April Activity Report

How To Become Wealthy

It’s the end of another month.

As the cliche goes: “time flies when you are having fun”. 

And indeed, I’m certainly having a blast in 2016.

As is custom, I product an activity report each month.

As a runner, I can tell you with certainty that if you don’t log and monitor your running activities, you will never improve. You need to know your distance, average speed, heart rate, etc. It is only through monitoring that you get that type of data.

So these reports follow the same cadence. The essence of them is two fold.

Firstly, I want to track the usage of my time – in line with my life vision and mission and the goals I’ve set myself for 2016.

Secondly, I want to use these reports to encourage my audience to start tracking the usage of their time.

The report covers what I consider to be the 8 key areas of life and I cover these areas at length in my Free Wealth Creation E-Course.

Ultimately, I hope to assist my readers “Run A Fulfilling Life Race” by highlighting that we can all live a fulfilling, abundant and balanced life.

As a side note, I need to highlight that this report is 90 – 95% accurate. It will never be 100% accurate because the inputs rely on me tracking them manually.

Sometimes, I forget to track certain elements. At times, I track the activities but the time inputs are not 100% correct.

Despite the above, a 10% deviation is not a train smash for me.

The point is not to be 100% correct. The point of these activity reports is to manage my time and life effectively and share some key learning points and I am more than confident that the report satisfies that objective.

Living a Balanced Life

Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to live a balanced life?

If the thought ever crossed your mind before – great!

If the thought has never crossed your mind – awesome!

If the thought has crossed your mind before, I hope I can cement that thought and help you turn the thought into implementation.

If it has never crossed your mind, I hope I can agitate your thinking and hopefully induce a thinking pattern that will result in a complete paradigm shift.

Below is a snapshot of how I’ve spent my time in the month of April, highlighting a comparison from previous months:

time management activities

Quite clearly, from the above, it is possible to live a balanced life by proactively making time for key areas of your life.

Unsurprisingly, I spent most of my time on my career.

Let’s go into an in-depth analysis of each area.

What Have I Been Up To?

Spiritual: The amount of time spent on my spiritual growth was 9.3%.

In comparison to other months, you’ll notice that my average amount of time spent over the previous months was around 10%.

Below, is a breakdown:

Time Management Activities

My spiritual health is vitally important. It is the crux and foundation of everything I do and I am incredibly grateful that I can dedicate some time to my spiritual growth.

I don’t, for one second, take it for granted because I know how busy and pressured life can get.

To keep spiritually healthy, I try to:

Spiritual Plan Going Forward: 

  • Maintain my progress

Career: I spent 33.1% on my career this months.

This is a significant drop from previous months.

Below is a breakdown:

April_Career.consolidated

 April_Career.consolidated.2

Time Management Activities

The 33.1% is represented as follows:

  • Nike+ Run Club (NRC): 28.98%
  • Run For Wealth Blog: 0.73%
  • Juice Business: 3.39%

Nike+ Run Club

NRC continues to keep me extremely busy.

I’ve spent 88% of my career on NRC in April. Given the number of projects on the go in my life, that percentage is too high.

Having said that, I continue to have a blast as the Coach of NRC Johannesburg, South Africa.

My role entails driving the global NRC coaching programme through the Johannesburg region.

Given the magnitude of NRC, I continue to look forward to all the upcoming exciting roll out plans.

Run For Wealth

Run For Wealth is the anchor of all my work. Spending 0.73% on the platform is pathetic to say the least.

I published 1 article in April:

Juice Business

I spent just under 4% on my juice business.

Currently, the business is a simple business that entails logistics – delivery of the juice from the manufacturer to a niche network of consumers.

In summary, there are a few statistics I want to highlight.

The 33% spent on my career translates into approximately:

  • 80 hrs for the month
  • 20 hours per week
  • 4 hours per day, if I work 5 days per week

I am happy with the number of hours I’m spending on my career. But, I need to increase the amount of time spent on Run For Wealth, particularly given the projects I have to roll out which will be centred around the online platform. 

