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As business owners, we are great multi-taskers – whether it’s at home or in the work environment. We’re so used to multi-tasking that we don’t always stop to assess whether the task currently being worked on is actually adding to our bottom line... or just depleting our energy.
We can solve the drop in energy by having a quick break, taking a walk or having something to eat. Time however, is the one resource that isn’t renewable... once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. Therefore, the biggest business shift you can make is to get control on how you spend your working hours.
What follows are the three biggest secrets to protecting your time, whilst magnifying your sense of freedom, increasing your accomplishments and boosting your energy levels... whilst increasing your bottom line.
Hire an extra pair of hands
Whether you hire someone to help you clean your house and run your errands, or an assistant at work to answer your emails and schedule your tweets, hiring extra help will save you precious hours every week.
You really can’t do it all... and you don’t need to do it all. Loosen your urge to be in control of everything and hand the smaller jobs over to someone else.
Allocate your time
Don’t just schedule in your client appointments... schedule your regular tasks, projects and activities into your diary each week. Block time off to complete your action points, rather than writing a separate to-do list, schedule a block of time to complete your accounts.
Whilst you are allocating blocks of time, slot in a couple of 15 minute blocks each day to answer your email... this will enable you to stay focused on the task in hand, rather than constantly checking for new messages.
Focus on the task in front of you
Whilst you are working on a particular project or task, turn off your phone, switch off your email notifications and shut down those social media sites! Dedicating your focus to the task in hand will keep you from procrastinating... and will lead to an increased cash flow in the long run.
It may be difficult for you at first, as we have all become so used to being constantly available, however switching off those distractions will increase your productivity and motivation.
Your time is a precious commodity to you... one that other people and tasks will intrude into, if you allow it. Following these secrets will ensure you are protecting your time whist making the best use of it... and it will pay dividends to both your energy levels and your business success.
This week I invite you to think about how good you are at making the most of the hours available to you. Do you protect your available hours and your energy? What steps can you take towards controlling your working day? Share your business time-saving strategies in the comments box below.
Do you ever sit down at the end of the week and wonder where the time has gone? Are you so busy that you can’t remember the last time you had any time off... and even fitting in an hour to yourself seems like an impossibility right now?
You want more time for yourself... but your business has swallowed your life?!
You see, as Michael Gerber said in the The E-Myth most of us get into business because we want to be our own boss- and then down the line we realise that we’re so caught up in the flurry of day-to-day stuff and stress that the Lifestyle goes down the tube!
But times are changing and more and more business owners are undergoing what I refer to as “The Lifestyle Shift”. They are waking up to the fact that they are the boss, and therefore should be able to design their business to fit their lifestyle... not the other way around!
If you’re recognising that it’s time for you to have more time for yourself, your family, and for your dreams, then read on...
Your lifestyle is ultimately your life’s work.
We are all artists, whether we acknowledge that or not. And every day we are gifted with a canvas upon which to create our design.
We are now operating in the Information Age, at a time of great wealth and great possibility. Yet seemingly intelligent people continue to operate under old assumptions.
Too many people I know “work hard” for no other reason than they thought that’s what they were expected to do.
But let me tell you... there has never been a greater time than now to design YOUR life into the lifestyle you want.
How do you design your life?
Firstly... Wake up to the fact that YOU ARE THE BOSS.
Your life is the way it is because you let it be that way- either by your actions or non-actions. You are tolerating it, or fostering it, or forcing it to be just how it is.
Most of us get so busy just getting the work done that we forget to take stock and remember who's in charge.
YOU started your business. It is a direct reflection of you.
So isn't it time to take responsibility for your deepest desires and start making it JUST HOW YOU WANT IT?
My greatest wish for you is that you live a life of self-expression. By that I mean that your life is an expression of your unique identity.
If you would describe your lifestyle as anything less than awesome, you are not taking care of your most precious gift... YOUR gift of life!
After all... you’re the person running this show, and if you can’t have it the way you want it, who on earth can?!
You know if your life isn’t designed to your spec, I think it’s just that you’ve got a bit lazy.
We get lazy because questioning our assumptions and making changes in the way we operate is actually harder to do than work 70 hours a week!
So what can you do?
Take half a day for yourself.
Do it. Get out of your routine.
Go to a place that conjures up "the sacred" for you. That place is different for everyone... for some it’s a church, for others a park, for some a bookshop or even the shopping mall!
