I posted a little about Dan Sullivan recently. I have just been browsing his website, wondering if it had anything on it about his ‘three day’ philosophy. There must be something there somewhere, but at the moment I cannot find it. However there is this link: on a Free Day.
Just what is a Free Day™?
Imagine the following scenario. It’s Wednesday afternoon. You and your spouse are having lunch at your favorite restaurant, “catching up.” After lunch you’ll consider a movie, or just go home and read. It doesn’t matter which. Your cell phone is off, work is the farthest thing from your mind, and you’re committed to nothing more than simply relaxing. You return to the office the next morning, guilt-free and feeling rather energetic.
Most people think of Free Days as a reward for hard work. I don’t. Free Days are a necessary precondition for achieving success and optimum productivity.
This is a Free Day, a 24-hour period completely free from work-related problem-solving, communication, and action.
Free Days are a necessary precondition for achieving success and optimum productivity. On any given day, most entrepreneurs would consider themselves extraordinarily lucky (or seriously pressured) to be able to squeeze in a bit of free time, let alone a whole day. It happens only IF they can first get “a few things” done, IF there are no unexpected crises, and IF they can just clean up a few “little messes” around the office. Not surprisingly, this seldom, if ever, happens.
But if you want to improve the quality of both your work and personal life, I think it should. And often.
He has a market niche in mind for his services (Entrepreneurs) but I think his ideas apply to the rest of us as well.