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Hey there, fellow builders and leaders,

I hope this message finds you well amidst the hustle and bustle of the construction world. Today, I want to share some insights and strategies that have proven invaluable to me in maintaining a work-life balance that we all deserve.

Let’s face it, our industry has a reputation for demanding long hours, but it’s time to challenge that norm. I’m here to guide you through the tools, concepts, and a solid plan that will allow you to reclaim control over your time.

The Truth About Work Hours

Firstly, let’s address the elephant in the room – the sheer number of hours we often find ourselves working. Contrary to popular belief, not every hour at the construction site is productive. We have to debunk the myth that excessive hours are the only way to get the job done.

In essence, we need to work smarter, not harder. When I talk about a reasonable workweek, I’m not dismissing critical activities like crane operations or vital tie-ins. I’m advocating for a consistent, realistic work schedule that prioritizes our health and family life.

Key Tools and Concepts

1. To-Do List

Start with a comprehensive to-do list. Jot down everything that crosses your mind regarding your tasks. Remember, your mind is for generating ideas, not holding onto them. Clarify and prioritize – not every task is yours to handle.

2. Leader Standard Work

Check out the detailed video linked in the description for a deep dive into Leader Standard Work. It’s the strategic planning that ensures effectiveness in your leadership role, both at home and at work. Having a weekly calendar with clear priorities is crucial.

3. Morning Routine

Craft a morning routine that centers you for the day. Whether it’s meditation, exercise, or a moment of gratitude, start your day on a positive note. Leaders with a grateful and giving mindset are more influential.

4. Day Plan

Every day, formulate a plan based on your Leader Standard Work and top priorities from your to-do list. Include buffers for reflection and absorption. This structure allows you to accomplish your tasks efficiently.

Maintaining a Healthy Work-Life Balance

As you approach the end of your workday, remember that a good work-life balance doesn’t just happen; you need to make it happen.

1. Constraining Your Time

Set a realistic limit on your working hours. Constraining your time is essential; otherwise, the void will naturally be filled with unnecessary work. It’s about finishing the job effectively within the allocated hours.

2. Tracking Your Time

The small percentage who track their time diligently are the ones who excel. Regularly assess your weekly hours. If it took 60 hours one week, analyze why. Make improvements, set new goals, and gradually drive down your working hours.


In construction, we’re used to overcoming challenges, and time management should be no different. By implementing these strategies, you’re not just reclaiming control over your schedule; you’re taking the reins of your life.

I encourage you to check out the linked videos for a more in-depth understanding and join the Super/PM Boot Camp if you’re serious about transforming your work-life balance.

Remember, you deserve a remarkable life, and it starts by taking charge of your time. 

If you want to learn more we have:

-Takt Virtual Training: (Click here)
-Check out our Youtube channel for more info: (Click here) 
-Listen to the Elevate Construction podcast: (Click here) 
-Check out our training programs and certifications: (Click here)
The Takt Book: (Click here)

Discover Jason’s Expertise:

Meet Jason Schroeder, the driving force behind Elevate Construction IST. As the company’s owner and principal consultant, he’s dedicated to taking construction to new heights. With a wealth of industry experience, he’s crafted the Field Engineer Boot Camp and Superintendent Boot Camp – intensive training programs engineered to cultivate top-tier leaders capable of steering their teams towards success. Jason’s vision? To expand his training initiatives across the nation, empowering construction firms to soar to unprecedented levels of excellence.

On we go!