Speaker 1:        Do you feel like you’re always working and you can never detach from your work, especially if you have an online business, it seems like you’re always connected. We’ll in this episode, I’m going to show you guys how to have a better work life balance. Do you want to create Marquis or scale your online fitness business? My name’s Sean Garner, and here we give real thing. Pros, the tips, tools, and strategies. They need to succeed online. Welcome to the entre fit podcast. What is [00:00:30] up guys? Sean, here with the entrepre podcast. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much for listening. If you’re watching us on the video podcast on YouTube or listening to us on iTunes, Google play Spotify, wherever you listen to your audio. Thank you so much, guys. Please subscribe. If this adds value to you and share it with a fellow, FitPro our goal here is to help equip the real fit pros with everything that they need to build a successful online fitness business and share with you guys some tips and tools, um, [00:01:00] that I’ve learned along the way that have helped me and dozens of clients that I’ve had the opportunity of working with.

Speaker 1:        So I don’t know about you guys, but if you either a experience were working remotely last year, or you are new or starting out with the online stuff, or maybe you haven’t gone full time into online fitness, you feel like you’re always connected. And it’s probably because you are right in our online tech world. Um, we [00:01:30] don’t have just a local market. Our gym doesn’t have set hours. We are open and available 24 hours a day. And if we’re not careful, um, we will take the one. Listen. One of the pros about having an online fitness business is more time freedom. If it’s set up and done properly, if you guys didn’t check out the last episode or the last couple episodes, we talked about time management, project management, management stuff. It’s not necessarily the most sexiest stuff that has to do with online [00:02:00] fitness, but it does lay the solid foundation for what you need, um, to build a successful online fitness business.

Speaker 1:        Because so often what I see fit pros, do they just take the problems, issues, and frustrations they had with their in-person business. And they just put them in a digital format online. They’re still trading their time for money. They’re still, um, doing these, uh, long hour long, like zoom call sessions and everything like that, not charging what they’re worth and they just get [00:02:30] stuck and frustrated. And then on top of that, they’re working even more because now on top of having to fulfill clients, they’re having to do the marketing aspect of it. Everything’s connected with their phone. They’re feel like they’re on social media all the time. I want to show you guys today, how I will. First of all, I did go through and experience all that. But how I now have an incredible life, um, because I implemented one simple thing that honestly changed my [00:03:00] life and that that’s not just being dramatic.

Speaker 1:        It truly changed my life. I’ve got credible marriage, incredible relationship with my kids. Now I get to spend more time with my family and I’m not sitting there checking my phone all the time and I am more productive by doing this. And it is sexy as this sounds a daily startup and work shut down routine. Whoa, fireworks, blazer. Shuja too. Yeah, I doesn’t sound that sexy guys, but I promise you, you implement this. [00:03:30] Um, you will feel so much. I get, for me, I say peaceful. I feel so much more peaceful about my business because there’s a plan. A lot of times we feel this chaos because there’s no plan in place and we’re just going through the motions and there’s not a structure to what we do, what I want to show you how to do today. And what I do is how I structured my days, how this daily startup and shutdown routine has helped an impact my business and my life.

Speaker 1:        [00:04:00] So first off, remember the goal with this business, this online fitness business is to serve our goal. So we talked about having your F six goals in all of these different areas of your life. So we’re not just building this prison that pays, we’re building a business that serves us and our goals. We don’t put these things in place. We’re going to be working all the time and even more than we were with our in-person business. And it’s going to be driving us mad because we’re going [00:04:30] to be feeling frustrated. Like, why am I even doing this? It was so much, you know, grass is always greener. On the other side, it was so much better. Uh, when I wasn’t having to do all this marketing and client fulfillment. And so as because you you’re just disorganized with it. So this is how it looks.

