Some of the most important work I do with my clients is showing them how to get more time back in their life so that they are able to work less “in” their business, more “on” their business, and have as many days and evenings off in a week that they would like.
Because here’s the truth:
You can design your business to create the life that you want.
Whatever you dream of having in your life, you can create it when you hold that picture so clearly and then begin taking the steps into creating it.
So in order to have this much time off that you’d like to have, the time you spend working in your business has to be precise and decisive so that you are able to get everything done you need to so when it’s time to stop working for the day, you know you can fully be present and enjoy this time off because you have no mental weight in your mind that there is something you have to do still.
The best way to ensure this is to learn the art of getting more done in less time.
So how do you get 4x more done in your workday?
The first thing you want to do at the very beginning of the day is to take 30 minutes and plan out your entire day. What do you need to get done? When is it going to happen? What space in your day is going to hold this specific project? Everything from writing emails, to sessions with clients, to work on your own business growth – everything. Start with planning out your calendar for the day.
You will want to block your time by either the hour or 30 min sections of time.
Some projects will need more hours than others, so for those, plan for more hours in that project for the day. Whatever you think it will take, that’s what you want to plan in. Then, the very last (and this is important) the very last hour of work for the day, set aside one entire hour blocked off for what I call “cushion time”. During this time of the day, you know you have open to look at anything you did during your other blocks of time during the day and tweak and polish and perfect it.
Then, go ahead and start your day. Every time you hit a new time block, move to that specific activity you had planned out. I love to use a timer that shows on my desktop so that I can see how much time I have left on that particular project.
When you block your time, and you don’t allow yourself to do anything else in that time, or let this project go past the time you allot.
When you do this, what happens is that it forces you to make quick decisions in what you do. Now it’s important to know that quick decisions do not mean bad decisions. Quick decisions simply means that it forces you to use that part in your brain where you’re tapping into your own inner knowing and don’t have any time to listen to the doubt or any time second-guessing your work. There simply is no time for it.
And when there is no time for it, your work gets better because you get it done and you get it out there. Then, the last hour of your day, you can revisit anything that you’d like. Whatever is most important to you to take another look at and tweak more – you can! OR if everything is exactly how you want, you can use this time however you’d like.
The most important thing you can do for yourself and your family is to be fully present and all-in every moment in your life that you can. It is the greatest gift you can give yourself and the people you love. So when you can completely eliminate the overwhelm of work, and get more done in less time, you suddenly have so much time back to yourself. And most importantly, that time is not overshadowed by the thoughts of projects that are not done, or clients that are not happy, or anything!
I take clients through how to do this very thing effectively because when done right, you’re able to get 4x more done than you ever have been able to before.
In my private 1-month intensive coaching program, I take overworked coaches and service providers from burnt out and working “in” their business to working less, feeling free and empowered and working on their business. I also address how to organize your paid offers for ease and how to reach $30k/months consistently by giving you a clear plan to follow month after month that will catapult you into the next level. Apply to work with me if interested in this program and we’ll chat to see if you’re a good fit.
As always, I would love to hear – what has changed for you when you have implemented this into your workday?
Remember, there are a lot of ways it can be implemented incorrectly, so if it’s not yet working for you yet, we would need to assess why it’s not working and tweak so that you are able to get the full benefit from it. If it is working for you right now – share your experience!