How To Accomplish EVERYTHING


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One of the common refrains, in the many emails I receive from my readers, is that they simply don’t have enough time to pursue their personal dreams and goals.

I even had one reader tell me that besides her job, her kids and all of the myriad responsibilities of managing the household, she also served as the primary caretaker for an elderly family member.

Work, family and life just seems to get in the way of our dreams.

You’re not alone. 233 self-made millionaires shared with me their very difficult climb up the mountain of success. More than a few confessed that finding the time to pursue their sideline dreams was very difficult. In fact, 38 of those 233 self-made millionaires, or 16%, spent years pursuing their dream part-time due to a full-time job and a family they needed to support with that full-time job.

But, necessity is the mother of invention, and these 38 self-made millionaires figured out how to pursue their dream, despite having very little available time.

How did they do it?


They blocked off a set amount of time, at the same time every day, to pursue their dream. For most, this was in the early morning.

This consistent, daily Time-Blocking strategy generally did not involve more than an hour a day. But during that hour, these millionaires focused like a laser on pursuing the goals behind their dreams.

In 2008/2009, I was running two companies – a CPA firm and a Financial Planning Firm. I also had three kids and a wife at home. And, I wanted to write my first book, Rich Habits. So, I used the Time-Blocking strategy I learned from those 38 self-made millionaires. I blocked off time early in the morning from 5 am – 8 am. Here was my morning routine:

  • Wake at 5am each day – 25% of the time I woke up at 4am. 25% of the time I woke up at 5:30 am.
  • I got my coffee and went down to my basement office.
  • I reviewed my Word List for 15 minutes – My Word List is a list of new words I am currently committing to memory.
  • I reviewed my Facts Summary or Study Summary for 15 minutes. My Facts Summary are important facts I feel are important to know. My Study Summary is a summary of the thousands of studies I’ve poured through over the years that make their way into media articles and my books.
  • I read for 30 – 45 minutes – Reading material = studies, specifically selected articles, latest non-fiction book, etc.
  • I wrote for 30 – 45 minutes.
  • I spent about 30 minutes reviewing my work – articles, TV interviews, Internet media interviews, speaking engagements, radio interviews, podcast interviews, etc.
  • I exercised between 30 to 60 minutes every day. Thirty minutes if it is a run only day. Sixty minutes if it is a run and lift weights day.

I still follow this morning routine every day. Thanks to this Time-Blocking strategy, I have been able to maintain my CPA business, grow my CFP business, write 5 books, write hundreds of articles for the media, prepare for my speaking engagements and most importantly, stay fit and healthy.

Consistency is a prerequisite for success and good health. It is, therefore, a Rich Habit. Without consistency, dreams and goals can never be realized or achieved. This Time-Blocking strategy will, over time (about 90 days), become a habit – a habit that will pay dividends down the road, helping you to create a life, dreams are made of.

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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