May Activity Report

Time Management Activities

It’s that time of the month again – where I publish my monthly activity report.

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

These 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 and 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 80 – 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 20% 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 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 has ever crossed your mind before – great!

I hope I can cement that though and help you turn the thought into implementation.

If the thought has never crossed your mind before – awesome!

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 May, highlighting a comparison from the 1st Quarter average and April:

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 just over 10%.

You’ll notice that the time spent in this area in April and over the 1st Quarter of the year was approximately 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 time to my spiritual growth.

To keep spiritually healthy, I try to:

Spiritual Plan Going Forward: 

  • Maintain my progress

Career: I spent 33.74% on my career this month.

This is significantly lower than the Quarter 1 average of 41%.

Below is a breakdown:

 Time Management Activities

Time Management Activities

Why Is Time Management Important

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 33.74% is represented as follows:

  • Nike+ Run Club (NRC): 24.69%
  • Run For Wealth Blog: 7.74%
  • Juice Business: 1.31%

Nike+ Run Club

NRC continues to keep me extremely busy.

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

What a blast I have each and every week. And what a privilege it is to spearhead a project of this nature.

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.

I’m glad that I spent a significantly higher amount of time in May.

During the month of May, I published 1 article:

Juice Business

I spent 1.31% 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.

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

The approximately 34% 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 amount of time I am spending on my career. 

Career Plans going forward (same as previous month):

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 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 (same as previous month)

  • 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 spent 8% of my time on my relationships in May.

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 “Leisure” time.

The 8% is significantly lower that the 1st Quarter average and the previous month of April.

There were significant drops across all the relationship area.

The most noticeable change, being the time I spent (or did not spend) with my girlfriend. Not ideal! And I have to make up for it very soon.

Here’s a summary:

Time Management Activities

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 15 – 20 % mark

Physical: In May, I spent 9.13% 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 May, in comparison to the 1st Quarter and April

Time Management Activities

There was a significant drop from the previous month and 1st Quarter because the month of May is Comrades Marathon.

During that month, it is always advisable to reduce the amount spent in the gym and taper on the running.

The highlight for the month was obviously the completion of my 5th Comrades Marathon. I ran my 2nd best time and finished in a time of 9 hrs 41 mins. Although I didn’t achieve my target goal of finishing withing 9 hrs, I really think the experience highlighted to me why failure is awesome.

Below is a picture of me finishing:

how to overcome failure

Physical Training Plans Going Forward:

  • Rest in the month of June
  • Maintain my progress in the gym
  • Start training in July in preparation for the Soweto Marathon in November

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

Looking forward to some much needed rest.

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

The average in Quarter 1 and April is around 1%

How To Become Wealthy

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 approximately 2.5 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 into Amway
  • 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 May, I spent just under 2% 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:

Charity

As you can see, the amount dedicated to charity work in May is significantly higher than the 1st Quarter average.

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.

Below is a break down:

Time Management Activities

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

You’ll notice that “Social Media” is the biggest contributor to my leisure time. I spent just under 4 hrs on social media platforms.

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).

4 hrs per month is a lot of time!

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

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: In May, I spent 20.56% 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:

Time Management Activities

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.

13 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.

You will also notice that the huge jump was the result of “Race Registrations”. Kind of weird that I’d spend 18 hours on race registrations. But this is an exception. Included in there is the time spent at the Comrades Marathon expo on the Friday and Saturday prior to race day.

“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 average of 10%
  • Manage my e-mail communication and time spent on it effectively

Time Management: This month, I spent 2.23% 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:

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 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 May, I spent 3 hrs doing this.

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 May – for my April report – I spent 30 minutes, a significant decrease from Quarter 1 average of 2.5 hrs and the April figure of just under 6 hrs. The reason is that I was late in writing my April report and did a lot of the writing in the month of June.

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 6 hrs (2.23%) 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 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 than the average person(Quarter 1 average: 41% & May: 33.74%), I am able 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

May has been another super month!

But, there’s potential for a great deal of improvement. My “Plans Going Forward” section clearly indicates that 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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  1. Lindiwe Maseko
    1 year ago

    Thank you for sharing. For a second I thought I was losing my mind with implementing change in my life. Feels good to know there are others like me out there and we can come and share such to be in isolation or live with guilt. Ngiyabonga


    • Peteni
      1 year ago

      It’s a pleasure Lindiwe.

      Trust me, you are not alone. And I hope the read has helped inspire you to make those changes.

      Looking forward to some great feedback from you.