Speaker 1:        You have to have implement a daily startup and work shut down routine. This is what this is. And, and this is how I use it. So first off you need to treat this business like a business. You need to create operations hours for yourself. Now [00:05:00] I will be very realistic and letting you guys know you’re not going to be working nine to five. When you first start this thing out, you’ve got a lot of work you’ve got to do to lay some foundational stuff. First of all, there’s an education component, right? So maybe you’re working with a coach. Hopefully you’re working with a show and garner don’t you fit? Um, are you’re you’re doing courses, you’re reading books and stuff. There’s a big knowledge curve that you got to get over first because there’s a bunch of ignorance right now. It’s nothing personal against you guys, especially if you’re [00:05:30] new, starting out, but there’s ignorance.

Speaker 1:        You don’t know what you don’t know. You don’t know exactly what you should be working on. So you do have extra work whenever you’re first building your business. Um, because one there’s no foundation set. And two, there’s typically a knowledge gap that you’re trying to overcome. So whenever you’re building out this a routine, it should include some of that stuff. But saying that your daily startup routine is how you start. And when you start your day, um, it should not just be whenever you wake up, whenever you feel like [00:06:00] it, you have a very structured start to your day. It should own your, your daily startup routine should only take about 15 minutes. And this is kind of what it should look like. Um, you should wake up, you should, you know, drink coffee for me. I do my devotion prayer time, but my work startup routine starts the exact same time every day.

Speaker 1:        So whenever I come to my desk, the very first 15 minutes, look a little something like this. Step one, open up my email scan in boxes for any big [00:06:30] emergencies or anything like that. Big client issues that came up overnight and maybe they were working on something and they sent it to me. The second thing that it is, is it’s opening up my to-do list and my daily calendar. So then what I do is I look at what I’ve got going on for that day. And I take my to-do list. I write down my three top things that I’m going to do for the day and I plug them into my calendar. So that way everything is booked. Um, I’m not just going to say, oh, I’m going to work on this today. I hope I get to this. No everything gets booked. I’m gonna take my top [00:07:00] three things I’m gonna do for the day.

Speaker 1:        And I’m going to add them in the next thing that I’m going to do. So that’s five minutes at most to do all that. Then I’m going to try and get spend about five minutes. I’m checking direct messages and texts from clients. I’m making sure everybody’s, at least clients are fulfilled. Then I’m going to try to get to inbox zero. So that just means going through all new messages, scanning anything that’s important for that day and making sure it’s either filed appropriately or [00:07:30] it’s a to do list is, is put into the backlog to do it another time. Um, or if it’s something urgent that needs to get done, I go ahead and block it off and schedule for that day. That’s what my first 15 minutes of my day looks like. Then after that boom, it’s time to get to work. Um, and it’s time to start attacking those three things that I did on my day or for my to-do list.

Speaker 1:        It’s time to start going to client, uh, client bookings, appointments, sales calls, anything that you’ve got going on. Um, just start doing your day. I believe that there’s a lot of wasted time with people where they just [00:08:00] feel, they, they, they make themselves busy, but they’re not productive. One of the big time-wasters is email, um, and direct messages and feeling connected to social media all the time. I have three times a day when I check those things. One is part of my daily startup routine. After that everything goes off, no emails are going to be checked. No direct messages, no social media, nothing gets checked. Then I’ve got a mid day point around noon where I’ll check emails again, make sure there’s no big issues or [00:08:30] anything that comes up. And that’s a very, very quick check, make scan, direct messages, check any messages from clients.

Speaker 1:        And then I’ve got my shut down routine. So shut down routine is kind of the opposite of the startup routine. So the last 15 minutes of my day for me, I work, um, currently my, my working hours are from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM. And so my work, my work startup routine starts at 6:00 AM and my shutdown routine starts at [00:09:00] five 45. So at five 45, I’m going to open up all my, uh, uh, emails. I’m going to go through, scan everything, and I’m going to go ahead and start organizing and planning out the next day. Um, so that way I wake up in the morning, there’s no stress or anything like that, and I can truly shut down. I’ll go through, um, the social media platforms. I’ll make sure every comment has been responded to, um, direct messages have been responded to clients are all okay. And then after that, oh, here’s the most beautiful thing I should shut my phone on, [00:09:30] do not disturb. And I set it by my nightstand with my alarm set for the next day. And I don’t look at it until the next morning guys. It is game changing. Here’s what you have to realize.

