Time is money. Time is a valuable resource. Time cannot be returned once you spend it. How are you going to use your time? Every industry has distinct schedules. Entertainment venues begin at 5pm and close after 3am. Banks open for business at 8am and close around 4pm. What does a Professional Entrepreneur schedule look like?
Last night my last conference call was at 9pm. The call ended a quarter before 10pm. I had two simple tasks to do. I worked up until a short time past 10pm.
I wake up every day around 545am.
My schedule is dictated by my opportunities’ availability. Professional Entrepreneurs must create their path. No person seeks to document your hours. The schedule is flexible and fixed by the obligations of requirements. Discipline to motivate you through times of inactivity is important. There is no boss but there is no advocate either. How you work will be measured by the productivity you exert to accomplish your income markers.
I am currently working on three separate country clocks. New Zealand, Kenya and the United States (Central / Eastern) time zones are my clocks. At some point I imagine the time table will expand. My particular view point on schedules is to make them “task orientated”. Rather than say “I worked for 8 hours today,” I take the time to line item my daily schedule. Write down each task you must accomplish for the day. Rank them in priority. Continue this Monday through Friday. Place an “X” next to them as you accomplish them. It may take you all day to burn through your list. It may take you only four hours to burn through the list. If you fail to accomplish your tasks create a place at the end of your list that reads “Weekend Tasks”. Write your unfinished task down in the weekend area.
Never confuse movement with progress.
Simply going one direction for a long time does not mean you are closer to your target. Take the time to measure your objective. Apply the amount of work required to complete your objective. I have practiced this simple organizational skill since 2008. The amount you can accomplish when you are organized will surprise you. Efficiency is the ultimate victor in our profession.
Once you are done with your tasks utilize your time productively. Exercise, meditate, cultivate family relationships, and take a few moments for yourself. If you work without rest you will burn out. Balance is required to succeed. Do not neglect your family or your personal life. Your detachment to interpersonal development will show in business. That is not good. There is a saying “It’s nothing personal it’s just business”. Remember business is run by people. Business is always personal. Business is used as an excuse for people to legally express their immorality or morality. 99% of the time being a moral person is 100% legal. Do not fall into the misnomer of “It’s legal so it’s okay.”
Periodic reset is good. As long as you are productive results will show. Make your schedule results driven. You cannot achieve results with halfhearted efforts. As you become a master of your craft it will surprise you how quickly you accomplish things. Until such time keep working. At some point you will achieve your objectives with ease. At that point you will develop practice skills to keep parity. The practice skills will not require as much time as you are use to.
Stay organized. Let your tasks dictate your schedule. If you are not accomplishing at least ten tasks daily you are being unproductive. Notice I did not say “If you are not working at least 10 hours a day you are being unproductive.”
Outwork your competition with efficiency. Do not confuse movement with progress.
About Christopher: Christopher Knight Lopez is a Professional Entrepreneur. Christopher has opened over 7 businesses in his 14-year career. Christopher’s purpose is to take advantage of various market-driven opportunities. Christopher is a certified Master Project Manager (MPM) and Accredited Financial Analyst (AFA). Christopher previously held his Series 65 securities license. Christopher also has his General Lines — Life, Accident, Health & HMO. Christopher has managed a combined 286mm USD in reported Assets Under Management & Assets Under Advisement. Christopher has work experience in 29 countries, raised over 50mm USD for various businesses, and grossed over 7.5mm in his personal career. Christopher worked in the highly technical industries of: biotechnology, finance, securities, manufacturing, real estate, and residential mortgages. Christopher is a United States Air Force Veteran. Christopher has a passion for family, competitive sports, fishing, martial arts and advocacy for entrepreneurs. Christopher provides self-help classes for up-and-coming entrepreneurs. Christopher’s passion to mentor comes from belief that entrepreneurs need guidance. The world is full of conflicting information about entrepreneur identity. See more at www.christopherklopez.com