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Don’t Underestimate the Power of an Hour
For most people running a business, the thought of getting back an hour a day seems unattainable.
But it really is easier to achieve than you think.
However, like any ideas or examples you read or hear about, it’s all about applying them consistently each and every day, so the strategies and techniques move from occasional tasks to the ingrained habits you do automatically.
With that in mind, what is an hour really?
It is 60 minutes, which could be chunked into:
- 1 x 60 minutes
- 2 x 30 minutes
- 3 x 20 minutes
- 4 x 15 minutes
- 5 x 12 minutes
- 6 x 10 minutes.
But first, you have to do things smarter, so the hour comes more easily, regardless of which chunking down combination you apply.
And why is that important? Because TIME = MONEY.
Imagine if you could ‘get back’ an hour a day by doing things differently. What would that look like? What would that feel like?
Using an example of an hourly charge out rate of $100 (the value placed on your knowledge and skill), saving an hour means your earnings would look like this.
… per hour $100
… per day $800
… per week $4000
… per month $16 000
… per year $192 000
Initially, you may not see this figure (savings) on your profit and loss statement or in your bank account; but if you work smarter, not harder, you would eventually see this figure in your bank account.
How? Because of the many ways, you could use this extra hour to:
- Develop a profitable partnership/alliance
- Submit a winning tender
- Gain new clients
- Develop new products and services
- Catch up on the never-ending task list.
- Or take the much needed holiday (oh my goodness), so you don’t suffer from mental overwhelm and be forced to take time off.
This is the power of an hour and why it’s so important to develop habits slowly, enabling you to become more proactive than reactive in managing your small business.
And remember, it’s not about finding one hour in a chunk, though, if you can, that’s great. It’s about finding one hour over the working day. I know for myself as a Speaker, Author and Coach, finding an hour all together can sometimes be quite difficult.
But we can all find 15 minutes chunks; and if we can’t, then there are greater issues in our small business which we need to deal with immediately.
So if you’re struggling with focus, maybe you could also consider adopting the Pomodoro Technique originally created by Francesco Cirillo and used by many people to increase their productivity and work more effectively.
This technique enables you to work in short, sharp bursts during your day, as well as to take regular breaks.
- Twenty-five minutes on with five minutes off
- Every four to five Pomodoros, you take an extended break.
During each Pomodoro, you close down all distractions including phone and email so you can focus solely on the task at hand. Pomodoro tasks could be reviewing your financial numbers, writing an article or blog, developing a new product service or completing a ‘procrastination’ task.
The five minute break is to gain time and space from both the task and your computer so get up, stretch, make a drink… anything which keeps you relaxed but keeps the blood flowing.
After this 5 minute break, you’re ready to focus on yet another 25-minute burst.
So I’m wondering, do you use the Pomodoro technique in your work day?
If not, is this something you will now build into your workday?
And is it something maybe your staff could also embrace?
Imagine what you could complete if you only do 2 Pomodoros a day?
Imagine if you did four, six or more?
It’s time to implement some strategy.
So what strategies will you embrace to regain the Power of an Hour?
How will you chunk down your day, so you are always spending at least an hour a day, not only more productively, but working on your business, not just in it?
By embracing the power of an hour, you will continue to build a simple, profitable business you actually love…. one brick (aka a 15-minute chunk) at a time.
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