110: How to structure your 5-hour workday – with Trevor Blake

By March 24, 2020The Simplifiers Podcast

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What would life look like today if you had a 5-hour workday? Recent current events have really forced us ALL to rethink how much work we can actually accomplish these days, eh? We’ve had to think fast, pivot on a dime, work from home and for some, all of sudden we’re juggling homeschooling as well! YIKESwouldn’t it be nice to gain back a little bit of control on things again?

My special guest today is Trevor Blake and he’s simplifying how to structure your new 5-hour workday. Funny enough, we recorded this episode just days before things really started escalating FAST with the Coronavirus… but the simple-to-try-out principles apply now, more than ever before.

So, if you’re cramming in homeschooling or other responsibilities on your shoulders these days, you may only have 5 hours that you can devote to your work today. Guys, it’s no longer a pipe-dream to work less… it’s a necessity to keep sane.

So I hope today’s conversation brings you some new ideas on how to structure it all, especially if the idea of working from home and/or doing things virtually via video calls these days is all new territory for you.


My special guest today is Trevor Blake and he’s simplifying how to structure your 5-hour workday. 

We tackle all aspects of it, including:

  • What we can learn from Victorian times “village culture”
  • How to shift from corporate 9-to-5 mentality to working from home and being your own boss
  • The very best ways to structure your 5-hour workday and how to create strong boundaries on your work and home office

Q: how are you structuring your 5-hour workday this week?

It’s time to #DoTheThing!

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My challenge for you this week:

How are you going to take what you’ve learned in today’s episode and make changes to your home office this week? What’s one thing you could do differently to see if it helps to create better boundaries? Share it with me, privately or publicly. Snap a photo of you doing the thing, and tag @thesimplifiers on Instagram for added accountability and support!

Links, books and apps mentioned:

Book: The Order of Time – Carlo Rovelli

Book: Secrets to a Successful Startup: A Recession-Proof Guide to Starting, Surviving & Thriving in Your Own Venture – Trevor Blake

Resource: The Practical Magic of the 5-Hour Workday – free guide – Trevor Blake

Podcast: How to reclaim your time & energy, featuring Kate Northrup  – The Simplifiers Podcast

Podcast: How to do less, accomplish more – The Simplifiers Podcast

Create your (revised) strategic plan for the year ahead! 

Aligned with my conversation with Trevor today, we’ve got a free template to help you map out your (NEWLY pivoted) strategic plan for the year ahead. 

No need to start from scratch, this simple download will help you map out the next 12 months ahead, getting you one step closer to achieving your business goals for the year. 

It’s time to #dothething – this resource will help you SIMPLIFY!

Download this free resource to help you clarify your monthly goals and #DoTheThing!

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About Trevor Blake

Trevor Blake – He’s a serial entrepreneur who’s built and sold three companies for $300 million since 2003. He’s currently building and managing two more businesses, focused on developing treatments for the most aggressive forms of cancer. 

He’s also a NY Times best selling author, an award-winning screenplay writer and a happily married (36 years strong) Liverpudlian, now living  in California and Seattle.

Where Trevor hangs out online:

Website: trevorgblake.com

Facebook Group: The 5-Hour Workday Community with Trevor Blake

Facebook: @trevorgblake

Trevor’s vote for the perfect guest on The Simplifiers Podcast:

Blake Barthelmess – Entrepreneur and Founder of solarX|works. They create solar power solutions that can refrigerate and air condition in any hostile territory without the need for a backup grid.

Trevor Blake 5-hour workday

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