What it’s done for me:
I have reclaimed 2 hours of my time each day, not to mention my weekends. That’s about $108k a year worth of time. Probably more because that time is put toward new program development or marketing which brings me even more for those 2 hours of time.
- Task match your week. Boy, this is a life-saver! I can’t emphasize that enough. I match my similar tasks and perform them in the same time block or day of the week.
Here’s how I task match:
I’ve organized all of my tasks and responsibilities by category and I group those items and perform them on the same day. For example, I schedule all of my coaching calls on Monday and Tuesday.
This allows me to stay in my strategy brain all day without switching to administrative or creative tasks.
Wednesdays are for client-related work projects. Anything that’s ongoing or that has developed from my Monday or Tuesday calls goes on this day.
Thursdays are for team meetings, admin, and the occasional coaching call if the Monday/Tuesday schedule can’t accommodate it and the client has a launch or deadline.
I don’t work Friday-Sunday any more. Well, occasionally, I’ll throw in a couple of hours on Friday but definitely nothing on the weekends.
If it can’t fit in this schedule, it can’t be done. Which leads me to my next tip.
- Learn to say no. Stop saying yes to everything just because you are in feast or famine mode.
I said yes to everything in the past because I had poorly designed systems and had zero consistency in my revenue. One month I generate $35k the next $15k and it would flip flop like that all the time.
I also said yes to everything because I wanted to be seen as “the one person” who could do it. That’s a terrible business decision.
Saying no is the most positive thing you can do in your business.
Those were the shifts I made in my business and I made huge strides in my personal life as well. In total, I reclaimed 3 days a week. 3 whole days that I can use to replenish, connect with friends, spend time with my husband, restore my creative juices and take care of myself.
Me and Keith in Barcelona ’08 for my 50th birthday
Aligning my business with my life:
I wondered why I was always tired and lacked joy on the weekends…probably because I had gotten in the habit of playing catch up on work projects on Saturdays and Sundays.
I’m not talking about just a few minutes occasionally. I was working 6-8 hours daily on my weekends EVERY weekend.
The mismanagement of time during the week pushed me to have to make up work over the weekend.
This is huge, folks.
The message that I was telling myself and my husband was that my work was more important than my life.
Just writing that made my heart hurt.
My work is a part of my life, not my whole life.
Let that sink in.
Are you saying that, too?
Are you working at all hours of the night, over the weekends, and sacrificing your health, relationships, and spirit all in the name of your business?
Please, dear soul, stop. Stop the insanity of working like you’re working and take a page from my book.
Stop multitasking, context switching, and giving in to attention residue.
Start implementing the 3 most effective strategies that I used and teach my clients to do.
If you can reclaim even 1 day you’re off to a great start.
Remember, your work isn’t your life, your work is part of your life. You deserve a life that isn’t sacrificed for the work you do.