June Activity Report

Time Management Activities

Tjo!

That’s a colloquial expression in South Africa that simply means “gosh”.

And yeah, that’s exactly how I feel as I write my June Activity report on the 29th of July.

Not only that, we are almost at the end of the 7th month of 2016.

As an ultra-marathon runner, logging and monitoring my running activities leads to improvement and achievement of my running goals.

These monthly reports follow the same cadence and through them I want to achieve 2 things:

  1. track the usage of my time – in line with my life vision, mission and the goals I’ve set myself for 2016
  2. 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 85% – 90% 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 15% deviation is not a train smash for me.

My ultimate objective is not to be 100% correct. My objective is to manage my time and life effectively and share some key learning points.

Based on that, I am more than confident that the report satisfies that objective.

And below is proof of that, taken from an Instagram conversation after I had posted the “May Activity Report”:

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Living a Balanced Life

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

If the thought has ever crossed your mind before – great!

As I attempt to answer the question, below is a snapshot of how I’ve spent my time in the month of June, highlighting a comparison from the 1st Quarter average and the month of April and May:

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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 just below 9%.

This was slightly lower than the Q1 Average, April and May figures of approximately 10%.

Below, is a breakdown:

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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 time to my spiritual growth.

To keep spiritually healthy, I try to:

Spiritual Plan Going Forward: 

  • Maintain my progress

Career: I spent 38.02% on my career this month.

Below is a breakdown and comparison with previous months:

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Our careers are vital!

And this is where we spend most of our time. As such, it is important that we spend this time doing things we are passionate about.

The 38.59% is represented as follows:

  • Nike+ Run Club (NRC): 24.80%
  • Run For Wealth Blog: 10.24%
  • Juice Business: 0.93%
  • Herbalife: 1.12%
  • Investigating Other Business Opportunities: 1.49%

Nike+ Run Club

NRC continues to rock on in Joburg.

As the Coach of NRC Johannesburg, South Africa, my role entails driving the global NRC coaching programme through the Johannesburg region.

June saw us launch a 3rd day in our running calendar. We now run 3 times a week – on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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

Run For Wealth

Run For Wealth continues to be the anchor of all my work.

I’m really happy that I spent a significantly higher amount of time in June than I’ve done over the past 5 months.

During the month of June, I published 1 article:

I spent 6.5% (17.5 hours) of my time on researching and writing.

Sounds crazy right?

But that’s often the amount of time that goes into writing a single article.

I also did a bit of work updating my business profile that my audience can download if they would like to invite me for my keynote talk titled: “Run A Fulfilling Life Race”.

Juice Business

I spent 0.93% of my time 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.

Herbalife

I spent just over 1% of my time on my Herbalife business. This was admin that entailed processing and picking up an order for a client of mine.

In summary, I’m really happy with the work done in June to develop my career.

The 38% spent on my career in June translates into approximately:

  • 67 hrs for the month
  • 17 hours per week
  • 3.5 hours per day, if I work 5 days per week

Need I say more? 

Career Plans going forward:

NRC:

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

Run For Wealth:

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

Run A Fulfilling Life Race (changed from “Marathon Based Leadership”)

  • have talks and workshops centred around the concept of living a fulfilling, balanced and abundant life
  • start building content for the Online Based Coaching Programme that I intend launching in 2017

Wealthy Affiliate

I’ve been investigating a new business opportunity with my best friend as you will notice from the time spent under “Investigating Other Business Opportunities” section.

We plan on starting a new online business. This business will be focused on Bitcoins. I’ll link that opportunity to the Wealthy Affiliate business opportunity that I have been considering for some time.

Some incredible prospects lie ahead as I look to maximize the concept of Synergy.

Herbalife 

  • 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)
  • Start an online based business linked to the success of the live appointments (Synergy)
  • promote my business on Run For Wealth through paid advertising (Synergy)
  • link it to some of my video content (Synergy)

Properties 

  • 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

Investigating Other Business Opportunities:

  • Launch a new online business that focuses on Bitcoins as a niche: 1 September
  • Launch a new online business that will help my audience to run their first Comrades Marathon: 1 October
  • Launch a new online business that focuses on Herbalife Supplements as a niche: 1 November

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

Relationships: I spent just over 7% of my time on my relationships in June.

As you can see below, 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 “Pleasure” time.

The 7% is significantly lower that the 1st Quarter average and the previous months of April and May.

I must say, I’m really happy that I was able to spend more time with my girlfriend. This is one area that has been a challenge in recent times, but I’m confident I’ll be to address the challenge.

