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How to Have a Three-Day Weekend Every Week

weekend giveaway | BIGG SuccessWe really wanted to make the title to this post:

“How to Have an Extra Day Off Every Week Without Working More Hours in the Remaining Four Days and Without Sacrificing Productivity.”

But it seemed a little long!

We have a three-day weekend coming up here in the United States. It’s Labor Day.

It got us thinking:

What if you had more time for leisure?

What if you didn’t need to labor so much?

What if every weekend was a three-day weekend?

It’s not such a novel idea. Frank Bettger did it. More employers are considering a four-day work week.

What would it take for you?

You could work more hours over four days. It’s a step in the right direction if you want more time for play, one of the five elements of BIGG success.

Your leisure time is bunched up instead of being spread over the week.

But it’s still just a tradeoff. Why settle for a quid pro quo?

So ask yourself a question to get to the crux of the issue:

What if you could be more productive?

Is it possible to get ten hours worth of results in eight hours? Or twelve hours in ten hours, depending on how long you typically work.

This is the question we often ask ourselves. And we know it’s possible. Or more accurately stated, we won’t accept that it’s impossible.

So we have to figure out how.

Conduct a time audit

We’ve started by measuring our activities. So we’re doing a time audit.

It may not sound like fun. But it’s temporary. And an incredible tool to discover waste.

Every fifteen minutes, we record what we’re doing at that moment. We set an alarm to remind us that it’s time.

We’re going to do it over a two week period. We feel this will cover a typical week for us.

Sure, it’s a bit of a pain. Sure, we could be doing something else.

But when we’re done, we’ll know better if we’re wasting time. And if we are, we’ll know where.

Then we can make corrections. And move on to testing something else to be more productive. It leads to BIGG success!

How have you increased your productivity?

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Making Money Multiply Magically

magic moneyWe often romanticize about what life would be like with more money. We may think we would have more leisure time. We may picture ourselves spending some of that time in front of our new plasma TV. We may assume we would be happier.

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But then the reality kicks in.

Research shows that we tend to quickly spend our new found cash. It also shows that new material possessions make us happier for a very short period of time.

More importantly, we make an incorrect assumption about what it takes to make more money. We often have to spend more time working and commuting. So we actually have less leisure time.

We end up in the rat race.

We work more to make more money. Then we spend more money so we have to work more to make yet more money. Then we spend more so we have to work more and on and on.

There are two lessons here for us:

  • Be careful how you define bigg success. If it means more money, understand that there is a price. You’ll almost certainly have to invest more time.
  • Our definition for bigg success is life on your own terms. For you, that may mean more money. But it may not. We focus so much in our society on money. It’s important to remember that money is the means to an end, not the end itself.

The funny thing is that you often end up with more money when it’s not the center of your focus. Here are four ways to make your money multiply magically:

Focus on your whole life.

Find work that you love. Take up a hobby if you don’t have one already. Build strong relationships personally and professionally. You’ll find that it often doesn’t take much money to spend your time doing the things you love with the people you love.

So your money will multiply magically!

Spend less than you make.

Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? But we all know that it isn’t. It isn’t simple but it is necessary.

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking life would suddenly be much better if you just made more money. Make the best of the money you make now and your money will magically multiply.

Avoid consumer debt.

If you have it now, pay it off aggressively. Get used to paying for purchases with cash. This is a timeless principle that applies to all economies and all people. We’ve recently relearned this lesson.

Here’s a question to ask anytime you’re tempted to buys something with borrowed money:

“If I can’t afford it today, what makes me think I can afford it, with interest, tomorrow?”

Many people assume they will make more money in the future. They don’t factor in that their costs will likely be higher in the future. That’s how they end up in the rat race and debt just compounds it.

Note that we didn’t say avoid all debt. It may make sense to borrow money for a legitimate investment. You have to prove out the opportunity, but a lot of people have made their money multiply magically by using leverage.

Invest wisely.

As we learned last year, stocks don’t go up forever. As we’re seeing this year, they don’t go down forever either. So invest in a diversified portfolio of assets. One of the best ways to do this is through no-load mutual funds as part of a qualified retirement plan.

Don’t let your money control you. Control your money and watch it multiply magically! That’s bigg success!

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