Speaker 1:        A lot of the stress that we create for ourselves, especially with our business is self-induced stress. So it’s that feeling in that anxiety of always feeling like, oh no, I have to be there for my clients or I have to be able to answer right? Whenever they respond, if you have, that’s a 12 hour gap of your day guys, like if you’re super [00:10:00] organized with everything, you can get everything in there. And then I’ve got from, you know, six at night until 10 o’clock at my family. Uh, at 10 o’clock at night, a hundred percent with my family. Like that is me fully engaged. I’m not checking my phone at the dinner table. It’s not even, um, I don’t even look at it typically. Um, we might watch some TV for like an hour or so, but there’s no screens typically after 7:00 PM and we’re just hanging out and we’re talking and we’re enjoying our life because the whole point of building this business is to serve us [00:10:30] and our goals.

Speaker 1:        Now maybe part of your goals is made. I want to go shut down so I can go out with friends. I can go enjoy time in the beach or do something else. That’s fine. That’s great. That’s what it should be. But it shouldn’t be that you never have an opportunity to shut down and disconnect. The reason being is that most people feel like that is because they don’t have a start-up and shut down routine. So they always feel like they have to be working. That’s what my days look like. Um, Monday through Friday, I will say this. [00:11:00] I don’t believe people should work seven days a week. I do very much believe they should work six days a week. Um, most of the time I see people struggling is one or two things. They’re only either working five days or they’re trying to work seven for me, I have found that sweet spot is six days.

Speaker 1:        Here’s why one, you need a day, a hundred percent disconnected, unplugged from your business. Trust me, it’s not going to make sense. Um, but once you have that data fully recharge for me [00:11:30] Monday morning, I am pumped to get back to work because I’ve had, um, a whole day of rest. My mind’s been racing cause this thing never shuts off. And so I’m excited to come back and attack my first start of my week. And it’s, it’s great for me. Um, and then I also know that it, it just, it just recharges my soul. It just gives me time to rest and not have to stress, worry about anything but saying that my daily startup routine is the exact same, um, every single day, except [00:12:00] for Sunday. So I still start my Saturdays at 6:00 AM. However, I shut it down typically around 11. So depending on I’ll typically we’ll, we’ll take a call or a booking Saturday, early morning.

Speaker 1:        Um, but, uh, by Saturday’s at 11 day is shut down and I’ve got Saturdays from 11 on and all day, Sunday is a hundred percent disconnected from my, my business. Everything has responded to before I shut down clients know this cause it’s very important. Again, kind of a subtopic [00:12:30] here, setting client expectations. My clients know Saturday after 11 and all day Sunday, I will not be available, but other than that, they know my office working hours and, and it, and I’m able to do this because I built a process. And because I laid those client expectations down. So people know when they do reach out to me, um, when I’m going to respond back. Other than that, I get back to all my clients. I always say within 24 hours, but most of the time it’s within 24 minutes. Um, but you have to have those things in place because if not, you’re going to always [00:13:00] feel like you have to be connected to your phone.

Speaker 1:        Um, the reason why you’re feeling that is because there is no system and process. So guys trust me. If you have your daily schedule built out, you’ve got your to-do list that you’re following. And you have implemented this daily startup and shutdown routine, and you are having hyper-focused work six days a week. You are going to be 99% ahead ahead of 99.9% of all online fitness professionals. Um, I [00:13:30] firmly believe when you don’t quit, you win. And this is a way that’s going to solidify that you’ve got a system in place to make sure that time is never the blocker for growing your business. So hope this episode adds value to you guys. If so, please make sure you share it with a fellow fit pro friends so we can help more of the real fit pros to crush it online. If you would like to work with us, man, we would be honored if you’re a real fit pro to help you to create market or scale your online fitness business, just visit [00:14:00] us at entre fit,, book your free blueprint strategy called. This is not a call with anyone from my team. You’re going to be speaking directly with me, or we’re going to walk you through the three-step framework that we use to build successful businesses online, do a deep dive of your business, show you what some next steps could look like. So thanks so much for listening guys have an awesome day and we’ll talk soon.