How many times have you wished you had ‘more time in the day’ to get more things done?
Reality is, we all have the same 24 hours, but how you spend those hours makes all the difference.
Many entrepreneurs feel like they must work around the clock because they have to get things done. Not realizing that if they just slowed down and focused, they could get crystal clear about what their primary goals are, and be able to identify the activities that should be priority.
What it all boils down to is not really needing more time, but needing more clarity.
When you don’t have clarity, it’s difficult to be efficient. We tend to believe that being able to do multiple things at once is a great skill to have. Truth be told, multitasking decreases productivity and increases overwhelm (ask me how I know).
Instead of engaging in and completing one task, you end up doing a whole lot of busy work. A little bit of work on this, a little more on that. Do you realize how much longer you make it to actually get things done?
Add more time to your day by getting clear and focused
Of course we can’t really add more time to our days…but, we can free up a great deal of it so it seems that way. In fact, getting clear and focused can actually allow you to work less and accomplish important tasks, quicker.
To get started, here are a few steps you can take to add more time back into your days.
1. You have to write out your goal. I find that working backwards helps. Determine how much money you need to earn each month to quit your current job (if that’s your desire), or how much you want to earn on a monthly basis, to add to your household income.
2. Determine your offer. What product or service will you market? How many units will you need to sell per month, per week and per day to meet your income goal? Write it down.
3. Figure out who is your target market. *HINT*…NO, it is not everyone no matter how much you think everyone needs what you have. It is much easier to narrow down the audience in which you can best serve, based on who you feel more inclined to help. People who are similar to you, is a good starting baseline.
4. Decide how you will market to your audience. This is NOT the time to worry about what you do not know, this is the time to determine how you desire to serve your audience. Will it be primarily online or offline? Will you host live local events? Will you do video presentations? Will you attend networking events. What is the preferred method, you want to use for reaching your audience?
5. Assess your needs. When you complete steps 1-4, now you can take a look at what training, skills and tools you need, in order to get your business model structured, set up, and be able to start marketing effectively.
6. Take massive action. This is NOT the time to sit still (most entrepreneurs get stuck here). Whatever you don’t know how to do, you have to take the initiative and learn it, or hire someone to do it for you. You are the CEO of brand YOU. Make time for your business. Get the training, understand the tools, learn the strategy and implement. The ball is always in your court.
7. Never ever quit. Take the bull by the horns and ride your thing until the end. There is no quitting in entrepreneurship. Fail if you have to, then pick yourself back up and keep it moving. None of us get it right all the time…but we learn from our mistakes and do better moving forward.
When you are clear about what you need to be doing, how you should be doing it, and who you are doing it for…you can design your plan of action, schedule your work, and get things done!
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