March Activity Report

time management activities

Another month has come to an end in 2016.

In fact, the end of March, marks the end of the first quarter.

As always, it’s been a busy month, hence the incredibly late publishing of my monthly activity report this month.

But, more importantly, I really believe there’s potential for me to achieve much more – provided I tweak a few things.

That’s the essence of these activity reports. They need to give me an idea of where some of my results are lacking in relation to my plans.

Hopefully, through this month’s report I can bring to the fore a number of the areas I intend tweaking so I can improve my results.

First up, let me start by highlighting that the objective of this blog is to help my audience “Run A Fulfilling Life Race”.

As a result, I love sharing solutions on how to live a fulfilling, abundant and balanced lifestyle.

To achieve life fulfillment, abundance and balance, I believe you have to pro-actively take care of the key areas in your life.

I believe life has the following 8 key areas:

  1. Spiritual
  2. Mental
  3. Physical
  4. Relationships
  5. Career/ Vocational
  6. Financial
  7. Charitable
  8. Pleasure/ Leisure

To a large extent, the above are self-explanatory. However, I cover them at length in my Free Wealth Creation E-Course.

In the E-Course I also cover what I refer to as the “Less Is More” approach to life. By adopting this approach, I highlight why effective and wise usage of time requires you to do less.

The opposite – at least in my eyes – is true. The more activities you try and execute, the more difficult it is to focus and yield optimum results.

I also believe that optimum productivity can only be achieved if you monitor your activities.

Given the above, I have set the following objectives for my monthly reports:

  • Highlight that living a balanced life is possible (contrary to what most will tell you)
  • Share the blog posts published in the month (so you can choose which ones you want to read if you missed any)
  • Share what I’ve been up to
  • Highlight the one key reason why I am able to live a balanced lifestyle

I also need to highlight that this report is probably 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.

Honestly, the 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, money 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

Living a balanced lifestyle can be incredibly tough.

Think about a typical week in your life.

If you had to write down all the activities you have to accomplish in a week, you’d probably get the shock of your life.

The reality though is that most people go through the emotions of life. They don’t really pay attention to their life activities.

Going through the emotions often means you are living your life in re-active mode. When you are in re-active mode, it is impossible to live a balanced life.

The good news is that there is an alternative.

That alternative is being pro-active. By being pro-active, you design the life you want to live as opposed to re-acting to the circumstances around you.

Does that mean I have 100% control over my life? Absolutely not!

But, it does mean I have much better control over the outcomes and the direction of my life.

This very blog you are reading is not some thumb-suck. It didn’t happen by osmosis. I had to be proactive and create it because I was driven by inspiration.

The blog is approaching 2 years and the plans I had initially have not manifested exactly as I intended. In fact, a lot has gone wrong at times. But, I will tell you with certainty, that in 5 – 7 years time, I’ll reflect back on this blog and be very proud.

And I’ll probably be able to tick a number of objectives on my initial plans.

I hope you get my drift…

Let’s move along.

Below is a snapshot of how I’ve spent my time in the month of March, with a comparison to January and February:

Time Management Activities

From the above, it is clear that there was a significant change in the time spent on my career. I spent an incredible 42 hours less than I did in the month of February.

However, in the bigger scheme of things, I’m still spending approximately 40% of my life on my career.

And that’s exactly where I intend keeping it for the rest of my life!

I spent significantly more time on my Physical training. In March, there’s an 8 hour increase. That’s also fine and I’ll explain later on in the post.

I spent less time on pleasure and that is also fine. No train smash there.

Year Plan Going Forward:

  • Career: make some adjustments to my strategy and activities so I can use my time more effectively

So, let’s get into each area and do a bit more analysis.

What Have I Been Up To?

Spiritual: I’ve managed to dedicate approximately 9.7% of my time to my spiritual growth.

In February it was approximately 9.6%.

So it hovers around the 10% mark.

The breakdown of that is as follows:

define time management

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.

And when the pressure and busyness of life gets to you, it is so easy to drop the essence of who you are.

