One of my coaches threw down the gauntlet by giving me The Challenge. This just happened to be a topic I’d chosen to write a post on today. Why this topic? Because I hear it over and over from my clients, and I’ve been guilty of saying the same thing at times – to myself and to my coach. Perhaps you’ve said it yourself: “I don’t have the time to do all the things that I should to make my business grow faster.” Notice that your business may be growing, but it could grow faster if certain things were given more attention and others implemented.
So the question is: Are you using your business time for profitable or non-profitable tasks?
Time recognizes no economic, racial or any other status. It’s the great equalizer, and we can do much with it or do little. We can accomplish a lot or nothing at all. There are people who are able to do more in two or three hours than some people will do in eight hours. Many of these people get this done before millions even get out of bed because for them their most productive time is between 5:00 and 8:00 a.m. Then there are people who are adept at getting things done in time blocks. Others do their best late at nights when the family is gone to bed.
The key is to find out what works for YOU. It can never be about someone else. So here are some questions only you can answer for yourself:
- What is your most productive time of the day? Is it early morning, mid-afternoon, or late at night?
- Do you have a short or long attention span?
- Do you find that you start to work on one project, but in the middle you become distracted and switch to something else so that at the end of the day you have three or four unfinished products?
- Do you have legitimate reasons that make it challenging for you to focus on your business?
So, getting back to the claim we often make about not having enough time. Here is the challenge he gave me and I’m going to share that challenge with you:
Take an inventory of how you spend your time over the next three days. Get a calendar/planner or use a spreadsheet. Every 15 minutes write down what you did. Next to each time slot write –
–>necessary and important (profitable)
–>not necessary (non-profitable)
–>wasteful or could have been done without
Of course, if you have a full-time job and work on your business part-time then only the hours dedicated to your business would be recorded. If you decide to accept the challenge, please leave a comment on my website. It would be fun to find out what your results are
after three days. Let’s do this!
In my next post we’ll look at how 15 minutes per day can be used to increase productivity.