Living in a capitalistic society, I tend to wonder what characteristics contribute to a financially successful person. Although I currently work in a constrictive corporate 9 to 5, there are many opportunities to learn and enrich myself within the confines of my company. Even among the negatives of the corporate world, I’m lucky enough to work in an environment where the president of the company is readily accessible.
Thomas, the president of the company, created the business from scratch 35 years ago with his father and brother. With only $20,000 in capital to start the company, they worked tirelessly out of their small living room. Since then, the business has grown exponentially, raising revenues to $300,000,000 and employing over 600 full time staff.
I used to be a night owl and had a difficult time getting out of bed and getting to work. (If you haven’t read my post ‘night owl turned early bird,’ let’s just say I was consistently late to work) Obviously, the president took notice of my tardiness and so began the “come into my office, for a talk.” Rather than threats or intimidation, however, he began teaching me what he believed lead to his successes in life.
The 5 lessons I learned from the 300 million dollar man:
6 Time Blocks to Success : Learn to Schedule your Day Like Benjamin Franklin Part 2/2
In part 1 of the series, we took a look at how Benjamin Franklin scheduled his days and learned that Franklin divided his day into 6 time blocks, with each time block having a specific purpose. In the second part of the series, we will take a close look at how Franklin used each time block to achieve extraordinary productivity throughout his lifetime.
1. Morning (5:00 am – 8:00 am) ‘Planning’Franklin was well known for his early rising, but early rising alone doesn’t make for a productive day. Looking at his morning schedule, Franklin would “Rise, wash, and address Powerful Goodness; Contrive day’s business, and take the resolution of the day; prosecute the present study, and breakfast.”
It is easier to focus and plan the day’s responsibilities in the early morning hours before the commotion begins. By creating our goals for a purposeful day early in the morning, we are able to focus and increase productivity. On the other hand, not planning your day in advance may lead you to be taken over by ‘urgent and important’ tasks that have you constantly putting out fires as taught by Stephen Covey. Finally, what may be the most important part of Franklin’s day was to ask the question “What good shall I do today?”