Whether you’re a fitness fanatic and follow her every move, or you’re an aspiring entrepreneur looking to learn from the best, there is something we can all learn from Grace Beverley. As a seemingly relaxed and outgoing Oxford university graduate; aged 24 she has already founded and acts as CEO for two businesses, has written a best selling book and is placed at number 1 on Forbes‘ list of 30 under 30. I Googled her date of birth and when I realised we are almost exactly only two years apart, I wondered what I could be doing to “achieve more, stress less and feel fulfilled.”
“Learning to manage your time is one of, if not the most crucial part of living a productive life.”
Grace’s style of writing is refreshingly approachable and her advice is reassuringly easy to take on board. Despite her superwoman status, her success is largely down to small consistent habits, effective goal setting and a balanced lifestyle. She encourages us all to to work productively, to enjoy (as much as possible) what we do, and to take breaks when we need them. While working harder and achieving more do correlate, there is no point working beyond our concentration span, and plunging ourselves into exhaustion is entirely unnecessary.
“What I want to encourage is a shift in perspective, from thinking of our lives as having one goal – which should also make us the money we nee to survive and bring us the success we crave – to filling them with a variety of passions that change and develop as we do.”
The first section of the book titled ‘working hard’ entails productivity and goal setting techniques which Grace uses herself. She discusses how she keeps herself organised, how she manages to stay focused against a multitude of distractions, and how she sets goals that align with what she would like to achieve. I really like this table in her book that shows how often she sets goals and the time-spans she sets them against:
“Learning our boundaries means we can use them to our advantage, rather than see them as something that holds us back.”
Carving out time to relax, socialise or do what we enjoy doing most is crucial for a fulfilled and happy life, and Grace covers this in the second section of her book titled ‘hardly working.’ The more we take on, the more time we will need to spend planning. If drinks on a Thursday evening is what you look forward to most but your productivity is at its lowest of lows on a hangover, getting up slightly earlier Monday-Thursday may be necessary to cover the hours lost on Friday and ensure you’re able to properly enjoy the highlight of your week!
I definitely recommend Working Hard Hardly Working to anyone looking to manage their time more efficiently, even if it’s just more down time or time in the pub with friends that you’re after!