Career Plans going forward (same as previous month):

NRC:

  • continue to work smartly and diligently on the roll out plans of NRC is Johannesburg

Run For Wealth:

  • change tact and start publishing content in video format as well
  • publish 2 posts per month
  • link video content to Herbalife, Amway and Wealthy Affiliate business opportunities (apply the power of Synergy)
  • engage in more paid internet marketing activities

Marathon Based Leadership

  • have talks and workshops centred around the concept
  • start doing some active marketing of the programme in the second half of 2016

Wealthy Affiliate

Plans from previous months have been put on hold due to time and cost constraints.

Herbalife (same as previous month)

  • schedule 2 live appointments per month (I have a strategy of a specific target market. Still top secret at this stage. Will share more in later monthly reports)
  • promote my business on Run For Wealth through paid advertising (Synergy)
  • link it to some of my video content (Synergy)

Properties (same as previous month)

  • drive the initial meetings for the development of a piece of land

Commodities

  • play a strategic role in the facilitation of coal transactions both locally and internationally

Overall, applying the concept of synergy is going to prove very important if I want to achieve my objectives.

Relationships: I combine the time spent with family, friends, my girlfriend, business partners and colleagues under the relationship section. This can obviously overlap with the time reflected under my “Leisure” time.

In April, I spent approximately 11.5% of my time on my relationships, a slight drop from the previous month.

Here’s a summary:

April_relationship.consolidated

In this section, I try to spend time with groups of people I consider to be very key in my life.

These groups of people display characteristics of the 10 Type Of People You Need To Succeed In Life.

This area, though, is one of the toughest to get right.

But, at the moment, by God’s grace I’d like to believe that I have healthy relationships.

Below are a few pics:

Relationship Plans Going Forward:

  • Get the percentage time spent back to round about the 20% mark

Physical: April, much like March, is one of the toughest training months as one preps for the Comrades Marathon.

My physical training entails cross training (gym work) and running.

time management activities

It is also a month in which I try to get stronger and so I do a lot of cross training in the form of gym work.

In April, I spent approximately 35 hours on my training, a significant jump from the 25 hours in February.

It goes without saying that I spend a crazy amount of time on my training. But, placed into the correct context, I spend only 14.5% of my time on my health. This was higher than the previous month’s 11.69%.

But, that’s ok. No stress.

Physical Training Plans Going Forward:

  • Run one more Marathon before Comrades Marathon on 29 May
  • Maintain my progress in the gym
  • Avoid mental and physical fatigue before Comrades
  • Avoid getting injured

Overall, it’s been a great month from a physical health and training perspective.

Financial: This is the time I use manage my money. To do this, I use a budget sheet and track my income against my monthly expenditure.

In April, I spent 1.5% of my time managing my money, in comparison to the 0.84% in March.

objectives of financial management

  • Tithe
  • Saving
  • Re-investment into current projects
  • Investing into new projects
  • “Living life to the fullest” (Leisure/ Pleasure) expenditure
  • End of month expenditure
  • Day to day (during the month) expenditure

Ultimately, the objective is two-fold:

  1. Ensure I spend less than what I earn
  2. Grow the income I earn through investment into current projects or new projects

Considering that I spent just under 4 hrs of my time in the whole month, I think it is time very well spent.

Financial Plans Going Forward:

  • Dedicate a budget to the roll out of my one-on-one Herbalife sessions
  • Invest wisely into my internet marketing activities – particularly the paid advertising so I can market the products and services I promote (Wealthy Affiliate & Herbalife) 
  • Investigate cost effective ways of re-vamping the Run For Wealth (the platform needs a cosmetic uplift)
  • Invest some money into a campaign linked to running and Comrades Marathon

Charity: Having a charitable spirit is vital to living a fulfilling and abundant life. And giving your time and money – without expecting anything in return – is a sure way of achieving this fulfillment.

