This is by far the best place to start to actually pull of what you are trying to get done. I’ve recently made massive shifts to my daily schedule and this was a key to the restructuring. I was… This is by far the best place to start to actually pull of what you are trying to get done. I’ve recently made massive shifts to my daily schedule and this was a key to the restructuring.

I was having a problem, I would wake up take care of my son, go to work, come home, eat, and go to sleep, but I had so much more that I wanted to do. So, I asked myself the question of do I have time in my current schedule, and the answer was no. Ok, well that sucks, how do I get this stuff done then? My answer came in the form of a Gary Vaynerchuk YouTube video. 18 hours, that’s what he said you had in a day. I took a step back at that point and really examined my schedule and realized I was just lying to myself.

My day wasn’t full, I just wasted a ton of time on crap like watching TV. I also slept more than I needed to. The steps I took to get to where I am:

  1. Set my hours, I wanted to try 18 hours (I wasn’t sure if 6 hours of sleep was maintainable, but wanted to try it). Alright, 6am to midnight it is then.
  2. Determine the things I could not drop from my current day. These things where spending time with my family and my daily work in the office.
  3. Determine the things I wanted to add to my schedule. I added running, 4 hours of additional work time, and dedicated time to plan my day.
  4. Then, I pieced all these things together and set the amount of time each needed. I started at the beginning of the day. I figured a run at the beginning of the day was the most likely for me to pull off given the schedules of my two boys, so I set that for 6am-7:30am (accounting for time to get out of bed and stretch and shower after, this leaves me with a good 45min to and hour of running). Great, now I needed to plan my day, that probably wouldn’t take more than 30 minutes. Then let’s look up the times for the train I take to work and put that in the calendar. I did that same for the train home, then added a block for family time. Family time was something I reduced during this process, I’m not willing to give up family time all together, but I could reduce it since I spend a lot on the weekends. Then I filled out the rest of the day with work time. At this point I was a bit like:

I thought, no way this is maintainable, but I follow a few people who do this all the time, so I tried it. I’ve now been following this schedule for 3 weeks and it is amazing.

A few key takeaways here, first, I do not think I could do this schedule without the morning run. I wake up feeling so tired and just want to sleep, but I get myself out of bed, run, and then I feel great and ready to go. Second, you have to be willing to sacrifice. I’m sacrificing family time, sleep, and “relaxing” time. For me, I’ve just realized that what I love doing is making progress on my goals rather than binge watching TV.

I’m continuing to iterate on this process, but really haven’t seen anything I need to change right now. I hope this was helpful to someone who wants to do more in a day, but has convinced themselves they “don’t have time”.

If you are curious what my calendar looks like for this schedule, here it is: