Day In The Life of…

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Here’s a regular day in my life…

This is the schedule that lets me get so much work done, while still allowing me to…

=> interact with folks on my TT forum and on Twitter

=> carve out 2.5 hours of quality dog time (insert family time if you are married with kids)

=> have a nice 20 minute walk to the gym for a 45 minute workout, 3 times per week.

(Last year I was staying up later and getting up later, but I realized I prefer to get up early and get more quality work done in the morning. I also find it less stressful to be an “early to rise” kind of guy…And Bally the Dog likes getting up early and going to bed early, too!).

6ish - Get up, take dog for 60-90 minute walk. (If you are a parent, you could get up and do your writing at this time and then get your kid ready for school during the time I normally do my writing.)

7:30 – Start workday by writing TWO 500 word articles (used for SEO or affiliates or article submission, etc) or for my newsletter. Sometimes I even do program design for TT workouts.

A 500 word article should take you NO MORE than 15 minutes (with a little practice).

The 3 keys to writing faster are:

a) Plan the focus of your article (i.e. if you are writing SEO articles, focus on a specific keyword)

b) Outline the article the day before so you aren’t starting with a blank screen. A 500 word article should have 5 sub-heads (these could be planned out the day before and will make your writing go much faster)

c) Tell a story about past clients rather than writing instruction (i.e. its easier to tell a story about how you helped John Doe lose 5 pounds in 7 days with your 3 secrets rather than writing an article on how people need to follow your 3 secrets to lose weight)

8:00 - After writing, I take 15 minutes to review a set of inspirational “quotes” (for lack of a better word). These include…

a) The 100 Kekich Credos – By Dave Kekich (Click here to download the Kekich Credos)

b) Ted Nicholas’ 21 Daily Affirmations (from Billion Dollar Marketing Secrets)

c) Dan Kennedy’s “10 Things to Do this Month” from one of his No B.S. books

d) Frank McKinney’s 49 Principles from “Make It Big”

e) Yanik Silver’s 11 Sales Hot Buttons

f) Yanik’s 34 Rules for Maverick Entrepreneurs

8:15 - Review daily tasks

8:30 - Write newsletter (for Turbulence Training or Online SuperProfits)

9:30 - Check email/check forum/check twitter

10:00 - Major project time

This could be creating a new TT workout…writing newsletters…writing emails…writing books…etc. This is where you have to go into “lock down” and avoid email, forum, etc., IF you want to make progress.

12:00 - Dog walk, workout (or train client), lunch, and errands

2:30 - Check email/check forum/check twitter/check real mail

3:00 – I always reserve 3pm for phone interviews, phone coaching, or recording TT teleseminars

4:00 – Major project time (same as 10am)

6:00 - Dog walk and Dinner

8:00 - Two to three nights per week I’ll work another 1-2 hours on email writing or teleseminars. Once or twice per month we do a 2-3 hour filming session for Turbulence Training and

So I get about 8-10 hours of work done each day using this system.

HOWEVER, the work that I get done before 9:30am sometimes feels like a full day of productivity.

The major lesson is to get as much work done as possible before you get into the routine of checking things online.

Each day I try and push that back another minute or five, and some days I even make it till noon without checking the online stuff. This lets me create more content for my sites to serve the customers better and better.

I hope that schedule gives you some ideas on how to get more work done in less time without working any harder,

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS

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January 4, 2009

Shannon Clark @ 7:53 pm

Great points, Craig. I’m working on getting a schedule plan figured out myself to keep everything more organized. I find what often throws me off the most is when something unexpected comes up that has to be dealt with right away.

Definitely since I’ve learned to close down the Facebook window though…productivity has improved.

Thanks for sharing a typical day in your life.

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Debra @ 9:44 pm

Thanks for sharing. Motivates me even more to pour through the OSP in a box material when I get it! Can’t wait!

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Jeremy and Alissa Nelms @ 10:15 pm

Hey, Craig. Fantastic blog today. Your quick and simple hints for writing TWO articles in 30 minutes was extremely helpful.

I’m going to put that one into action.

Take care,

Jeremy Nelms
The Goal Experts!

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January 5, 2009

Henrik @ 3:47 am

Hi Craig, thank you for sharing and great inspiration.


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Marc @ 11:44 am

That’s great Craig.

I’ve been trying to get my day planned better so I become more productive and seeing how you do it gives me a blueprint.


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Shannon – Facebook is Evil! Limit your time on that site.


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Rick Kaselj - Healing Through Movement @ 4:28 pm


Great info.

I started using iGoogle to be more efficient and focus on the days key tasks.

Rick Kaselj

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February 5, 2009

The Fitness Buff @ 9:42 am

I agree, I started getting up at 5 and I felt like I got a ton more done on those days. When I give into the snooze button, I feel way behind now.
Good idea to not check online stuff for the first few hours. Once you get on, it is hard to get off. I will include that starting tomorrow.
Thanks for the very helpful and inspiring post!


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February 12, 2009

Ruth @ 4:53 pm

Craig, thanks so much for sharing that! Any chance you could come over to the UK to do some stuff?

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March 10, 2009

PenneArdICS @ 9:24 am

Thanks for the peek into your very productive day, my friend! Two resources you and Bally might enjoy, if you haven’t already tapped into them:

*Be the Pack Leader by Cesar Millan (The Dog Whisperer) If you haven’t seen Cesar running with an unleashed pack of dogs behind him, one picture is worth a thousand words! :D

*The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss (his “Experiments in Lifestyle Design” blog rocks, too!)

Still working on the Family Fitness project — thanks again for your suggestions on modifying the beginners TT. We plan to do some preliminary filming this spring in different scenic locations about town, and I’ll pass the clips along for your perusal and input, if you like. Want to be sure we’re getting it right!

Cheers ~
Penne & the CanDo! Crew

Naturally F1T Family

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March 31, 2009

Murali @ 3:33 pm

Craig! fantastic illustration of Diet VS. Exercise! Thanks for so many sane points!

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May 29, 2009

Kaiser @ 12:17 am

I love getting these inside looks into highly productive and successful people – good one Craig!

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