’s called Never Check Your Email in the Morning.
I don’t know if you read or not but just know the title and it’s really great. The thing is, with time is to become proactive about time instead of reactive because I know so many people who can’t do anything because you get a message on Facebook and then you’re getting an email and then you’re just reacting to that because it feels like you’re getting something done and at the end of the day you’ve got nothing done.
What my thing is that I’m really, and everyone knows that I’m proactive about that to the degree that, by the way I got Facebook and Twitter blocked on my computer. What I did is I downloaded Intego ContentBarrier. Is it ContentBarrier? Whatever it is.
Tim: RescueTime can be used. NetNanny can be used to block specific sites.
Yeah, and I had someone else put in their password for those sites so I didn’t even know the password so I couldn’t get to Twitter or Facebook if I tried. So finding those things that are those, and put in walls between you and them or limiting them in certain ways.
There’s one other thing I was going to say was, friends can be a pain in the ass if you’re trying to be creative. And if you have more than seven friends and everyone wants to see you one day a week what do you do?
So another thing I want to say is that I do a Wednesday night dinner party. So if my friends want to see me, I’m like great, Wednesday. Somebody wants a meeting who I’m not sure about, Wednesday night.
So Wednesday night, we all go to a restaurant and basically whoever I want to see or catch up on I’ll see them there and then maybe afterward I’ll break off with my closer friends but that way I can see everyone.
People who I want to meet with but I don’t really want to take the take time for a lunch or meeting one-on-one and just bring them there. If I like them, I talk to them a bunch. If I don’t, I put them far away.
I mean, it depends. If I have some time off I always take time for music. So for me, it’s different I think. But when I’m touring every day, I actually have more routine than when I’m not touring every day. Because you have to have your schedules.
So you really have to plan your day well. But if I have six weeks off, I’m pretty much all over the place, you know? Yeah, you don’t really have a schedule, you just do whatever.