Work an Extra Hour on Weekends to Become Your Personal Best

by Marc Courtenay in Articles

Do you want to make a mighty, personal breakthrough in the year ahead? Are you willing to invest a little extra time for the opportunity to be your personal best?

My colleague Craig Ballantyne who publishes Early to Rise recently knocked the ball out of the park with an article that targets one of the answers to the two questions posed above.

“An hour of effective, precise, hard, disciplined – and integrated thinking can be worth a month of hard work. Thinking is the very essence of, and the most difficult thing to do in business and in life. Empire builders spend hour-after-hour on mental work…while others party.

If you’re not consciously aware of putting forth the effort to exert self-guided integrated thinking…if you don’t act beyond your feelings and instead take the path of least resistance, then you give in to laziness, make bad decisions and no longer control your life.” –

Like many of us, Craig used his weekends as “down time”. We all need a break, more rest, some recreation, but we can all afford two hours of “get ahead time” either Saturday or Sunday morning.

Craig’s career and personal life changed when he awoke to that reality. “The biggest breakthrough came when I recognized the power of working on Saturday mornings.

This is not advice you want to hear, I know. It wasn’t what I wanted to hear back then, either. It is politically incorrect (heaven forbid an evil wealth creator like me should tell you to sacrifice any of your sacred weekend time), but it is also the best advice I can give you.

If you’re not working on Saturday mornings, you are missing out on what is probably your most creative time of the week.”

The brilliance of this suggestion is summarized in Craig’s comment below. As I learned in my life, it takes just a little bit of extraordinary effort to bring big, major, satisfying results.

“Early Saturday morning, as your competitors and colleagues sleep off a tough week and a late night, there are no interruptions. No phone calls to take, no urgent emails to deal with, no commuting nightmares.

It’s just you and your thoughts…This is bonus Magic Time. This is your chance to get a full day of quality work done in just a couple of hours.”

Realize that just two hours of extra effort on weekends adds up to over 100 hours per year. But in reality it’s a lot more than that.

It adds up to “… more like 300-400 hours of work (10 full weeks!), because those two hours will be focused, more creative, and more productive than 90% of the hours you spend at work.”

The opportunity for outstanding progress is there for the taking, if you’re willing to make it happen. You have to be determined. You must feel convinced it is worth doing.

Those two weekend hours can be your most creative time of your week. You’ll be able to come up with better ideas for effective property management as well as epiphanies about how to be more successful.

“ The most important lesson is this: If you set aside two hours this [weekend] to work on a big project in your life, you will get more quality work done than if you tried to do the same work at any other time during the week.”

That’s Craig’s bottom line which I leave you as a challenge. Give it a try for 10 weeks in a row. If you don’t benefit from it greatly then give yourself permission to spend those two hours doing something else.

My sense is that those two weekend hours will be amazingly productive. It will open up time for your creative imagination for build better ways to become an outstanding property manager.