How to Create More Time in Your Day for Business

Wanna hear something crazy?  I asked, “What is preventing you from taking your business to the next level?” and of the thousands of responses I received, the thing I heard the most was: TIME.

Over and over, people told me the exact same thing.

We all want more time.  I get it.  Time must be divided between work, kids, your spouse, friends, the gym, social activities, and once you throw in a dash of reality TV, we’re sunk.

But I have a hard time accepting when excuses are made instead of changes being made.

In order to get what you want, we must change what we’re currently doing (since it’s not working well) to trying new ways of pursuing what we want.  So what does this look like?  Let’s chat about three ways to bring this to life:

1.  Wake Up an Hour Earlier

Did you know that some of the world’s greatest writers produced their masterpieces simply by writing an hour each day before leaving for their day job?  Did you know that practicing for one hour every day sets your path toward mastery?  One hour of concentrated productivity every day can revolutionize your approach.

2.  Create an Hourly Schedule

When I tracked how I spent my time, I realized there were pockets of wasted time.  Now, I didn’t realize I was wasting time, but it seemed like chunks of my day went missing (10 minutes of mindless web surfing here…15 minutes reorganizing my pantry there), but when I created an hourly schedule—and stuck to it!—I got SO much more done.  Having a clear path to productivity has been tantamount to my success.

3.  Plan for Personal Time

I suffered from guilt.  I felt guilty for not spending more time with my family…I felt guilty for not spending enough time in my business.  This meant I wasted a lot of time being half-focused.  When I planned for concentrated time with my loved ones (a phone call, a homemade dinner, etc.), I was free to focus on the tasks at hand.  Because I planned for personal time, I felt free to pour all my energy into what needed to be completed in a specific amount of time.  No more half-life attempts at balance…being all-in empowered me to get twice as much done in the same amount of time.

I hope this helps and I can’t wait to hear how you create more time in your life and business.  If you have tips/advice to share, feel free to leave a comment!