A provocative and persuasive series of interviews and discussions on the topic
of developing and expanding “Abundance Multipliers” in the 21st century global economy.


A provocative and persuasive series of interviews and discussions on the topic
of developing and expanding “Abundance Multipliers” in the 21st century global economy.


Discover the untapped potential of your business, and multiply your opportunities.

We respect your privacy and will never rent, sell or trade your information.


How to Boost Productivity with Free Days (Part 1 of 2) | Dan Sullivan and Joe Polish

March 8, 2017


How to Boost Productivity with Free Days (Part 1 of 2) | Dan Sullivan and Joe Polish

In In this Episode of 10XTalk, part 1 of a 2-part series, you’ll Discover How to Boost Productivity with Free Days wi®`0th Dan Sullivan and Joe Polish.

Here’s a glance at what you’ll learn from Dan and Joe in this episode:

  • Learn the one decision that can make every area of your life better.
  • The transformative effect Babs had on Dan’s thinking about work and rest.
  • How to focus in on what is important and get things done quicker.
  • Multiplication By Subtraction: The formula for increasing your productivity.
  • The idea behind Free Days and how they work inside the entrepreneurial time system.
  • 10 Days Off Could Save You 30 Days of Unproductive Work: How rejuvenation and free time enhance your performance and make you a better entrepreneur.
  • Finding where your magic is and honing in your Unique Ability.

Show Notes

  • Joe talks about free days with Dan Sullivan from Strategic Coach. Making free time a priority is one decision that affects all the others.
  • Joe: “You take free time not because you earned it, you take free time because it simply makes you better.” [06:45]
  • When Dan met his wife in 1982, he was a workaholic. Like many entrepreneurs, he rationalized his addiction by telling himself that he worked all the time because he really loved the work. Actually, most of the time he was under pressure, overloaded, overwhelmed.[07:33]
  • Dan’s wife Babs Smith is the author of Free Days. Babs let him know pretty early on in their relationship if he wasn’t going to take free days, they weren’t going to have a relationship.[07:57]
  • Dan learned, when you work all the time, your mind is filled up with complexity. What happens is that the longer you go without a break, virtually everything becomes urgent. [10:22]
  • Dan: After a week or so of free days, your brain starts sorting out what is really important/not important. By the time you go back to work, there’s only about two or three things that are really important. [10:54]
  • Dan: By taking off ten days, you’re probably save yourself twenty days, thirty days of fairly meaningless and non-productive days. [11:41]
  • When you are freed up from all the complexity and business of urgent work and you’ve got two or three important things, what can happen is your full attention is really there. Dan realized that when he gives his full attention to something he can make decisions quickly, communicate clearly, follow through in a meaningful way. [14:23]
  • Dan explains that a free day is one of the three types of days in their time system.
  • Free days, which are completely free, based on a midnight to midnight time schedule. In addition, there are focus days and buffer days. [18:00]
  • Dan: “There are a lot of messages that are given out that if you’re really going to make something of your life, you have to do it at the sacrifice of leisure and relaxation”. [19:48]
  • Joe talks about industry buzzwords “hack” and “hustle.” Now there’s not enough time in the day to just be patient, you have to “hack” it. I look for people that have the hustle and get things done. [20:19]
    • You can be a hustler that actually gets proper sleep, exercises, has an enjoyable life, and takes care of themselves.
    • Or you can be a cocaine-ferret personality running around like a madman, thinking that you’re successful.
  • Dan: The Free Day is the full day 24 hours, and then we have a focus day, which is really about producing results. [21:09]
  • One of Dan’s central guiding thoughts is wherever you are and whatever you are doing make sure you are actually there and you are actually doing it. Multi-tasking is 30-40% less effective than just focusing on a few things to completion. [21:29]
  • Dan’s advice is to become a great delegator by telling the truth about the few things that you’re really good at. [22:20]
  • Dan’s biggest strength is anything involving a group discussion: coaching, training, creative work within the company and has learned to tailor his work toward his Unique Ability. [23:12]
    • Gears everything he does around discussion.
    • The improv element of discussions gives him tremendous energy and creativity.
    • He doesn’t do well scripted.
    • He leaves the detail, behind the scenes work to others who perform better in that kind of activity.
  • Joe:” A lot of people confuse activity with accomplishment. I say that because I experienced that in my life. I can produce results either way, but the results that come from when I’m not frantic and stressed are so much better.” [27:07]



People Mentioned

Joe Polish

Dan Sullivan

About Dan Sullivan:

Dan Sullivan is the co-founder of Strategic Coach, author of over 30 publications, a visionary, innovator, and gifted conceptual thinker, Dan has over 35 years’ experience as a highly regarded speaker, consultant, strategic planner, and coach to entrepreneurial individuals and groups.



To go deeper with 10XTalk insights, access your FREE COPY of the “8 Transformations of a 10X Entrepreneur”, go here: http://www.10xtalk.com.


Genius Network is the place high level entrepreneurs go for collaboration, contribution, and connections not available anywhere else. Members get strategies for exponential growth and opportunities for deal making, strategic partnerships, joint ventures, and more. Membership is by application only.  Click here to learn more. You can also learn more about the Genius Network Annual Event here – which is the one time per year the group is opened to non-members.



Comment What You Thought About The Episode Below

Subscribe to 10xTalk

10xTalk delivers 10x Multipliers To Grow Your Business hosted by Joe Polish, founder of GeniusNetwork.com and Dan Sullivan, founder of StrategicCoach.com. 10x Multipliers To Grow Your Business. Insights For An Ever Expanding System Of Increasing Cooperation & Creativity Among Unique Ability Achievers.