If you had an extra hour a day available what would you do with it?
More client work?
More marketing and practice building activities?
More time off?
Would you start a new business project? Work on your hobby? Get in shape? Write a book?
It would be nice, wouldn’t it? It could be life-changing.
But it’s not going to happen. You’re never going to find an hour a day in your busy schedule.
Unless you decide to.
If you do, here are some questions to ask yourself that could help you free up that time:
- Look at your calendar and task list. What do you regularly do that you could safely stop doing or cut back on? Yesterday, I talked about eliminating unnecessary expenses. Why can’t you do the same thing with your time?
- What project are you working on you could indefinitely defer?
- What could you outsource or delegate? (Give this a lot of thought; it could free up days, not hours.)
- What could you do more quickly by improving your skills, acquiring tools or tech, or streamlining your work-flow or systems?
- What content, marketing collateral, or work product could you re-purpose or re-use (so you don’t have to spend time creating more)?
- What marketing activities (networking, presentations, podcasting, videos) could you eliminate, shorten, or replace with something simpler and less time-consuming?
- Do you have any services or practice areas that take up a disproportionate amount of your time and focus (and could be eliminated)?
- What meetings could you eliminate or shorten? What boards or committees could you step down from?
- Could you shorten the commute to your office? Could you work from home or a second office a couple of days a week?
It’s important to ask yourself these questions because you might like the answers.
And because one hour a day is 250 hours per year.
What would you do with that time?
If you want some help finding an extra hour per day, let me know.