How Many Hours Do You Waste Each Day?

Some people argue that life is too short. Others believe that life is plenty long enough, provided you don’t waste too much of it. Either way, there’s no arguing that most of us probably waste at least a couple of hours each day. That time could be spent in a more constructive fashion.

Think about how much you could have accomplished over the last 10+ years with just one well-utilized hour each day.

Planning is key

Understanding Wasted Time

Is watching your favorite TV show wasted time? Maybe. Maybe not. Is driving 45 minutes each way to and from work every day wasted, considering you could live five minutes from work? What if you were living in your dream town and house? Then a long commute might not be a waste.

It’s up to you to decide what you consider to be time well-spent. What’s important is to examine your life and how you spend your time.

Maximize Your Time

Electronic devices

Measure how much time you spend each day watching TV or playing on your cell phone. Do you play video games?

Internet

Of course, you need an electronic device to utilize the internet. How much time do you spend amusing yourself with the all the distractions available on the internet?

Social media

How much time do you spend checking up on friends and family each day or posting your own exploits to the rest of the world? Some believe that social media is only good for stalking and showing off. How do you use social media? Is it adding to your life or taking away from it?

Waiting

How much time do you spend waiting? Some people like to arrive to appointments 30 minutes early. That’s 30 minutes you could spend doing something else.

  • How much time do you spend waiting in lines? Could you go to the store at a different time when you’re less likely to wait?
  • Studies show that the average person spends approximately 6 months of their life waiting. This includes waiting for the bus, train, doctor, security checkpoints in the airport, customer service, and traffic.

Tracking

Use a time tracker. There are many apps and programs that will measure how you’re spending your time on your phone and computer. How many minutes do you really spend on YouTube each day? The tracker will tell you precisely.

Reimagine Your Time

You might spend a lot of time unproductively out of habit. Most adults have routines they follow during the week and on weekends. It’s time to examine those routines and see if you can find a more productive routine.

  • You might find it more rewarding to learn to play an instrument instead of watching Seinfeld reruns at night. Or you could learn to speak French rather than playing Candy Crush before bed.
  • Consider your goals. Do you take the time each day doing something to move you closer to those goals and the life you desire?

Determine the biggest time wasters in your life and choose some more effective ways to spend that time.

Everyone needs to spend some time enjoying themselves, but are you enjoying that time as much as possible? Spend your leisure time in the most enjoyable ways you can. Unless you’ve thought about it, you’re probably not enjoying your downtime as much as you could be.

Everyone wastes at least part of their day. Determine your priorities and then examine how you’re spending your time each day. Think about how you could be spending your time more effectively and enjoyably. If you need more help deciphering your time management, contact me to schedule a discovery meeting.

Hectic Schedule? 4 Ways to Maintain Your Cool in the Chaos

Do your days seem to include more chaos than peace lately?

You set a plan in motion to accomplish specific tasks and feel like the plan is well underway when something unexpected happens to disturb the flow… and all of a sudden, your day goes from manageable and controlled to hectic and chaotic.

It’s so easy to lose your cool in a scenario like this, especially if you felt poised to hit your targets to begin with. With so much happening, staying calm can be quite the challenge! And the worst part is that more and more days seem to end up this way.

How can you escape this chaotic daily cycle?

Although you can’t control the unexpected, these approaches will help you develop the coping skills to see you through until the end of a hectic day – or a hectic time in your life:

You have the skills and experience to conquer challenges.

Think back to every difficult situation you or others around you have experienced and see just how many times the fallen have gotten back up. As hard as it is to deal with setbacks and other challenges, you’ll make it through!

  • Remind yourself that you can handle unexpected situations.
  • Look back at what you’ve achieved so far and the obstacles you had to overcome in order to get what you wanted.
  • Meditate on how much stronger you’ll be when you get to the other end of the tunnel.
  • Take it in small bites until things settle down.

It’s not as bad as it seems.

If you take a moment to assess the situation for what it truly is, you’ll realize that things might not be as bad as they seem. As hectic as you think it is, it isn’t the worst that could befall you. The minute you recognize that, your coping mechanisms kick in to help you start to find solutions.

  • Wear a smile even in the midst of the turmoil. It’s a proven technique that helps you cope.
  • Be your own hero – push yourself to make it through the tough times.

Take five.

When things get a little tough to deal with, there’s no harm in taking a time out. Allowing yourself to break from the chaos and just breathe is a great way to maintain your cool.

  • A break from all the craziness helps to put things back into perspective so you can renew your focus on the goals at hand.
  • Breathing is very beneficial because it helps to relax the muscles and ease your tension.

