Spend 5 Full Days With Your Children, Every Week

In this article, I would like to focus on a friend of mine who has taken a unique approach to his schedule. His unconventional working schedule has allowed him to spend five full days a week with his family and only two days working.

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My friend, Ari Meisel, author of the book Less Doing, More Living, has some really interesting and powerful thoughts on how to maximize your time and be productive in small windows of time.

Ari has found a way to minimize the amount of time spent in business mode, while still being productive.

Forced to Adjust

Ari originally had to adjust his lifestyle when he was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, which limited the amount of time he was able to work to one hour per day. In order to get the job done, Ari needed to find a way to be extremely productive during that one hour. Now free of Crohn’s Disease, Ari is healthy, energetic, and able to focus most of his time on his family by keeping that same mindset.

I believe Ari has three children, who are all boys between the ages of one and three and a half. During the five days that Ari spends with his family, he keeps up with his work by checking his e-mail and replying to messages once an hour. He is able to do this very quickly whenever he has spare time throughout the day.

When most people hear about Ari’s schedule they think it is crazy, but Ari has found a way to minimize the amount of time spent in business mode, while still being productive. For him, it’s not so tough because he is used to this type of “internet fasting” because of his battle with Crohn’s Disease. His experience gave him a different perspective on working.

One thing I have found about working less hours is that when you know you have less time to work, it almost forces you to be more focused on the work. You can’t be all over the place while only working two days a week. If you have too much time to focus on business, you’re probably going to focus on things that, in the end, won’t end up advancing your business. Oftentimes, we want our business to grow like crazy because it can, and that becomes reason enough for entrepreneurs. “Why do we want to do all this?” “Well, because we can.” Ari admits that his business could have probably grown faster if he had dedicated more time to work, but the business will still grow eventually.

What Works for You?

I love having chances and opportunities for growth, but that’s who I am. You have to adjust your business to your lifestyle. To me, Ari’s lifestyle seems impossible. I think of all of my commitments, plus still trying to get to the gym, and keep up with all of the other things I need to do, and I don’t think it would work for me. Ari has made a unique choice with his business. It is interesting and I respect it.

One of the things I enjoy in life is being with great people, having conversations like this one, and learning new ways of thinking. Today, Ari has inspired me to rethink some things about my business and lifestyle. His ideas have motivated me to consider how my weeks are spent and how I should be utilizing my time. Time management is something I have been thinking about quite often lately, so having this conversation with Ari at this time in my life just goes to show how things fall into place at certain times for a reason.

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