Here’s a summary:

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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 all round.

Relationship Plans Going Forward:

  • Get the percentage time spent on my relationships back to about 15%

Physical: In June, I spent 2.9% of my time on my physical health.

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

Below is the split for the month of June, in comparison to the 1st Quarter, April and May:

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Unsurprisingly, the time spent on my physical training drop significantly.

June, post Comrades Marathon, is my rest month.

I do very little training. In certain years, I don’t train at all.

Physical Training Plans Going Forward:

  • Maintain my progress in the gym
  • Start training in July in preparation for the Soweto Marathon in November

Financial: In June, I spent 1% of my time on managing my money.

The average is always around 1% as you can see below:

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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.

My expenditure includes:

  • Tithing
  • 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 financial management has 4 objectives:

  1. Give glory to God for the ability he has given me to have a career and earn money
  2. Ensure I spend less than what I earn
  3. Grow the income I earn through investment into new or existing projects
  4. Have fun and celebrate the fruits of my work

Considering that I spent just under 3 hrs of my time on managing my money, 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
  • Dedicate a budget to starting my Herbalife Online business
  • Invest into my new Bitcoin Online business
  • 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 and functionality uplift)
  • Invest some money into a campaign linked to running and Comrades Marathon

Charity: In June, I spent just under 2.4% of my time on this area of my life.

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

Below is the split:

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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

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 my relationships.

However, leisure has to be a controlled activity.

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.

Below is a break down of my activities under this section:

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You’ll notice that there is a significant jump this month, in comparison to previous months and the 1st Quarter average.

You’ll notice that “Social Media” and “Watching TV” are the biggest contributors to my leisure time.

I spent just under 16 hrs on social media platforms. That’s crazy!

This is important because I acknowledge social media platforms as leisure and potential time wasters. In fact, in my post titled: “14 Distractions You Need To Avoid To Help You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions”, I list social media as the number 1 distraction on that list.

Because I can’t really pin down the exact time, I’ve taken a very conservative view that assumes that I spend approximately 45 minutes per day on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, etc).

16 hrs per month is a lot of time!

Do you also realize how much more time I could be wasting if this activity went unnoticed?

Leisure Plans Going Forward:

  • Continue to integrate my relationships around my leisure time
  • Travel extensively
  • Keep my leisure time round the 15%

Admin: In June, I spent 11.42% of my time on administrative activities.

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:

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The breakdown clearly shows that travelling is a massive time consumer in my life.

This is my travel time spent travelling to and fro income generating activities. 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.

I spent just under 13 hrs travelling. That’s a heck of a lot of time and there’s no ways I’m going to let all of it go to waste.

“Sundry” is activities I can never plan for. A lot of it includes helping my parents with various activities. I’m incredibly blessed to still have them alive and I try to make myself available to them as much as possible.

Admin Plans Going Forward:

  • Work during my travel time as much as possible
  • Maintain the time spent to an average of 15%
  • Manage my e-mail communication and time spent on it effectively

Time Management: This month, I spent 6.47% of my time on this area.

My time management activities are 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:

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The above clearly indicates that managing one’s time is not an automatic process.

It requires intent and diligence.

The “Planning” refers to the once a week planning I do at the start of every week. (Yeah, I know I have been doing a pathetic job of it). 

I guess it’s because I have a lot of my routine embedded in my head. BUT, that’s no excuse! Planning at the start of very week is vital.

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

Once a month, I consolidate all the data. And that’s what’s reflected under “Consolidating Activity Log”. In June, I spent just over 9 hours doing this and this accounted for the overall increase in the time spent on Time Management this month.

Lastly, I do the analysis. And that’s the report you are reading right now – reflected as “Writing Monthly Activity Report”.

In the month of June – for my May report – I spent just under 6 hours on this activity. This was significantly higher than the Q1 average and last month’s time.

Overall, the amount of time spent on my “Time Management” activities might seem like a lot of work when looking at the hours in isolation.

But, I always emphasize that context is key.

To spend approximately 17 hours (6.47%) in a full month 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 first 10 days of the following month

How Am I Able To Achieve Balance?

This has got to be one of the most burning questions that anyone reading this report should ask.

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 than the average person (Q1 average: 41% & June: 38%), I am able to achieve more because I have centred my business activities 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

June has been another great month!

Having said that, there’s plenty of work to be done in the 2nd half of 2016, as is clearly indicated by my “Plans Going Forward” section under each of the areas of my life.

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

Interesting and exciting times ahead as I enter the 2nd half of 2016.

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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