Transform Time into Impact
- To implement the Byozo method, and to transform your time into impact, start by focusing on incremental impact.
- The idea is to take small steps every day that push you, but don't break you, to build positive habits and begin making progress.
- Every day, pick an important focus that you're able to complete within the time you have available. Remain persistent until that focus is complete.
- If it's not complete, or you run out of time, then come back to it. At the end of your day, reflect on your progress and ask yourself how much impact came from spending time on your focus. Based on your reflection, adjust your next steps accordingly.
- If you don't make progress, then reflect positively on the lessons learnt. Stop viewing mistakes as one step forward and two steps backwards, instead view life in lunges. If you lunge backwards, by pushing forward, you'll return to your previous location and you'll become stronger in the process.
- Rinse and repeat these steps for any goal or any challenge you face in life. All high performers and 'overnight successes' are born from incremental impact. Remember, all we see is their highlight reel, not the hard work that goes on behind the scenes.
Transform Time into Impact
Byozo is not a tech company. It's a philosophy.
Innovating within the productivity space, is not creating another productivity tool. It's building a mindset which helps you become conscious of what productivity means to you. That's why with Byozo, we want to teach you how to transform your time into impact.
It doesn't matter if you choose to use our tool or someone else's. Over the next few months, we'll be creating granular guides on how to use the Byozo method across a suite of productivity tools. That way, no matter what you do, you'll still be able to transform your time into impact.
As we grow, we plan to conduct independent research on productivity too (alongside meticulously referenced articles and studies). In short, we're creating content with a no BS approach to being your best self.
Because being your best self isn't about time, it's about impact.
It doesn't matter if you decide to spend 10 minutes, or 10 hours working on your objectives. All you need to care about is the impact this has on your life.
Before we dive into the method, you're probably curious as to what qualifies us to create something as grandiose as a philosophy.
If I'm honest with you, we're not special. We're ordinary people, who became obsessed with impact and turned ourselves into human guinea pigs in the process.
Whether it's been learning how to read (and remember) a book a week, or working with billion dollar unicorns, we've each accomplished impressive feats. Even simple things like learning when to eat, and what to eat has become a force multiplier.
By making incremental impact, our lives continue to change for the better, and we believe anyone can achieve the same, if not better results, by following the Byozo method.
The method itself isn't complicated.
If we're dialling it down to first-principle thinking, the Byozo method is a modified version of progressive overload and the kaizen methodology, which (for now) we're going to name incremental impact.
Incremental impact focuses on small, conscious progress every day.
Working like this will build habits, a mindset, and a foundation which will carry you forward in anything you choose to do.
Don't be fooled, making small, conscious progress will lead to massive impact in the future. The world's top performers weren't born as innovators or champions. Their impact came from years of persistence and incremental impact.
There's a snippet from Joe Rogan's podcast, which we've paraphrased below that summarises incremental impact perfectly.
Imagine that with a gun to your head, you're only able to do ten push-ups. If you wanted to progress to twenty push-ups, we wouldn't ask you to attempt to do 10, or even 9.
Instead, we'd rather you do 5 push-ups every single day, for a week.
Why? To create beneficial habits, reduce the overall strain on your system, and to build a solid foundation for progress.
Within a week, someone who kills themselves doing ten push-ups will only be able to work out twice per week, achieving a total of 20 push-ups. The experience will be taxing, you'll be sore, and it'll be much harder to build habits and a foundation to support your goals.
However, if you do 5 push-ups every day, which will be challenging, but not crucifying, then you'll have completed 35 push-ups in a week vs. 20 in the previous example.
Next week, you'll increase the number of push-ups you do to 6 and continue increasing this number until you reach your goals. And whether it's push-ups, reading or building your next side-project, the incremental impact approach is sustainable.
Of course, there will be different strokes for different folks, and breaking something down into daily habits may not work for you. But as long as you're breaking your goals into smaller focuses which you're able to adhere to and make an impact with, then the frequency is less of a concern.
And when we talk about starting small, anything is better than nothing. We'd always suggest you challenge yourself, but provided you're making progress, you cannot lose by doing SOMETHING.
Even if you're able to do 20 push-ups already, doing 3 per day and ramping up over time will still create positive results toward your habits and mindset. As long as you're committed to being incremental, then the results will come.
Only you can choose how your pace for growth. All we ask is that you make sure it's one that's sustainable, challenging, and manageable for you.
Setbacks are Opportunities to Grow
Before we move on, it's important to touch on setbacks. With incremental impact, you should view all setbacks as growth.
Imagine that during your push-ups experiment, you tore your labrum, an essential piece of cartilage within your shoulders. Avoiding this would've been ideal, but that's not always how life works, even if you follow the best advice available.
Instead of framing this negatively, with incremental impact, our mindset around this experience is unique. And it's unique because we take into account the bigger picture.
Your body is similar to a city. Once the city exists, citizens will move in and inhabit the city. In this analogy, the inhabitants are your current muscle mass, and the city is the total musculature you've developed.
