Welcome to The Path To Mindset Mastery! My name is Brad Bizjack! I’m a mindset strategist and coach, inspirational speaker, and creator of Appreciation Academy, and I help online business owners break through all the negative self-talk preventing their dreams! And I have a question!
Do you ever feel like you don’t have enough time to get it all done?! Almost like your time seems to disappear and you don’t know why or how? And then on the days that you do have a lot of free time, you get nothing done? And then if you take a look at your to-do list, even if you do complete it, you still feel hollow and empty inside? And some days it takes you like next to no time to crush everything, and you’re like, “why does that happen?!” and you don’t get it! But most days are filled with overwhelm and feeling like you’re behind, right?!
I did the same thing!! I felt like I needed to get up at 4 am if I was gonna get anything done and I just didn’t get it! I was always overwhelmed. I always felt behind. And even if I got it all done, I just felt so much anxiety because I had to do it again tomorrow. It was like perfection and guilt over and over and over again. If I f’d up a Monday, I’d be stressed all week. And then even if I did have free time to get something done, that’s when I procrastinated! I used to wear busyness on my sleeve like a badge of honor without realizing that it wasn’t a badge of honor! I thought that if I felt busy, I’d feel important. But I got nothing done!
And fast forward to now, and sure I work hard, and I have commitments on my calendar, but I’m actually not nearly as busy as I made it out to be before. I have more responsibilities than I’ve ever had in my life right now, but I’m the least busy I’ve ever felt in my life. So how is that possible? I’d love to give you that same gift and teach you how!
First off, please realize that work/life balance is a myth. It’s not possible. Because think about it. Does building your business require more time and focus than building a successful marriage or relationship?! Of course it does! That’s not saying that focusing intentional effort on your marriage isn’t important. It’s saying that things in your life don’t take equal amounts of time and to think that they should is setting you up to suffer! Because if you spend too much time in one area of your life, you’ll feel unfulfilled in other areas. So instead of going for work/ life balance, go for work/ life integration. It’s about finding the correct priorities in your life and giving them the appropriate amount of focus!
So let’s talk about time from a mathematical perspective. I’m gonna take you through an exercise to show you how much time you actually have in the day. You gotta ask yourself, how is it possible for Richard Branson who owns over 300 companies to have enough free time to live a fantastic life?! Or how is it possible for Tony Robbins who owns over 50 companies to have an amazing quality of life with his wife and kids?! How is that possible?! How is it possible for someone who has a full-time job to build a life-changing business and someone who doesn’t have kids or a family not have enough time? It doesn’t make sense, does it?! It’s all a matter of where your time is going. So let me take you through an exercise.
There are 168 hours in a week. And let’s say that you spend 49 hours on sleep (7 hours a night). Most likely less, but let’s go with 49! 168 minus 49 is 119. Then let’s say you work 7 days a week (also unlikely) for 8 hours a day. That’s 56 hours. So let’s subtract 56 hours from 119, and you get 63 hours. Then factor in. transit time from work. I figured it’d 7 hours a week, but it can be whatever you want. So subtract 7 from 63, and you get 56 hours remaining. Then let’s factor in housework, cooking, and cleaning for about 13 hours a week or so. That leaves you with 43 hours. Then factor in 20 hours a week (just under 3 hours a night) for family time. This leaves you with 23 hours. And if you spend 3 hours a week on your workouts, that will leave you with 20 hours a week! 20 hours a week to build your dreams! If you take weekends off, that’s 4 hours a day during the week!
But here’s the thing. Not everyone has a full-time job. Some people are stay at home parents. And obviously the kids take time, but you can definitely factor some time back in. So if you take back your 7 days of working 8 hours a day plus commute time, that adds 63 hours back into your schedule. That’s 83 free hours a week or 11.9 hours per day!?
And we say we don’t have time to build our dreams?! How is that possible!? It doesn’t make sense.
So where does your time go? Just like with budgeting, if you don’t know where your dollars are going, they’re going to disappear. If you don’t know where your time is going, your time is gonna disappear!
So you need to do this exercise for your own life and find out how much free time you have during your week. It’s going to blow your mind!
So we need to have our life prioritized. Because if you have a ton of free time, it actually causes you to be less productive! Have you ever noticed that?! That happened in my life! When I had so much free time, I felt like I had no time at all. So either way, there needs to be time in your day when your mind isn’t focused on your business.
