“Beginning each day on a disciplined schedule that keeps you busy and is filled with worthy actions is critical to success in life.”

Most people use time as an excuse for not doing things that they know will be good for them and claim that they just don’t have time. But the reality is that most of these people simply refuse to put worthwhile items on their schedule. Time is indeed money here, and the way in which you utilize your time today will determine how much money you have tomorrow.

The word production comes from the word produce, which means, “to cause to have existence or to happen or bring about”. It also means, “to compose, create, or bring out by intellectual or physical effort”. If you want to cause something to have existence, you must combine time with actions to produce the economy you desire.

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Sooner or later, the productive person will be paid in some way, and inefficient people won’t. To put it a different way: The person who willingly swings the bat has a better chance at success than the person who refuses to swing.

Any production, output, effort, or action done in sufficient quantities on a regular basis is better than no production—and it will get you results. Pack your calendar and planner with efforts at production. While the items on your calendar do not all have to be business related, they should all beget production of some sort.

I often say the following in my seminars: “The more you produce, the more you can produce!” Increasing your efforts in virtually any facet of your life will lead to enhanced performance in other seemingly disconnected areas. But without a plan or commitment to using time productively, you won’t be able to generate enough with the time you have.

“The first thing I decide when committing to my schedule is what time I will go to sleep and what time I will wake.”

If you don’t control what time you go down, you will never be able to manage what time you wake up. Though we all have alarm clocks to get us out of bed in the morning, we usually lack a commitment to a strict bedtime. But establishing one helps us wake up feeling rested, focused, and prepared to produce. Sleep becomes the pivotal part of my work schedule.

Here’s an example of a recent day’s schedule:

  • 6:00 Wake up, drink water with lemon, write down my goals
  • 6:15–7:00 Work out, listen to training material, swim and shower
  • 7:00 Eat breakfast with family
  • 7:20–8:00 Drive to office, pay a personal visit to client. Use all driving time to listen to training material.
  • 8:00–8:15 Meet with group
  • 8:16–9:00 Write weekly article for Huffington Post and Entrepreneur
  • 9:00–10:00 Attend meeting to plan website strategy, promotion, and marketing
  • 10:00–11:50 Direct client calls, followed up with mail and e-mail
  • 12:00–2:00 Lunch with VIP client
  • 2:00–3:00 More writing on book/product development meetings
  • 3:00–4:30 Create new PowerPoint for latest seminar
  • 4:30–5:00 Personal client—drop in on my way home
  • 5:15–6:30 Downtime—play and family
  • 6:30–8:00 Continue writing a new book/do research for an upcoming radio show regarding business
  • 8:00–10:00 Watch recorded movie with family (avoiding news)
  • 10:00 Shower, write goals, spend time with my wife, get to bed

I urge you to keep a very tight, disciplined schedule to keep yourself and your company focused and productive. Once you confirm your sleeping and waking times, you can then pack the rest of your day with production-oriented endeavors.

Better to have a full schedule and wonder how you will get all this done than have no schedule and become apathetic because there is nothing to do. Make it clear to the world every day that you have “things to do and people to see.” Move fast—heck, even run—from one activity to the next.

If you need training material to keep you motivated, fighting on the path to greatness, and skilling up to dominate your market, enroll to CardoneU today. You will not be disappointed.

We all have the same amount of time. Treat yours like it is valuable.

Your friend in business and sales,

Grant Cardone