If only I had more time!
I can’t tell you how many times I hear that a day from clients, on social media, in forums and on teleseminars.
Admit it: you have uttered those words too.
You can make more money, but you can’t have more time… or can you?
Here are some tips to steal some extra time out of your busy day.
1) No one but you should own your time.
As coaches and consultants, we often think that our time is our clients’ time. They need us, and we are there.
Not a chance. It’s one thing to help, but it should be on YOUR schedule, even when the customer pays.
Think of it this way: you would be appauld if someone reached in your purse and took your money, right? How different is that from letting other people help themselves to your time?
By the way, this also includes family and friends who ‘just need a moment’ while you are working. Set up those boundaries and stick with them.
2) What makes the most profits? Then do THAT first.
Keep checking to make sure that you’re working on the things that help you earn the most in less time. Those are your sweet spot tasks that you should always so first. Then the rest is just gravy if you get them done. For example, for me, social media is not as profitable as email, so I focus more on the emails that I send than chit-chatting on Facebook or pinning on Pinterest.
3) ‘No’ is your magic word!
When it comes to the word ‘No’, guilt has no place in your business. Declining something that’s not a good fit for you is SMART! If you need help deciding if something is a good fit, come up with a checklist of criteria for yourself. Then when you need to say no, you can explain why in a professional manner.
For example, I made some clear ‘rules’ for joint venture opportunities so when something comes in (and they do often) I can evaluate them based on those rules. If they meet the rules, we can proceed. If not, I can show them my criteria, and have them make accommodations or move on.
4) The block is the best defense against time sucks.
Blocking your time for various tasks allows you to have an natural flow to things. Block all the times where you have scheduled appointments and phone meetings around the same time. Block time for you to write blog posts and block time for you to be active on social media.
For example, Mondays are my writing day for the week, so a majority of my articles, blog posts, and other writing tasks are done at this time. As for social media, I have blocked three times a day convenient to my schedule to ‘check in and connect.’
Why should you time block? Having an appointment in the middle of a block leaves little time at either end to tackle a major piece of work. Keeping your blocks of time as big as possible gives you a feeling of having more time that is available.
5) Get off the DIY rollercoaster.
I made this mistake early on so I get it! I was clever enough to know a bit about design and a bit about websites. Yet these items, although fun to do, took too much time, as I wasn’t an expert.
Looking back, all the time I spent in the do-it-yourself mode was costly. There was a LOT of time I could have focused on more profitable endeavors than playing around to find the perfect font.
I had to learn to delegate, if I wanted to grow.
Being able to delegate some tasks is a way of freeing up some of your time for the jobs that only you are able to do.
Start small if you must, but you’ll soon see that you’ll be able to focus on more profit-generating tasks. And when that happens, invest a little more in delegating.
If your budget is small, also consider getting interns, who work for free in exchange for experience.
Next time I’ll share five more ways to add more time to your day. In the meantime, if you want to learn how to get your marketing plan set and in action to save you even more time, check out http://easymarketingresults.com