We’re going to talk about how you can find more time for the important actions that are going to grow your business.
I am going to help you find more time but here’s the big thing – you’re not going to find time unless you make time. If you’ve got a big goal for your business, sitting back and waiting for time to magically appear in front of you, or hunting, finding time scattered here and there is really sending out a sign to the universe and telling yourself, this isn’t a priority for me. Instead of telling yourself that you’re going to find time, I want you to be mindful of your language and talk about how you’re going to create time, how you’re going to make time.
Watch on or read below to find out!
I’m going to give you five ways that you can create time in your business so that you can focus on those important actions that you know are going to create growth.
For example, recording podcast episodes for me, I did have a long period of time in my business where it just never happened and I was waiting for time to magically appear. I would say yes, I’ll definitely do it sometime this week. But it wasn’t scheduled in now, bonus points for me, I found a way not only to schedule it into but to make it an awesome event and a fabulous day. I started my day today by getting my hair done at the hairdresser. So by having that appointment booked into my calendar to go and get my hair done, and then having four hours after that, completely free to record videos, and it’s in my calendar, video day, guess what I’m recording podcast episodes.
So whatever that thing is that you need to get done in your business, those important actions that you know are going to grow your business in the long term in particular, make sure that you schedule some time into your calendar for them.
Have a balance between short term focused actions and long term action focused actions in your week
So I want you to go and have a look at your week ahead, or maybe even have a little reflection on the week that has just been and I want you to be honest with yourself, how often in your day, were you focused on the short term fire fighting what’s in front of me making cash this week actions versus the long term growth of your business actions? When I first started my business, I did not think about long term growth of my business for a very long time. I was so excited by and energized by focusing on the short term things like posting in Facebook groups getting responses immediately making offers on my Facebook page getting clients in for today, getting clients for the short term, getting money in in the short-term.
I spend an hour in creation time because taking in all of this inflammation and getting all this inspiration and getting all these ideas is wonderful. But ultimately I need to turn that into action. I need to implement something differently in my life or my business as a result of consuming that information. So something that you can do is use the apps on your phone that tells you how long you’re spending online. Maybe keeping track for a few weeks of how long you’re going to other people’s webinars, doing online courses, learning from others, listening to podcasts, listening to audio books, reading books, think about all the ways that you’re consuming information. And then do you have balance with creation time, giving yourself a good few hours every single week to get into the space of being in creation, whether that’s creating content, creating your courses, creating a new resources, creating your next that 90 days of Facebook post, you know, getting that creative zone creating new imagery to using with your blog posts and, and with your posts on social media take time to take the things that you’re learning and put them into action.
It can be very tempting to say yes to every opportunity that comes your way. But as your business grows, and if you are putting off important tasks in your business that you know are going to be growing you in the long term by because you’re saying yes to things that maybe aren’t the right fit, or maybe it could work out to be something then it’s time to reassess the things that you’re saying yes to and the things that you are saying no to.
Now, there came a time for me when I really wanted to do in person events, and I said yes to every speaking opportunity that came my way. But as I’ve been growing my business and really starting to refine the way that I work in my business, for me to actually travel to prepare for, participate in and then follow up a live speaking event right now, it’s not a big return on investment for me my business compared to what I could be achieving, if I stayed, got my stuff done, really looked after myself and focused on my current strategy in my business.
As my business grows, I’m getting better and better at being really clear on my balance. And I actually have a really fun thing that I like to say to the members of my courses and my VIP clients. And I say to them, my boundaries are my responsibility. So if you feel like you want to reach out to me, or there’s something that you want to ask, I would rather that you ask. And we can do, I can just say, No, that’s for the group, or I can’t help you with that, unless you purchase some VIP time or will need to save that for a session.
That is such a beautiful thing. We’re living in a world now where we are able to establish those boundaries, we can support each other. And when people say no to me, I absolutely respect and applaud that I love that people have these beautiful boundaries around what they do and don’t want to participate in and what they will and won’t do and that is totally fine.
Have a think about where maybe your boundaries are getting a little bit walked over, or maybe you haven’t been clear about them. And it doesn’t have to be a bad thing that you put those boundaries up.
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Until next time, I cannot WAIT to see you SHINE.
Hi, I’m Tash. And I am so excited that you’re here. As you may have noticed I’m a total business and marketing strategy geek and I absolutely love helping women to create online businesses and courses that are perfectly aligned with THEIR zone of genius, AND that have a super-specific and strong value proposition for their ideal clients. Connect with on social media (links below) and come join the #ladyposse on Facebook.