To keep spiritually healthy, I try to:

  • read my Bible at least 3 times a week
  • pray every morning and evening (for at least 5 mins each time)
  • attend church every weekend
  • serve in the Car Park ministry every second week

Spiritual Plan: 

  • Maintain my progress

Career: I spent 38.61% of my time on my Career, in comparison to last month’s 42.6%.

This is income generating work.

Here’s a breakdown for the month, relative to previous months:

why is time management important

 why is time management important

why is time management important

As you can see from the screenshots above, the 38.61% is represented as follows:

  • Nike+ Run Club (NRC): 32.88%
  • Run For Wealth Blog: 3.28%
  • Juice Business: 1.56%
  • Herbalife: 0.16%
  • Investigating Other Business Opportunities: 0.72%

Nike+ Run Club

Once again, NRC has kept me very busy. As I’ve indicated in previous months, I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

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

My role at Nike entails assisting Nike to roll out their worldwide running strategy in Johannesburg.

The work entails a number of meetings where we plan and monitor our execution. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we have our live sessions.

I work with a fantastic team both locally and globally. The engine of NRC is undoubtedly the Pacer Team.

NRC is a fast moving and evolving culture. The machinery behind the scenes to make sure it runs smoothly is immense.

However, the biggest pressure remains the live sessions – where everyone is able to see our success or lack thereof.

March, in particular, has been a high pressured and hectic month. However, I’ve seen the Pacer Team remain resolute and highly committed.

And that, in the month of March, has been an incredible highlight for me.

Below is a picture of the Pacer Team:

Nike+ Run Club Johannesburg

NRC continues to grow as a brand locally and internationally.

In Johannesburg, there are some exciting plans in the pipeline. And I’m looking forward to every moment of it.

Run For Wealth

Run For Wealth continues to be the anchor of all the work that I do. Sounds strange right? Especially when you consider that I spent a poultry 3.28% of my time on it.

The significant drop from the time spent in previous months is due to the movement of the “Monthly Activity Report” to a section titled “Time Management”.

Although the “Monthly Activity Report” is published on this blog, the activities and analysis thereof extend beyond Run For Wealth.

As such, tracking it under the “Time Management” will yield better results.

As the Editor at Run For Wealth, I compile and publish all the content on this platform.

In the month of February, I published 1 article:

LifeHack

I am also a Guest Writer at LifeHack.Org. I didn’t publish any article on their platform in the month of March.

Juice Business

I have a juice business that I have been running for about 5 years. At the moment, it’s a straight forward and very simple business that entails logistics – delivery of the juice from the manufacturer to a niche network of consumers. (Hopefully one day I’ll be able to expand on this business that I believe hs massive potential). 

I did very little work on it this month.

Marathon Based Leadership

Marathon Based Leadership is a course I’ve written and developed.

I did no work on it in the month of March.

Wealthy Affiliate

I did no work on Wealth Affiliate in the month of March.

Herbalife 

I did very little work. Processed an order for a client.

Properties

I did no work this month.

Commodities

I did no work this month.

Investigating Other Business Opportunities

I attended an Amway Business Opportunity.

In summary, my career may seem like a very busy and potentially confusing matrix.

But, there are two key things my stats tell me.

The first is that, I spent approximately 38% of my time on my career in March – a slight deviation from previous months.

And this is a very key statistic. Broken down, it translates to approximately:

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

The average person spends 8 hours per day at work, and chances are very high that they achieve less in terms of productivity.

Secondly, it tells me that I need to work hard at getting a more balanced weighting on my career. I’m currently spending approximately 85% of my time on NRC.

That’s too high!

So, there’s a lot of work ahead in trying to working smarter and spend more time on the other areas, especially Run For Wealth. 

Do you now begin to understand the significance of such an analysis?

Career Plans going forward:

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

  • promote the products and services through paid advertising
  • link it to some of my video content (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)
  • 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

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 March, I spent just under 14% of my time on my relationships. This is exactly the same as the amount spent in February.

Here’s a summary:

How To Have A Healthy Relationship

As you can see, I split my relationships into a number of what I consider to be key people.