Drink lots of water.

Water has more benefits that you would think! In the midst of a hectic schedule, drinking water cools you down physically and also calms your spirit and nerves. Keep some water nearby and take a drink whenever you notice that things have started to get a little crazy!

Always remind yourself that, although there’s a lot of stuff happening that needs your attention, you can only tackle them one at a time. If you break down the madness into individual, attainable steps, you’ll find it much easier to push through the chaos.

Give yourself the chance to be the winner you know you are with these strategies!

3 Places You’re Leaving Money on the Table

Good business coaches are able to look at a company objectively, ask pertinent questions, and guide the owner through the process of creating a plan for future growth. Consider a business coach your objective third party, the one who can sort through the processes that work and those that don’t work and help mold the company into a profitable entity.

For any business owner with an online presence (and every business should be online!) there are many passive ways to build income streams into your website and products that will bring in extra money while you focus on serving your current customers. Passive income is good and will help your bottom line while you actively market your business. You’ve invested good money into your business and your website; why not make it work harder for you?

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing is a simple way to make commission by recommending products or services to your audience. This process is similar to telling your friend or neighbor about the great pizza place where you just ate dinner. Simply sign up for the product’s affiliate program and place a unique link within a product review on your blog or on a web page listing all the business tools you recommend. Every time someone clicks on your link, they are brought to the product’s site and if they make a purchase, you get a commission. Affiliate links can also be added to eBooks or other digital products you sell; however, review the Terms of Service for all the social media platforms before posting an affiliate link.

Upselling

Creating upsells in your sales funnel is another overlooked place where you can bring in extra money. Do you have a basic sales funnel in place, where you make an offer to your broad audience and then have more focused, more expensive offers for them to choose from over time? These additional offers bring your customers down the funnel toward your most expensive offer. Now, for each main offer in your sales funnel, think of an upsell your customer would find valuable. This may be free admittance into your private Facebook group or maybe it’s a report, checklist, form, or eBook for a nominal fee that is a no-brainer add-on to their order. For your more expensive offers, add a more expensive upsell, like a trial period in your membership site. The key is to choose relevant upsells that will benefit your customer and that makes sense to couple with the initial product purchase. In other words, don’t create an upsell that doesn’t make sense.

Productivity

Back-end efficiency is important to any business, whether it’s strictly online or whether you also have a physical location. A business coach can objectively assess whether you’re working most efficiently and can offer solutions to make customer service, billing, and customer fulfillment (just to name a few areas) quicker and more accurate. Very often business owners are too close to the situation to see how everything flows (or doesn’t flow) together, similar to why having someone else proofread your sales copy is ideal because they are more likely to pick up typos, strictly because they didn’t write the copy.

If you need more help deciphering which passive income streams you’re wasting, contact me to schedule a discovery meeting.

Productivity is More Than Getting Things Done

Business coaches are strong assets for business owners because they hold the owner accountable for their own progress. They offer different perspectives to problems, they offer guidance as well as challenges, and they observe objectively how a business operates and what can be improved.

Productivity is more than just performing your daily tasks. A business coach will improve your productivity in all aspects of your business life.

Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Performing tasks that make you uncomfortable are often tasks that will push your business into forward momentum, such as real life networking or presenting to your local Chamber of Commerce. Performing these tasks will get easier with practice and will allow you to develop real life relationships with other businesses. If you gain new customers in the process, that’s quicker productivity than if you stayed in your online bubble.

Make Course Corrections

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Your business coach doesn’t want to take over your business; they want you to become stronger in your ability to drive the business forward and they won’t be afraid to correct you if the coach sees a misstep. If you listen to your coach’s advice, you will become more effective in your leadership skills as well as your business skills.

Increase Operational Efficiency

Your business coach will see through their objective third party lens where your operations can use improvement. That may mean automating certain aspects or hiring a virtual assistant to handle certain tasks. When your business runs effectively, customers are happy and you’ll keep your overhead costs down. Effective operations also allow your assistants or employees to be more productive because they have the proper tools to complete their jobs.

Make Your Ideas Into Reality

Instead of keeping all your product ideas stuck in your head, unable to decide which one to develop, a business coach will help analyze your ideas and ask questions about the viability and effectiveness of each product. A coach will also guide you through the production process to complete your product quickly and cost-effectively.

Take the Next Step

Smart business owners know they can’t know everything about every subject, especially if they have no experience in running a business. This is where a smart business coach can become the business’ top asset, guiding you to financial success. If you’re ready to hire a smart business coach, schedule a discovery call with me today.