The more I meet and work with super-successful women, the more I see positive habits and traits in their lives and businesses. Constant delegation, for example. Or prioritizing self-care.
But I still see one negative habit in almost every single client’s business: busyness. Chaotic, frantic, I feel like I’m drowning, busyness. Women who are rockstars in almost every area of their business…except for time management. That is a BIG problem. Why? Because your time is a limited resource. Unlike your brilliance, your growth potential, your audience, and your revenue, your time is finite.
You have 168 hours in a week → what you do with those hours will ultimately determine everything about your success and your happiness.
So I want to let you in on a habit, something I’ve been doing for a couple years, which has dramatically changed my business, my sanity, my revenue and my stress levels: I only schedule 50% of my time.
I work Monday-Thursday, from about 7am to 3pm, and ONLY take calls / meetings / commitments on Monday and Wednesdays. That leaves two days a week that are available to me to do EVERYTHING else: think, dream, write, plan, create, organize, learn, implement.
What could you do with 50% of your time? What big idea have you been sitting on for months (or years) that you could flesh out? What focus could you regain? What systems could you put into place?
But there’s no way I could do that without losing $$$!
Is that what you’re thinking? I bet most people reading this are thinking something like that. And I get it. Some of you are trying to meet big revenue goals so you’re saying yes to every opportunity that comes your way. Some of you work as consultants or coaches and only get paid for hours that are spent with clients. So what do you do?
Hire people. Even consultants don’t meet with clients for 40 hours a week. I promise you that there are things on your plate that you can outsource to a virtual assistant.
Raise your prices. If you’re charging $100/hour and working 40 hours a week, raise your prices to $200/hour and start working 20/hours a week.
Create a leveraged offer. Oh come on, did you really think I wasn’t going to mention this?! The #1 way to take your time back is to stop trading your hours for dollars.
If this feels out of reach for you, I challenge you to try it for two weeks. You will be amazed at how much you get done and how much clarity and focus it brings.