A Simple System to Manage Your Time

Key Takeaways

  • Decide what you want to do to get the most out of life without allowing other people’s opinions about it to confuse you.
  • Use a simple strategy to manage your time so you can get what you want out of life and have fun doing it.
  • One simple program breaks time down into three chunks: free time, focus time, and preparation time.
  • Breaking your available time up this way allows you to plan and use your time to have the most fun no matter what it is you do.

“The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.” That’s a quote from Ben Stein and it’s really important because the focus is on what you want. Often in life, people will “should” on you. They’ll say, “You should do this. You should do that.” Forget about what other people think you should do. What do you want to do? If you’re at a point in life that affords you the freedom of time to actually do what you want, this becomes especially important.

The Strategic Coach® Program teaches a strategy they call The Entrepreneurial Time System®. This strategy breaks time down into three pieces. I like it because it’s simple—three things.

  1. Free time. Think of this piece as your rejuvenation time. What do you want to do this year to rejuvenate? Since it’s free time, it could be just about anything. Many people think of it as vacation, but it can involve many things you might want to do. Again, it comes down to what you want to get out of this free time.
  2. Focus time. Think of this piece as the things you do that give your life purpose. In other words, things that are really exciting to you—activities that make you want to get out of bed each morning and jump out into the world. It can be something you do on a daily basis. Maybe you focus on different things throughout the year.
  3. Preparation time. With this piece, you’ll prepare for having fun and rejuvenating yourself as well as prepare for that focus time so you can concentrate on the activities you love and get excited about them. This piece is important because you’ve got to prepare for pieces one and two so you have a truly great time when you do them. Taking time to prepare eliminates a lot of the mental baggage that hangs around and adds unnecessary frustration.

It’s a simple system and it works very well. If you’re already at the point where you no longer work for a living, it’s a good way to split up all the time you’ve got on your hands. You split the time up into three different chunks and have fun while doing it and doing what you want—not what everybody else wants. There’s no reason you have to explain what you do and what you want. You do what you want and that’s what matters. Until next time, enjoy.


Gary Klaben is in our Glenview, IL office and serves our clients who are now located all over the country.  He has over 30 years of experience and is the author of Changing the Conversation, Wealth of Everything and co-author of The Business BattlefieldWhether advising his clients, mentoring his team, or coaching entrepreneurs, he is always simplifying complexity and motivating others to take the next action that’s right for them.

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