In March, I spent about 14% of my time on actively working on the health of the relationships I have.

This area 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.

You might notice the “Business Partners” or “Colleagues” section and wonder why I don’t include this under my “Career” section.

The relationship section is where I spend time with business partners and/or colleagues outside of work or business and I simply have a good time and let loose a bit.

In March, the highlight has to be my trip to Cape Town, for the Two Oceans Marathon.

I had an awesome time. Got to get some rest and spend some time with my younger sister and my running buddies.

Below are a few pics:

Hout Bay, Cape Town

Hout Bay, Cape Town

Hout Bay, Cape Town

Hout Bay, Cape Town

Table Mountain, Cape Town

Table Mountain, Cape Town

Relationship Plans Going Forward:

  • Get the percentage time spent back to round about the 20% mark
  • Make sure that I spend time will all key people in my life every month (you’ll notice that this month I did not spend any time with my business partners)

Physical: March is one of the toughest training months in my calendar. This is where we ramp up the mileage in preparation for the Comrades Marathon, a 89 km race dubbed “The Ultimate Human Race”.

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 March, I spent approximately 23 hours on my training, a significant jump from the 17 hours in February.

Here’s a comparison from previous months:

Physical Health

As you can see, I spend more time running than I do cross training.

In March, my training included 298 kms over 19 runs and 5 gym sessions compared to 12 runs, totaling 173 kms and 6 gym sessions in February.

Below is a breakdown of the workouts:

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Time Management Activities

What is physical health

It is quite clearly from the above that my training is intense.

Because of that, it might seem like I spend most of my life running and doing gym work.

But, that’s far from the truth.

In March, I only spent 11.69% of my time on physical training.

You’ll also notice that I am some 158 kms behind on my Year To Date training mileage.

But, that’s ok. No stress.

Physical Training Plans Going Forward:

  • Run one more Marathon & Ultra Marathon before Comrades Marathon in 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 February, I spent 0.84% of my time managing my money, in comparison to the 1.14% in February.

This equates to a total of just under 2 hrs.

In doing that, I track the following key areas of expenditure:

  • 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

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)

Charity: Having a charitable spirit is vital to 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 the collection and distribution of clothes that are donated. I also mentor a few people.

Sadly, in Match, I did none of the above.

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 your relationships.

What’s important about this section is that it highlights any abnormalities.

And this is where most people waste their time in life. They spend too much time having fun and being unproductive because of the distractions of life.

In March, I spent approximately 7.5% of my time on leisure, in comparison to February’s 11.5%.

Below is a breakdown:

Time Management Activities

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%

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

  1. are essential to managing your life
  2. 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

Again, it’s important to notice that travelling consumes a lot of my time.

As a result, I try as much as possible to travel using public transport so I can do some of my work during that travelling time. 15 hrs is a heck of a long 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.

Below is the breakdown of activities:

Why is time management important

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

It requires intent and diligence.

I spent approximately 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.

The “Updating Activity Log” refers to the input of the time spent on all my activities each day. I spent just over 3 hrs doing that in March.

Once a month, I consolidate all the data. In March, it took me 3.5 hrs.

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

In the month of March – for my February report – I spent just over 7 hrs writing the report.

It might seem like a lot of work when looking at the hours in isolation. However, 6% is very little time for the amount of value I am able to get from all these activities.

Time Management Plans Going Forward:

  • Become more consistent in my weekly Planning

How Am I Able To Achieve Balance?

The key to achieving balance is pro-actively and intentionally chasing employment or a business model that gives you 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 (39%) 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.

Every business opportunity I pursue, except for the juice business, is centred around this business model. There’s massive potential in the juice business (especially because I can link it to some charity work I intend doing). For now, I’m more than happy to continue with it.

Conclusion

March has been another awesome month.

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

I did mention in last month’s activity report that I would use SYNERGY to ensure that I achieve my plans going forward.

Interesting and exciting times ahead.

A lot of my activities are inter-linked because of this powerful concept known as synergy.

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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