HOW TO
HAVE A LIFE

 

Plan your year to get more done,
build a more successful business
and enjoy your life.


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What did you give up last year?

Did you work too much, too long and too hard? Did your business take up all our time, most of your attention and a lot of your energy? Did your frustration spill over and hurt your loved ones?

You’re not alone. When you’re a solopreneur or small business owner you are your business – and your business seems to consume all of your time and energy so that there’s little left for yourself, your family and your friends.

Somehow the first casualty of running a business is ourselves. We delay taking vacations, postpone family outings and sometimes even miss important events. In the long run, this wears us down, our family pays the price and we’re left with a (sometimes) successful business but not much else.

So how can you lead a more balanced life without giving up on your business?



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Prioritising time for yourself and your family pays back – big time. When you’re in top form and your family is taken care of, you will be more focused, get more done in less time and still have time to walk the dog.

You can have a business – and a life.

Over the last two years I’ve used and taught the Have a Life planning system to focus your energy so that you can get more done in your business and have a more balanced and fulfilling life.

When you’re rested, focused and energised – and you know that your family is taken care of – you can focus like a laser on the things that matter now. When you focus you get more done, and when you’re done you can let it all go so you can recover and focus your energy on the next thing.

This is not a calendar or appointment management system.
The Have a Life planner is a system for planning and allocating your time and energy so that you can focus on what matters, knowing that you’ve taken care of all the other areas of your life.

But it does get very practical.
We start planning at a yearly level, zoom in to quarterly and then down to weekly – and show you how to integrate your time allocation with your calendar. You will be amazed at how much you can get done – and actually accomplish those New Years resolutions.

How it works

The Have a Life planner is based on and integrates with the Tornado Method. (If you’re not yet familiar with the Tornado Method, you can download the Beginner’s Guide here.)

Concepts, principles and putting yourself first
The methodology starts with understanding some core concepts and why it is so critically important to put yourself first. With those concepts in hand, we start allocating your time for the year, starting with your Personal time (together with your spouse / partner / significant other).

Planning in the context of your life and your business
The annual plan then gets transferred to the calendar quarters. Quarterly planning includes setting your personal goals and using the Tornado Method to determine your business focus and set your quarterly business objectives.

A flying start to each week
From there, we do rough planning for the quarter, dive into weekly planners and integrate that into your calendar. This is where the proverbial rubber hits the road – and you hit each week running rather than trying to figure out what you need to do.


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This is the actual planning sequence we use in the Have a Life planner. The Business Assessment in the top right is from the Beginner’s Guide to the Tornado Method.


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As a solopreneur or small business owner you have to shoulder a lot of responsibility. Having your act together is going to make the difference between success and struggle for you – and others as well.

For solopreneurs and small business owners (mostly)

The Have a Life planner was developed specifically for solopreneurs and small business owners. Because your business is such a big part of your life, I based the planner on the Tornado Method – the framework for building and running a small business.

As a business owner, your business becomes your life. If you’re not at peak efficiency, your business will suffer. So the Have a Life approach is to put you first so that you can perform at peak efficiency when you’re working.

Whether you’re just starting up or growing your business, you’re going to find that you get more done in less time because you’re focused and energised when you need to be.

(Mostly? We’re finding that employees are getting benefits from the planner as well – even if it is just to make sure they take care of themselves as much as they take care of your business.)

This seems like an awful lot of time for planning?

If you want to have a life and a more successful business, and you’re willing to invest in planning, you will be amazed at how little time you need to get real results:

  • Annual planning: 1-2 hours once a year
  • Quarterly planning: 1 hour once a quarter
  • Monthly reviews and updates: 1 hour per month
  • Weekly planning and updates: 30-60 minutes per week

So for an investment of around 3 to 4 hours per month, you will work less, get more done, build a more successful business and get to have a life.

But this doesn’t happen by itself – you must be willing to put in the work to make the system work.


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“Wasting” time on planning is a bit like cleaning the windscreen on your car before you get in to drive – you’ll know when you need to turn. Don’t clean the windscreen and you’re likely heading for trouble.


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Having too much to do is part of being a solopreneur or small business owner. But when you start making room for chaos you can actually get the stuff done you committed to – and handle the chaos (and still have a life).

I have too much chaos in my life – this will never work

Sorry – you’re doomed to spend the rest of your life fighting one fire after another.

Seriously though, if you’re tired of chaos and fighting fires, I would like you to think about this:


All of us have to deal with chaos. Chaos happens and there’s nothing we can do to stop all of it. But when we recognise that chaos happens, and we make allowance for it, and we’re willing to sometimes say no, we can handle most of it, still meet our commitments and have a life.


This is not easy – I know (been there and done that). So one of the things we do in the Have a Life planner is make room for chaos. I encourage you to never commit more than 75% of your time – you’re going to need the slack.

The only time planning system in the world designed for solopreneurs and small business owners

You already know that you have to be in top form to run a successful business – so you will start with the Have a Life planner making sure you have time for yourself and your family.

The planner then integrates your business priorities into your time planner. You will need to use the Tornado Method’s Top-Level Assessment and Revenue Engine Worksheet to determine where you need to focus, and the Domino Sequence to find the order in which you need to approach things.

This then gets transferred to your Have a Life planner where you plan out when you’ll be working on this stuff – keeping in mind that you’ve already planned all of your time and you need to make room for chaos.

Time planning to have a life, business planning to fit the plan. Cool.


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Building a business while still having a life means that you have to take care of all the pieces of the puzzle. Neglect one of those and you’re not going to end up with a pretty picture.

Take as little or as much as you need

The Have a Life planner

The 37-page guide including all the templates. This is a step-by-step instruction manual with real-life examples and best practices. Loaded with diagrams to show you what your planner should be looking like at each stage of the planning process.

The video walkthrough

A guided tour through the whole process of preparing to use the planner, planning your time, integrating your business priorities and planning your weeks. Includes a special bonus section on time blocking to supercharge your daily productivity.

The Accountability Partner program

If you feel that you’re going to do better working with a group of like-minded peers, the Accountability Partner program is for you.

A dedicated Slack workspace: Make your commitments public, select your accountability partner(s), ask questions and get feedback, kudos and encouragement when you need it. The Slack channel is available all the time and I check in there at least once every weekday.

Monthly video calls: Live Q&A, special techniques, hints and tips. Every month on the second Wednesday of the month at 13:00 MST (check your local time here). Runs from January to June 2018.


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The no-questions-asked no-reason-required money-back guarantee

I’m proud of my products and stand behind them 100%. So if you’re not satisfied that the Have a Life planner and related products are going to help you have a more productive year and a better work / life balance, I will refund you in full.

Here’s what you need to know:

This product is guaranteed for 30 days from your date of purchase. If for any reason you don’t like the product, you can email me for a full refund. I will refund your full purchase with a smile.

Have a Life 2018

  Basic Plus Premium
Have a Life guide (PDF download)
Video Walkthrough (available 5 Jan 2018)  
Accountability Partner Program (starts 8 Jan 2018)    

Sales of Have a Life 2018 have ended. Have a Life 2019 will be available in December 2018!

PS: The Have a Life planner is only available for purchase until the end of April – after that you will have to wait until the end of the year for the 2019 planner.

PPS: Notice the special bonus in the Plus version? Get hyper-productive with time blocking – amaze your friends and your family!

PPPS: The Accountability Partner program will help you get the most from the planner – ask questions 24/7 on the Slack channel and get live advice & feedback once a month directly from me.