Color-Code Your Life To Success

From Wayne Cotton (via Alwyn Cosgrove and Todd Durkin):

Cotton developed a system where he devises that your time can be broken down into one of four categories:

  1. Green Machine – The time you spend actually making money.
  2. Red Tape – The time you spend organizing your life, doing paperwork, organizing files, etc. that YOU have to do (you can’t delegate).
  3. Blue Sky – The time you spend on visionary work, planning, strategizing, business development and continuing education.
  4. Mellow Yellow – This is your down time, vacations, etc. where you relax and recharge.  There is NO work being done during this time.

The problem is that most people mix up the colors too much by trying to do too many things at one time.  And if you keep mixing up the colors you get brown – and brown is shit!  So the short of it is that you may be creating shit in your own life and you don’t even know it.

On the other hand, if you allocate enough blue and yellow time – a great by-product is you make enough green time.  In other words, when you take time off to recharge you create a life that has long term sustainability and when you put that in conjunction with the right knowledge + the right vision + the right plan, that equals money!

The big AHA! here should be organizing your life to make sure that you have time for all four of these areas.  It is important to make money so you can support yourself and your family, if you have one.  It is important to do the busy work that you need to do in order to keep yourself organized and sane.  It is important to strategize your life and your business as well as spend time working on personal and professional development.  And lastly, but certainly not least, it is imperative that you take time to relax and recharge.  One, because you will be that much more energized and productive when you are actually working.  And two, because you should recognize that if you let your mellow yellow time suffer you will likely pay for it in the end through physical or mental exhaustion, or through decreased productivity during your work hours because you are burnt out.  Having experienced this exact situation myself I cannot stress enough the importance of taking your mellow yellow time.  Don’t feel guilty.  It really does make all the hard work you do that much more enjoyable and meaningful.

At the end of the day this is just another system.  Recognize that the system doesn’t really matter, it just matters that you have a plan.  Once you plan the work, you simply work the plan until it stops working.  Then you adjust and try something new.  All the while you are learning and becoming a better person.  Talk about win-win.

Happy Wednesday!

(Chad)

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