Juggling the life of an entrepreneur along with both personal and family obligations can seem like an impossible task. Manufacturing business owner, husband, father, MMA fighter, and marathon runner Leigh Rust shows us the One Big Tip that keeps him motivated and productive every day from when he gets up to when he goes to sleep.
Leigh Rust and his brother grew up working alongside and later for their father’s manufacturing business. But inheriting someone else’s company didn’t bring the fulfillment they were looking for, so they struck out on their own and partnered with a company in France to create and sell high-performance glass windows.
With his business underway, Leigh also needed to balance his work with his commitment to his wife and children alongside his love for mixed martial arts and marathons. While many people would have seen that as overwhelming, Leigh saw it as an opportunity to hone his time management skills.
He could have simply given up on a few of his goals and dreams to prioritize, but the fear of regret in his old age forced him to find ways to make his visions a reality while not sacrificing his obligations to his family and to himself.
Having the drive to achieve something is one thing, but in order for the drive to lead to healthy success, you need to balance your life. “you can have all this drive,” he says, “but you need to have discipline and you need to have structure and control around your life.”
To get the most out of every day and still invest the time and effort needed into every area of his life, Leigh uses a concept that he calls “stickability,” which for Leigh involves blocking out his day to get things done. For example, he may use his early morning block to train for his athletic events, then he has family time, then work, then training and personal time, then family time again, and then finishing the day with time with his wife.
Organizing your day in a way that tackles every area of your life is vital to not letting any single thing consume your time at the cost of other important areas. Every morning when he wakes up, Leigh writes his daily schedule on his bathroom mirror so he can’t miss it. Putting these ideas and tasks on paper, so to speak, is his “constant reminder and constant accountability that it's there and that's what we need to do.”
If you’d like to learn more about Leigh’s manufacturing company, you can visit him at safetylinejalousie.com.au. Or, if you’d like to reach out to him to learn more about his productivity tips, you can find him on LinkedIn at Leigh Rust.