SYS 160: Productivity Lessons: Making the Most of Limited Time Through Effective Time Management

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🎙 Dr. Steve Day reflects on the challenges of balancing work and personal life when unexpected events, such as a sick child, disrupt our plans. He shares his experience of adjusting his schedule and prioritising his time to accommodate his son’s needs while still managing his business responsibilities.

Steve emphasises the importance of time blocking and being disciplined in allocating specific periods for work and personal activities. He also discusses the value of making time for activities that bring joy and fulfilment, such as skiing, even if it means temporarily setting aside work tasks.

Overall, the episode highlights the significance of appreciating the finite nature of time and making conscious choices to prioritise what truly matters in our lives.


💡 Time blocking is important for maximising productivity and making the most out of opportunities.

💡Being forced to work in a more focused and efficient manner can lead to increased productivity.

💡It is important to prioritise and value the time spent on activities that bring joy and fulfilment, even if it may be slightly detrimental to business progress.

💡Having a clear schedule and prioritising personal activities, such as spending time with family or pursuing hobbies, can lead to a more balanced and fulfilling life.

💡It is essential to appreciate the value of time and make the most of the present moment, as it is finite and cannot be regained once it is gone.


03:05 – 💬 “Having time or time to kill is not often the best way to be productive.”

12:41 – 💬 “If you don’t prioritise that and schedule it in your diary and block it out and value it as high as any other meeting you would put in your diary with your top client, you have it the same, the same value in your brain, the time value in your brain, rather than just considering the monetary aspects of it.”

14:20 – 💬 “If you have the opportunity to enjoy the time right now because of the business you’ve got, even if that is slightly detrimental to your business, surely you should still do it.”

14:37 – 💬 “I still find time to record a podcast episode, still find time to go skiing, and still find time to hang out with my son, and being really, really happy with all those things.”

15:46 – 💬 “Hopefully, what you heard today took you one step closer to building a successful business so you can share your passion with the world and serve an ever-growing number of people.”


00:00 Adding value, cannot delegate, efficient under pressure.

03:31 Early morning work brings increased productivity and focus.

09:05 Focusing on work, but prioritising skiing.

10:08 Delegate routine tasks to prioritise personal time.

13:42 Entrepreneur prioritises joy over business success.



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Steve used to be a slave to his business, but when he moved to Sweden in 2015, he was forced to change how he worked. He switched to running his businesses remotely. After totally nailing this concept, he spent his time helping other small business owners do the same. Steve’s been investing in property since 2002, has a degree in Computing, and worked as a doctor in the NHS before quitting to focus full-time on sharing his systems and outsourcing Methodology with the world. He now lives in Sweden and runs his UK-based businesses remotely with the help of his team of Filipino and UK-based Virtual Assistants.

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Steve Day

About the Author

Since 2016, Steve has helped hundreds of business owners to systemise their businesses and outsource their work. In doing so, he has helped them regain control of their lives and create the businesses they set out to build.

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