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Getting the Most Out of Your Day

By Troy Hazard | Feb. 28, 2019

I am often asked about how I get so much done in such a short period of time, so I only have to work 3 days a week. It’s not rocket science it’s just a series of habits that I follow everyday.

THE ‘CAN DO’ LIST

First up I spend 20-30 minutes organizing my head. I make three lists, things I can change, things I have changed, and things I can’t change. So I am focused on only working on the things I can change that day. This is not a ‘to do’ list, this is a ‘can do’ list.

Troy Hazard CSP - STRATEGY: Focus on what you CAN get done in a day

Then I typically spend about 30 minutes on personal development, watching video or reading articles, anything to improve myself.

For the rest of the day, I block things into 15-minute work intervals. I choose 15 minutes because I have a firm belief if you can get it done in 30 minutes you could probably get it done in 15 minutes, if you focus.

That doesn’t mean that I only work on a project for 15 minutes, it just means that I challenge myself, so it becomes a kind of a ‘race’ to get things done, on time.

Now you might think that blocking your day into 15 minutes sounds like a lot of work. Surprisingly I can chunk down my day in about 5 minutes, and that sets the pace for the rest of the day.

THE RACE IS ON!

My ‘15-minute’ idea came about from my passion for motorsport. As an amateur race car driver the one thing that pushes you, is your lap times. There’s a euphoric feeling the sweeps over you when you are faster than your last lap. That’s what I wanted my day to feel like. So, the obvious thing was to turn it into a race.

When I first started this process I quickly realized that I was wasting 32% of my week. In short, my lap times were terrible. So I thought, ‘what’s typically happening when I cut a good time at the track’? The answer was simple, I was best when I was not distracted by anything and I was totally focused on what was going on in the car. 

DELETE DISTRACTIONS 

To help focus and remove the distractions from the day, try making these simple changes:

  • Turn off alerts on your email.
  • Turn your cell phone to silent.
  • Only have one file at a time open on your desk so you’re focused on what you should be working on, not what you could be working on.
  • Before you start work on a project take a look at the time you’ve allocated, and consider if there is a more efficient way to execute the project.

With this simple process, over time, I was able to turn a 60-hour week into a 24-hour week. And still to this day the ‘race’ is to get 5 days of work done in 3, and be on the beach by 3pm with my wife and the kids making sandcastles.


Written by Troy Hazard
Troy Hazard is a keynote speaker on business strategy, growth and change. He is an Amazon business books best selling author and television host. He has owned 12 companies over 29 years, and has consulted to 300+ companies in 16 countries. http://www.speakinc.com/speakers/troy-hazard

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