As entrepreneurs one of our biggest commodities is time, our time is finite and there is only so much time in the day/week/month/year and only so many things we can have on our plate at once.
Often times we have so many things and tasks and ideas on our plate that we don’t know where to start and what to focus on to grow our business, and then there’s your family and friends, and the life you want to create outside of your business.
Not to mention you started this business so that you would have more freedom and fun in your life yet, you don’t seem to have time to grow your business to the next level.
If any of this is resonating with you on any level I’d like to share a simple system that I and my clients have been using for years to help gain 5 or more hours this week in your business.
Step 1 – look at your calendar
What is on it?
Have you mapped out time to grow your business or is it filled with appointments and tasks for other people or non-income generating activities and distractions?
Now, look at what you can wipe off your calendar in the next week so that you can have some focused time to grow your business?
Step 2 – look at what you can get rid of
Hint – if it does NOT bring you closer to your goal (whatever that is) take it off your calendar. You need to start to say no to doing everything for everyone else before you do for you.
Step 3 – Structure your day to be the highest productivity.
Here is a quick system to help you do just that:
1 – What is the time frame that you are most productive? Do you like to get up early and work while everyone else is sleeping or do you prefer to burn the midnight oil?
2 – where are you most comfortable working? Do you prefer to work at your desk with the door closed in the peace and quiet or do you prefer to work in a coffee shop?
3 – What do you want to get done in the next week/day? Create a task list of everything you want to get done
4 – Rate the tasks that you created in step 4 – on a scale of 1-4. 1 being you love to do and 4 being you hate to do it.
5 – map it out on your calendar (whatever we don’t put on our calendar tends not to get done, you must take this step)
– Set up your calendar in 15-minute increments based on the time of day you are most productive.
– Now this may sound counter-intuitive but you want to do the tasks you rated with a 4 and put them in your most productive time frame (and only do 15 minutes of the task, even if you feel like you are on a roll otherwise it will lead to burn out
– Set a timer for the 15 minutes (I look using a kitchen timer because it clicks)
– Turn off all distractions and focus on the task at hand (cell phones, Facebook, telephones, email, etc)
6 – Delegate what you don’t need to do
Trust me if you implement even part of this advice you will gain back more time in your business this week then you ever thought possible. It’s how my clients and I are able to grow multiple 6-figure businesses working part-time hours.
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hey, I’m Kim + I am ridiculously passionate about helping you to work smarter and not harder + to realize how freaking amazing you actually are, exactly as you are and how easy business really can be when you are in alignment + simplify + add systems to organize your business + plan your business growth. I’ve been geeking out about online business, online marketing + systems + personal development + all that stuff since I created my first business back in 2006 + sold it.
This whole business owner thing is not for the faint of heart, there is a reason why most businesses fail!
While the road to burnout doesn’t look the same for everyone on it there are some similarities you typically experience on this path!
- You’re always in the weeds of your business
- You don’t have efficient systems and processes (or maybe none at all)
- You aren’t delegating effectively
- You can’t take time off
- You’re trying to do too many things at once + wearing all the hats
It’s exhausting just thinking about it! But there’s a way off the hamster wheel!
If you’re overwhelmed, overworked, stressed out, and worried that if you take time off the bottom will fall out from beneath you and your business will fall apart.
Then, you are in the right place my friend, been there, done that, got the tee-shirt and I’d love to support you in ending the cycle!