Find an extra hour next week

By joanne | 15th January | Marketing Ideas, Marketing Skills, Marketing Strategy, Marketing Training

There are simply never enough hours in the day to achieve everything we think we need to.  But, we all do jobs and actions that we perhaps don’t need to do, or could be delegated.  I’d like you to look at your diary for next week and see if you can find just one hour of free time that you can spend more productively on making progress towards your goals.

Tip: This isn’t about working longer hours to find the time, it’s about being smarter with the time you do have, so I need you to work a little harder than just thinking you’ll start an hour earlier one day.

Take a look at your calendar and have a look for any of the following:

  1. Meetings that you don’t really need to attend.  We often attend events or networking meetings that, if we’re honest, don’t achieve any returns.  Could you save time next week by cutting maybe just one of these out of your diary?
  2. Meetings someone else could attend on your behalf.  Effective delegation can be really useful in generating time you can spend more productively.
  3. Unstructured meetings.  Could you initiate an agenda to keep the meeting on track and shorten the time taken out of the office?
  4. Travelling time.  Are there calls you could make, rather than meetings you need to attend?  A conference call would save travelling time for all – and it’s an ideal time to suggest this with our current weather ‘issues’.
  5. Project work that could be delegated to others, or out-sourced.  For example, are you doing your own tax return, when a book-keeper could do it in half the time and allow you to focus on running your business?
  6. Unnecessary work – jobs that don’t add value to the business, but keep you busy – the not urgent and not important stuff.  Could you bin some of that and save valuable time?

If you have any other ideas for actions that could be improved, reduced, removed… please let us know.

Hopefully, you’ve been able to find just one hour in which you can build your business.  And, if you’ve done it next week, chances are you can do it the week after and the week after that.

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