“You control your time. No one else does.”– Steve Napolitan
Do any of these thoughts sound familiar to you?
“I wish I had more time!”
“There aren’t enough hours in my day!”
“I have too much to do!”
You can’t control how much time you have. That’s unworkable. However, you can control what you do with your time!In this post, I am going to share a simple process to reduce your stress, help you get more done with less effort, grow your business, and more importantly:Regain your life!So, if you ever feel you aren’t getting enough done every day, pay attention.
Step 1: STOP
The first thing you need to do is STOP at the end of the day and take time today to prioritize tomorrow.What do I mean? Say you finish your day at 5 pm. If you need to be done by 5 pm, then STOP working at 4:50pm. Use the remaining 10 minutes to figure out what you need to get done tomorrow. To help you do this, you answer the following questions:
What did I get done today?
What didn’t I get done today?
What needs to get done tomorrow?
Now, write the list of things that NEED to be done tomorrow. Make sure you have it written down. Because it is important for the next step.
Step 2: SIFT
Look at that list, and ask yourself the following questions:
What can I ELIMINATE? There are things you don’t really need to be doing. For example, do you really need to wash your car today? Is it really mission critical? If not, REMOVE it from your list. Immediately, it’ll lessen what you think you MUST do the next day.
What can I DELEGATE? Even if you have no employees. Are there other people whom you can have help you? For example, having someone else help clean your house? If you do those things yourself, and you make good money, what is the opportunity cost of doing housework? If you earn $100/hour and a cleaner costs $50/hour, then you are better off focusing on your business!
What can I AUTOMATE? Can you leverage systems and technologies to help you? For example, you can download an app, automate emails to your customers, or the like.
Using the above process, you can start to reduce what you think you must do, and focus on the ONE THING that is going to create the most positive impact on your business and on your life. This is what I help my clients do to regain their life, grow their business, and enjoy more freedom!Sometimes, you want a coach to look through these with you because it always helps to get some outside perspective. It’s hard to see it for yourself when you are in it. But here is what you are going to do: after scrutinizing your list, identify the HIGHEST priority activity, the thing that will make the MOST impact on your business. You are going to make this task the FIRST thing you do the next day 😊Do this every day and by the end of each day, you will have more success every day. Over time, you will also get better and better at it! So, remember: