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 three 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 methodology will take you step-by-step through the process of establishing your guiding principles, planning your time and putting it all into practice.

Get a solid footing
The methodology starts with defining what a “good” year looks like and establishing the principles that will determine how you use your time.

Plan to have a life
How much vacation are you going to have this year? Will you devote time to strategic planning? What about your back office and admin tasks? It all comes together in the Annual Plan, Quarterly or Sprint Planners and your Dream Week.

Put it into practice
Just planning to have a life does not mean you’ll get there—you have to execute your plan every day. Here are the 8 top techniques for making sure you not only have a plan—but you also put the plan into practice so you can have a life.


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The roadmap for using the Have a Life methodology. Parts 1 and 2 are about preparation; Part 3 is where you do your planning and Part 4 is about putting it into practice.


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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, freelancers and small business owners (mostly)

The Have a Life planner was developed specifically for solopreneurs, freelancers 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.)

What’s inside

This is not your common-or-garden-variety how-to guide. Richly illustrated over 90+ pages with real-world examples and 14 worksheets and templates to help you along the way.


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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, freelancers and small business owners

As a small business owner myself I understand the pressures of working on your own.

I designed the Have a Life system because I needed to be more productive—and still have a life. Numerous other small business owners use it today to manage their businesses and make sure they can have a life too.

But I didn’t just design it—I use the Have a Life system every day. This is how I manage my work, produce two articles a week, develop a series of products every year, still take on coaching clients and get to take time off.

I practice what I preach.


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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.


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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 2019

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Have a Life 2019 (PDF download)
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