Its wherever you feel connected to your creator, the universe or your higher self. Spend a couple of hours just hanging out with yourself, and then in that space - ask yourself one simple question: "is your business supporting your lifestyle or eating away at it?"
Make no mistake- if it is not actively building it up, it is wearing it away slowly through attrition. There is no middle ground here.
What one thing could you do this week to move you out of your comfort zone and towards reclaiming your life? Here and now, commit to taking action this week. Leave me a comment... what are you committing to?
Draw a line under yesterday... it’s gone. Today sees you on the journey towards the rest of your life, and remember... YOU’RE the driver!
Many people in our industry see their events... workshops and seminars... as their final product. What I mean by that is that they spend loads of time delivering seminars but at the end of the event, the product does not continue making money.
When I work with entrepreneurs who want to build lifestyle businesses, one of the first lessons they learn is that an essential element of building a lifestyle business is that leveraging your time is key to your business growth.
The age-old “trading time for money” model... where you charge an hourly rate, or only get paid for work that you do, will limit your income to the number of hours you are able to work each day/month.
But... taking this one step further, are you leveraging your events too?
What do I mean by leveraging your event anyway?
Say you run a seminar, and you get 50 attendees in the room. At the end of your event, 25 people register for your coaching program, so you now have two revenue streams from the event... ticket sales and sales from stage.
Leveraging your events introduces a third, fourth or even fifth revenue stream. It means you could if you wanted to; never have to deliver the seminar ever again!
It’s all AV baby!
If you’ve been to any of my events, you’ll know that we have our Audio Visual (AV) guys there filming the entire time.
Following the event, the videos are edited and turned into physical DVD’s, and online videos that we sell as a separate product.
You could also rip the audio from the videos to create MP3s or CD audio products to be sold as a separate product?
Taking excerpts from the videos, you can create a free mini-series... a lead generator that your community opt in to receive?
Virtual events too!
Think about the teleseminars or webinars that you run too. It’s usually pretty simple to record online broadcasts, and they can also form part of a physical product.
Having leveraged the event, and sold the recordings as a separate product, you can also bundle them into your high-ticket big packs... adding a huge amount of value into your higher priced offerings.
Do you get the idea?
So, what I’d like to invite you to do this week is to think about all the “in-person” stuff that you do in your business... whether it’s virtual such as webinars, or when you’re physically present at your seminars and workshops.
Consider how you can leverage these events to create more time and build additional (passive!) revenue streams.
Stop seeing your events as your end product and start thinking how you can make them work smartly for you in your lifestyle business.
I’m sitting in Starbucks this morning on a rainy day in London reflecting on a conversation I had with one of my clients just before Greg and I left Melbourne last week.
She was telling me that she had spent the previous week dwelling on a difficult conversation she knew she needed to have with one of her clients. It was a conversation that she felt would be emotional and difficult for both of them.
Focusing on negative outcomes
She’d spent some time preparing to manage the negative outcome she expected from the conversation;
- Writing herself a script for how she would deliver the news
- Role playing the conversation in her mind
- Figuring out how to manage the anticipated conflict
- And generally psyching herself up to make that call
Until she realised that she was focusing all her energies into an expected outcome but avoiding taking any steps towards an actual result!
If you are familiar with the Law of Attraction you’ll know that it states we attract what we expect and by focusing on a negative outcome, you are likely to attract a negative outcome.
She made a decision: instead of expecting the call to go badly, she began to imagine the conversation going well and ending positively. Then she picked up the phone and made that call.
And guess what? The call DID go well and there WAS a positive outcome!
It got me thinking… how many times do we put off doing something because we fear a negative outcome? If we’re honest we’ve all done it at some point… I know I have and I expect you have too?
Now think about situations you’ve gone into with positive expectations… did your positive thinking manifest into a great outcome?
You see, when you look back at times where you have put off a task, decision or conversation because of your inner fears for a bad outcome… doesn’t it feel like a lot of wasted time? The truth is, you are limiting your success when you spend time focusing on what you think might happen instead of getting it done and managing the actual outcome.
I’m not saying you should never prepare for worst case scenarios but don’t let yourself put off doing something to focus on negative outcomes. Take that next step in your lifestyle journey with positive expectations and you’ll discover you can manifest those beliefs into positive outcomes.
Can you relate to this? Leave me a comment and tell me about a time you feared an outcome or when you manifested a positive outcome from positive expectations?