An injury (or time off training) will merely empty the city, which means that in the future, you'll be able to return to your previous position with comparative ease. In short, the work you've done is never in vain.
Also, the experience around the injury brings lessons and opportunities. After all, most innovation is born from struggles and setbacks. Is this mindset challenging to achieve? Of course, but once you have it, then it's yours for life.
Here's another analogy around setbacks.
Instead of looking at setbacks as steps forwards or backwards, view your life in lunges. When you lunge backwards, you're easily able to return to your starting position (and become stronger in the process) by being willing to push forward.
There are edge cases like death or paralysis, which are harder to rationalise and be positive around, but there are edge cases to EVERYTHING in life. Our aim isn't to make mistakes, but instead become comfortable with their existence and the opportunity to learn from them.
Over time, the process of incremental impact will remove fragility from these events. The stronger your mind and body become, the smaller the occurrence and impact of these edge cases.
The Impact Triangle
Now that you know how incremental impact works, all that's left to discuss is the creation and definition of impact.
The word 'sustainably' is important here. We have no doubt you're able to reach your goals by killing yourself in the process. But what good is wealth with no-one to share it with, or six-pack abs on top of a broken body?
Even if you're an athlete or a top-performer, sustainability is still essential.
Yes, your career will demand more of you, and your baseline will need to be leagues above the majority of the population. But, there's a big difference between extending your career as a champion for five years and retiring before your time.
To create daily impact, we use the impact triangle to give you a simple, repeatable process that will build the principles of incremental impact into your life.
Your focus is the most important task you need to complete today.
It might be part of a more significant task, or it might be a bundle of smaller ones. All that matters is that you're picking a focus which will move you forward.
When picking your focus, ask yourself, if there was one thing I had to do today, what would that be? Make sure you're able to choose a focus which you're able to complete within the time you have available.
While your focus for the week may be to redesign an entire website, unless that's possible to do in one sitting, then break this focus down into smaller bitesize pieces. The same principles apply to smaller tasks. Your accounts may be overdue, but if it's only going to take you five minutes, then see if you're able to bundle other like for like tasks together.
Setting a focus which is specific, e.g. 'send out fifty prospective sales emails' is as good as saying 'complete overdue mission critical admin'. As long as you're able to define an end goal, then you have a focus worth pursuing.
Multi-tasking and context switching destroys the impact you make with your time.
If you can't focus on what's in front of you, it'll take longer and reduce the impact you're making with your time. If something is only meant to take an hour, then do your best to complete it within that timeframe.
What happens when despite your best intentions, you fail to take steps which will lead to impact, and you underestimate the effort needed to achieve your goals?
You keep going. Persistence and incremental impact go hand-in-hand.
You wouldn’t go to the gym and expect to lift bone shattering weights overnight. But with continuous, persistent steps in the right direction, you’ll eventually get there.
It doesn’t matter how many great days you have. There will always be setbacks and failure. Humans are far from perfect. It doesn't matter if you’re Alan Sugar or Elon Musk, you will still make the same errors and mistakes we all do.
You'll oversleep, you'll fail to complete tasks, and you'll miss deadlines . What’s the difference between those that accomplish their goals and those that don't?
And persistence isn't about being stubborn. It's about being smart. If a goal matters to you, then you'll need to overcome the obstacles required to get there. Sometimes that'll involve being stalwart in your approach, other times you'll need to change direction entirely.
That's why it's important to reflect on our progress.
Imagine you’ve accomplished what you believe has made an impact for a consistent 30 days, but you’ve failed to see any progress.
The needle hasn't moved, and no results have come you're way.
Unless you reflect on what you’ve been doing (and why), you’ll never know if you were taking the appropriate action to see impact. You'll also have no idea if it's worth continuing with your approach.
Reflection is holistic, and we'd recommend reflecting on your impact every 24 hours. If you're able to, we'd also recommend reflecting on your weeks, month and years to fight hedonic adaptation.
By using reflection to identify how your life has changed, and the progress you've made over time, you'll see that your incremental approach has created incredible results. That's why it's important to look back over larger periods too, as the impact you make on a day-to-day basis may feel small, and may cause you to abandon an approach prematurely.
When it comes to reflecting on your impact, all you need to do at the end of each day (week, month or year) is two things. First, write about the impact your focus has had on your day and the results you've seen from focusing on it, e.g. 'finishing the Byozo method post has made sure there's a consistent source of truth for all things Byozo'.
Second, rate this impact on a scale of one to ten, with ten being life-changing and one being no impact at all. As an example, I'd rate completing this post as an eight out of ten, because while it didn't change my life, it provided tremendous value for both Byozo and you, our dear reader.
Reflection is a positive tool for change, and by understanding how we're using our time, we're able to see the best places to invest it in the future.
This post it the ultimate source of truth for the Byozo method. Our work is never done, so check back regularly for iteration and updates.
Now, go transform your time into impact.