The Episode: How To Create More Time In Your Business
In many forms of freelance and online work, schedules and your time can become a messy concept to deal with. How do you make sure that you are delivering great value to your clients while also avoiding being continually swamped and overcrowding your planner? Listening in today, you will hear a few different strategies and simple methods for staying on top of your time, and how structure and planning can actually lead to more freedom, rather than restraining you!
In This Episode
- The question from the academy that prompted today’s discussion [0:16:00]
- Figuring out what is truly necessary for your clients [0:18:12]
- Taking note of how you actually spend your time in order to optimize [0:22:41]
- Setting boundaries and designing your ideal week [0:25:52]
- The importance of structure to any business or project [0:33:22]
“The absolute best way to lift people up is to create unbelievably high standards for them and then give them the opportunity to rise up.” — Jonathan Goodman
Taking the Lead with Your Schedule
There is usually a way that you can trim the fat from your commitments, and this means going through and taking note of what is absolutely essential to the service you are delivering. Clients usually do not need long weekly phone call check-ins for instance, so anything that falls into that category can be cut from your diary. Communication is also key, as when you are spending time on someone, making sure they know when you need to finish and respecting those deadlines can help a lot.
Set Healthy Boundaries
We recommend gaining some self-awareness around how you actually spend your hours. Using a notebook and jotting down how your days pan out can be quite illuminating in this regard! When we leave things unaddressed, tasks tend to bleed into other times of the day such as the evenings or social time, so try setting out boundaries for yourself. You can even design your dream week, and see what that looks like and if you can achieve it.
Freedom Within Structure
The paradox of implementing more structure in your days is that it can actually lead to more freedom! This structure will also grow and change along with your situation, and there will always be tradeoffs that you will have to make. But we recommend putting in place as many benchmarks as possible, these will impact your approach to work and time and will most likely increase your energy for different parts of your day!
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