Today’s topic is more valuable than gold, oil, and even data. It is priceless. Once it is spent, you can never get it back. You can never make it up when you lose it to bad luck, bad decisions, or bad people. It is the most important tool to use wisely if you want a life well lived. It is the only limitation to all accomplishment. Your biggest decisions in life all come back to, TIME.

5 Strategies to Make Time and Double Your Productivity

  1. Build your operating operating system
  2. Clarity on what matters
  3. Eliminate half-work and focus deeply.
  4. Do the most important thing first.
  5. Stick to your schedule and build the habit, no matter how small the accomplishment.

Make a NOT MY JOB List

As you list all of your “to-do” items, be ruthless and make a note about what is “not my job” so that you can delegate or eliminate some of the action items or stress from your list.

A few of my vices have helped me in business…

  • I can be a bit bossy
  • I’m lazy

Therefore, I don’t do silly admin tasks. I’ve spent 43 years getting other people to cook my meals, do my laundry, etc.

  • Make a “NOT my JOB” list.
  • Measure the IMPACT of everything you do.
  • Go to or and hire someone (a person with lots of 5-star reviews) to do tasks you don’t want or have time to do.
  • Do a week of “under-planning” so that you have more victories and buffer time in your day.
  • Remember that not every day needs to look the same, and it’s okay to “front load” the week so that you have more time off later in the week.
  • You need to be in EMPIRE building mode all day. Not the secretary work all day.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

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Craig Ballantyne

Craig Ballantyne is the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. Craig has been a contributor to Men's Health magazine for over 17 years. Today he teaches his gift to high-performing entrepreneurs how to squeeze more out of their days, increase their income, and make more quality time for their families in his Perfect Life Workshop and Work-Life Mastery programs. Craig used his own advice to overcome crippling anxiety attacks in 2006, and he'll teach you his 5 Pillars of Success so you can increase your income, decrease your work time, and live the life of your dreams. Learn more about Craig at

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