At the moment, I split this time up between:

  1. collecting and distributing clothes that are donated
  2. mentoring a few people on various aspects of their life
  3. lending a helping hand in projects that I find helpful to the community at large

In April, I spent 2.4% on charitable work, a significantly higher amount of time in comparison to previous months.

time management activities

Charity Plans Going Forward:

  • Dedicate a minimum of 4 days per month to collecting and distributing clothes donated
  • Dedicate a minimum of 2 days per month to mentoring youngsters
  • Dedicate a minimum of 4 days per month to the neighborhood community policing
  • Assist Diepkloof Athletics Club (DAC) to get additional sponsorship for their annual race taking place in October

Leisure: We all need some time out to do a whole lot of nothing. This is the time I use to either relax or let loose and have a great deal of fun.

This time obviously overlaps with the time spent on your relationships.

However, leisure has to be planned. It can’t be an activity that takes over your life and drives you. If leisure takes over your life you will end up wasting a lot of precious time in life. You’ll spend too much time having fun and being unproductive because of the distractions of life.

In March, I spent approximately 12.36% of my time on leisure, in comparison to February’s 7.5%:

April_Leisure.consolidated

You’ll notice that there is a significant jump this month.

And that increase is caused by the time spent on social media (an activity I have not reflected previously).

Do you see how much time one spends on social media?

Do you also realize how much more time can waste if this activity goes unnoticed?

In next month’s report, I’m hoping to reflect this more comprehensively.

Leisure Plans Going Forward:

  • Continue to integrate my relationship building around my leisure time
  • Travel at least twice a year
  • Keep my leisure time round the 10%
  • Strictly monitor and manage the time spent on social media

Admin: This is the amount of time spent on activities that might seem small, but:

  • are essential to managing your life
  • have the potential to chow a huge amount of time if they go unmonitored

Below is a breakdown, relative to previous months:

time management activities

As always, travelling consumes a lot of my time. This is my travel time to and fro income generating projects. This excludes weekend travel.

Because travelling takes up so much time, I try as much as possible to travel using public transport so I can do some of my work during that travelling time.

16 hrs and a bit is a heck of a lot of time and there’s no ways I’m going to let all of it go to waste.

Admin Plans Going Forward:

  • Work during my travel time as much as possible

Time Management: This is the crux of keeping my life in check.

I can’t over-emphasize the importance of managing your time. To do this, there are certain key activities.

Below is the breakdown of those activities:

time management activities

As you can see above, managing one’s time is not an automatic process.

It requires intent and diligence.

I spent 6% of my time on time management activities.

The “Planning” refers to the once a week planning I do at the start of every week. (Yeah, I know I did a pathetic job in April).

The “Updating Activity Log” refers to the input of the time spent on all my activities each day. I spent just under 2 hours doing that in March.

Once a month, I consolidate all the data. In April, it took me just under 7 hrs.

Lastly, I do the analysis. And that’s the report you are reading right now.

In the month of April – for my March report – I spent approximately 6 hrs writing the report.

It might seem like a lot of work when looking at the hours in isolation.

But, I always emphasize that context is key. 6% is very little time for the amount of value I am able to get from all these activities that help me propel my life..

Time Management Plans Going Forward:

  • Become more consistent in my weekly Planning
  • Write and release my monthly report within the 1st week of the following month

How Am I Able To Achieve Balance?

One of the key factors that have helped me to achieve balance is that I have pro-actively and intentionally chased a business model that gives me time freedom.

Because most of our time is spent on our careers, one of the biggest contributing factors to leading a balanced life is to pro-actively seek opportunities that will give you time freedom.

Not only do I spend less time on my career (33%) than the average person, I am able achieve more because I have centred by business around a model known as a Direct Response Business (DRB) or what is commonly known as an Online Business.

90% of the work that I do is linked or related to my Online Business.

Conclusion

April has been an epic month.

But, as you will notice from my plans going forward, there’s plenty of work still to be done.

SYNERGY continues to be buzz word if I want to achieve my plans going forward.

Interesting and exciting times ahead.

Once again, I really hope that this report will inspire you to start tracking your activities, By doing that, you edge closer to the role of being CEO of your life. As you edge closer to that, I know that I’ve achieved my objective of helping you “Run A Fulfilling Life Race”.

God Bless!

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