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 piece 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 your 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.
If you’d like to some help creating a strategic plan so that you can reach your goals FAST, then be sure to check out Rock Your Biz Systems + Strategic Planning system here, where I teach you in depth how to use strategic calendaring to get more done in a day than most people do in an entire month.
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Questions? Ask away and I’d love you to post your comments.