Write this down: completely unplugging from your business will lead to higher productivity. Sounds backasswards from what I’m talking about right? But it’s true. If your focus is on your business all the time, you’ll actually be way less productive, way less creative, and way less inspirational.
Think about what it shows the people you’re trying to inspire. If they can see that you’re always focused on your business, and they’re already busy, why the hell would they want to join something that takes all your focus and attention? It doesn’t make sense!
You’ll feel so much more refreshed and alive if you do that! It’ll be incredible what happens if you choose to unplug. And you’ll get all your stuff done so much earlier.
What would life look like if you had a full day of free time, and you already did your business tasks?! Then you could actually live the life of freedom that you pretend you have. It’ll be so inspirational!
So how do you take control of your time? You take control of your time by taking control of your focus! Time is a result of your focus.
One of the main reasons you don’t feel like you have free time is because you try to do more than one thing at a time! My mom used to say that she could discipline us kids, listen to the radio, eat food, smoke a cigarette, and talk on the phone all at the same time. I see so many moms that I coach talk about how they are excellent multitaskers. But here’s the thing – no, you’re not. In fact, nobody is a great multi-tasker because it’s physically impossible to multitask. All you do is switch between tasks. So that car probably wasn’t the safest thing for me when I was a kid.
And the same thing happens within your business! You focus on inviting, following up, Facebook notifications, text messages, training videos, and before you know it, the day disappears. Have you ever tried to watch a movie when inviting!? It takes you so much longer.
So do an exercise with me! Draw 4 lines on a sheet of paper horizontally across it. On the first line, I want you to time yourself and see how long it takes you to write the numbers 1 through 19 in a row. Just do it. 1, 2, 3, etc. All the way to 19.
Then on the second line, you’re gonna write the words “Multitasking is a myth” and time yourself to see how long it takes.
Then on the third and fourth line, you’re gonna switch between tasks. You’re gonna write 1, M, 2, U on the 3rd and 4th line. Up and down. So lines 3 and 4 will read the same as lines 1 and 2. You’re just gonna switch between the numbers and letter when you do it and time yourself to see how long it takes.
You’ll be blown away by what happens! It will take you at least 2 times as long as it would have if you just did one thing at a time. This is why you feel like your time disappears! You switch tasks when if you would just focus on one thing at a time, you’d get through so much more, so much quicker. And if you took nothing else away from this podcast, that lesson alone can 10X your productivity! It’ll be incredible!
So let’s dive into why to-do lists make you so frustrated. Have you ever completed a to-do list and still felt unfulfilled!? There’s a reason. And at the same time, haven’t there been times when you’ve gotten 2 or 3 things done and had a ton left on your to-do list, and you felt so freaking productive!? Why is that!? It’s because when you were focused on your to-do list, you focused on what was urgent and demanded. When you completed the 2 or 3 things, you did what was important.
Time gets so much easier to manage when you no longer let urgency control your life.
So here’s what you do: You pick an outcome. When you sit down to work, and you just use a to-do list, you’re wasting so much time. What if you started your day by saying, “What result do I want today?!” Then you take action that’s actually important and leads you to the outcome you want!
It’s so powerful. But it can go so much deeper. In fact, in Appreciation Academy, I teach you how to master your time on a whole new level. I take you through a system throughout multiple lessons that allow you to get more done in 1 day than you’re used to getting done in a week. It’ll be incredible. Like what could you achieve if you were truly a master of your time?! I barely scratched the surface today.
For anyone that thinks their situation is different, it’s simply not true, and you’ll quickly learn why. So if you know that mastering this area of your life, along with your emotions, patience, frustration, anxiety, negative self-talk, etc. is important, then I highly encourage you to dive into Appreciation Academy! I offer 50% off the program for anyone who is listening to this podcast! All you gotta do is head to appreciationacademy.com and use the promo code “PODCAST” at checkout for a 50% discount of both the payment plan or the full pay option!
So I hope you got a lot out of this today! I hope you started to dip your toe into the idea of how much free time you actually have! It’s gonna be incredible how productive you can really be. You’ll get so much done if you learn how to master this. You’ll change so many lives, and you’ll build the business of your dreams.
So check out Appreciation Academy. It’s life-changing. And make sure you share this podcast with someone that needs to hear it today! Screenshot this and share it on your Instagram stories. Share it with your team! They can truly benefit from mastering their time, can’t they?! And imagine the retention you’ll have on your team! It’ll be incredible!
My name is Brad Bizjack. Thank you so much for tuning in! Go out there today, master your time, and live your life with a genuine smile on your face! I’ll see you next week!