Lynnpro - February 2020

Life Have you seen the famous Bill Murray movie, “Groundhog Day”? It’s a classic this time of year, when the real-life groundhog is getting ready to pop out and look around for his shadow. A lot of people who like that movie watch it because they get a chuckle out of Murray getting frustrated living the same day over and over and looking like he’s going to blow his top, but for me, there’s actually a lesson in it: the value of time. The further Cheri and I go in our work with Strategic Coach, the more apparent it becomes that time is a precious commodity. Unlike money, time feels almost free — you wake up and you have 24 hours, just like that — but it’s still precious. Time is always coming and going, like water running from a faucet. It seems like we have a lot of it, almost an endless supply, but the truth is you can get money back, but I’ve never known anyone who has gotten back even a second of time. With that in mind, over the years I’ve come up with a unique strategy for managing my time, and making sure I can balance work, fun, and family. It’s simple: Every day, I make myself a to-do list, and it can only have three things on it. Just the other day, this was my list:

HOWMUCH IS YOUR TIMEWORTH? THE LOGIC BEHIND MY ‘THREE TASKS PER DAY’ RULE

people, and I’m done doing it! Now, my time is for my wife, my kids, and my grandkids. My employees get some, too, because they’re good people and I care about them and the work we do, but they don’t get so much that I go home feeling too burnt out to get on with the fun part of living. If you’ve been paying attention to this newsletter, you know that Cheri and I love to travel, hike, go to concerts, and push ourselves to our physical and mental limits. Well, you just can’t do that with half an hour of personal time and four hours of sleep. These days, if you offered to pay me

$200,000 to work weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a year, I’d turn it down stone cold.

Mop and vacuum the shop

When I implemented my three-tasks list, people told me I’d start falling behind. In fact, I’ve found that by staying away from the office and doing less I’m getting more done. By stepping back and refusing to hover, I’ve given my employees the freedom and confidence to do things themselves, and they’re happier and more efficient because of it. –Jeff Saxby

Make sure the air compressor gets fixed

Meet with my financial advisor

That’s it. To a lot of you, this list idea probably sounds crazy. You’re likely thinking, “Jeff, how the heck can you run a business if you only do three things per day?” Well, the answer is that I delegate. I spent years working 70- and 80-hour weeks. I’ve worked enough for a dozen normal

“With that in mind, over the years I’ve come up with a unique strategy for managing my time, and making sure I can balance work, fun, and family. It’s simple: Every day, I make myself a to-do list, and it can only have three things on it.”

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