How I learned so much about time management....
And how I created a
website about it.....
My name's Andy, and I live in Jacksonville, FL with my wife, daughter,
and our lovable labrador Kramer.
I learned so about time management for two reasons:
I mentioned on the home page, when I was in my twenties I was living in
Vail, CO and had my hands pretty full. I was constantly being
pulled in different directions between my family, running my tax and
accounting business, being involved in the community through Rotary,
keeping myself in shape, and occasionally trying to find some time to
- A love for continuous learning and growing.
I started creating this website to meet a third need: helping
others learn and grow...more about that in a bit.
a tax and accounting practice is a lot like juggling...constantly
keeping lots of balls in the air. I had to have a way to get
clients the information they needed, and ensure I met their deadlines,
and stayed up to date on the latest laws and rules, and marketed my
practice, and networked with other professionals...
You get the
picture....and that was just the professional side of my life.
I was just as busy, spending time with my family and friends, staying
in shape, skiing occasionally, managing our personal finances......
was completely stressed, and was looking for a way out....fortunately
answers were there for me....I just had to know where to look.
had been to Tony Robbins Unleash the Power Within seminar a couple of
years before, so I already knew the power of focus and goal setting,
two of the most critical time management techniques I use consistently
to this day. What really made all of the pieces of my life
together was when I went through Tony's Time of Your Life program.
The first four days of the Time of Your Life helped me create
blueprint for me entire life, both personally and professionally.
mapped out all of the areas of my life both personally and
professionally, and created excited visions and roles for each area, so
that I actually wanted to spend time in each area.
up with was not only a blueprint for my life, but a way of keeping
I no longer found myself spending too
time working with clients and neglecting marketing and networking; more
importantly, I no longer spent too much time focused on my professional
life, at the expense of my personal life.
I achieved something that I see so many people longing for:
good news was the I had a way of tracking all of the big items in my
life; the bad news was that sometimes the little things would still
slip by un-noticed.
Fortunately I discovered
Allen's Getting Things Done, aka GTD. Being a bottom up
GTD gave me the tools I needed to capture all of the little things that
came my way and to get them into my planning system, no matter where I
am or what I'm doing.
The combination of the two systems is
powerful: I have a blueprint for my life, a system
balanced, and I have a way of capturing everything that comes my way,
knowing I never have to worry about forgetting things or accidentally
dropping them out, no matter how busy I get.
A huge step forward
of the areas that I'd previously ignored before having a way of staying
balanced was health and fitness. Since I knew the power of
and the power of goals, I knew I could turn myself around with a strong
enough vision, and boy did I. What does this have to do with
Stick with me....you'll see the connection
Back in 2005 I set two goals that were completely
ridiculous at the time: I said I would do a marathon within
year, and an ironman triathlon within five years. I had no
what I had just committed myself to.....
Two things happen after setting a goal:
1. Resources show up
2. Challenges show up
a marathon training plan was the easy part. Finding the time
train for a marathon was the hard part. The training plan I
to follow had me running 4 days per week, plus two days of cross
Thank god I already had my time management systems
place, and had so many fantastic time management techniques at my
disposal...I had no problem fitting in all of the training.
Sure enough, less than a year after setting my goals, I had finished
my first marathon.
the bigger goal of doing an ironman triathlon presented some new
challenges.....for starters I was a horrible swimmer, and the ironman
starts out with a 2.4 mile ocean swim.
My training moved up
whole new level: swimming with a coach two days a week, plus
more swims on my own, running three days per week, biking three days
I was right back to one big juggling act....keeping
all of the balls in the air. There's no way I could have
any of it without all of the techniques keeping me effective and
efficient, and the systems keeping my on track, making sure nothing got
The Beginning of a Website
I blogged about
the last six months of my ironman training using blogspot. I
blogged about it for my friends and family to keep up with the
craziness of training for an ironman, as well as to give others a
resource if they were thinking about doing an ironman. The
was also a great resource for me to keep up with my progress.
It's so easy to lose track of how far we've come without
something objective to look back on.....I'm sure you've experienced
that in your own life.
After the ironman, I decided that there
was so much valuable information in my blog, that I wanted to both
share it with anyone who was interested, and to find a way to make an
income from it. A very successful webmaster recommended I use
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