Saturday, October 30, 2010

Double your income & your time off.

I have been reading Focal Point by Brian Tracy and it has drastically changed my perspective of life and I want to share. Here is a quick expert:

By applying the Focal Point Process to your life, you can double your income and double your time off. Many achieve these twin goals in as little as thirty days. When they hear this claim, most people are skeptical. They do not believe that it is possible to double their income and double their time off simultaneously. Most people are trapped in an old paradigm: They believe that the only way they can increase their incomes is by increasing the amount of worked they do or the number of hours they work. In fact, many people feel guilty if they are not working almost to the point of exhaustion most of the time. However, this is an old way of thinking that leads inevitably to physical, emotional, and spiritual dead end.
The world had changed dramatically, and we must change with it. In less than two generation, we have moved from the Industrial Age through the Service Age and into the Information Age. In the Information Age, knowledge has become the primary resource and the most valuable factor of production. We have moved from the Age of Manpower to the Age of Mindpower. In this new age, you are no longer rewarded for the hours you put in but for what you put into those hours.

Then later in the steps to doubling your income and doubling your time off there was this:
4. Decided today to take at least one full day each week off work during which you spend time exclusively on your personal pursuits. During this time off, refuse to do anything associated with work. Do not read, make telephone calls, catch up on your correspondence, work our your computer, or do anything else work related. Let your brain  completely recharge and rejuvenate by turning your attention to something apart from the work you do during the week.

5. Once you are comfortable taking o once day off each week, expand your time off to two days a full weekend, every week. Begin to schedule a three-day vacation every three months and eventually every two months.....

The more you get your time and your life under control, the more you will get done, the more enjoyable you work will be. The more you get done, the more free time you will have. The more free time you have, the more rested you will be when you are working, thereby getting even more done.

Obviously there is a lot more to the book, but this point hit home for me,  since I have been a working adult I do not believe that I have ever taken a full day off of work. Maybe a few camping trips in the past but definitely not once a week. Here is our first experience of a completely personal day:

We were heading to SC to close on our house and our family has a beautiful lake house on Lake Murry, this is our favorite bedroom in the world.
The best part is the view in the morning

Hot Spark on a chilly fall morning

After an hour of driving this is the only place we could find for breakfast

It was full of old signs..this was my fav

The waitress could not believe we didn't want grits and toast...
Found a farmers market for trail snacks and pumpkins

7mile hike start

Sam's pretty
apple from the market

Cool bridges over little creeks
Eat the skin of a kiwi its awesome!
Sam loved kiwi..

Know we had to get some crossfit/yoga pics...Jere in a handstand
Crow on a wall
7miles down
Back to the lake house
pumpkin carving
The only reason I carve pumpkins...the seeds! Soak in salt water for 2-3hours

Bake at 350 for 20min then flip and bake again for 20min

The dogs had an awesome time!
I can see how this works....We we refreshed and ready to go back to work after the long day of fun! What do you do to relax and refresh??

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