Are You Stuck In A River?
Finding time to work ON our practice can be difficult.
For most of us, it feels like were stuck in a river…
Works always coming in.
All the time.
And when we’re in this place it can be incredibly frustrating because it feels like we’re on a treadmill and we don’t know how to get off.
So the question is – how do you create the time to work on your practice?
The key thing to realise here is that getting out of this river isn’t going to happen by chance or accident.
If you want to get out of this river, then you need a plan in place to airlift you out.
Dedicated Time Slot
Hear me out. It’s very easy to knock the simplicity of most answers, but it’s often the simplest answers that have the biggest impact.
If you want to climb out of the river and spend time working ON your practice, you need to create a dedicated time slot in your diary once a week for two hours.
And this timeslot wants to be outside of your normal ‘working hours’.
So, for example, one of my BlackBelt clients does 07:30am-09:30am every Friday morning from their office at home.
Another BlackBelt client has a young family so he does every Wednesday 09:30pm-11:30pm once the kids have gone to bed.
If you notice both of these times are recurring every week – this is important.
I promise you now that if you choose to do 2-4 next Thursday, and 11-1 the following Tuesday, and 3-5 the following Monday, it will never work.
Something much more important/urgent will always pop up and destroy that timeslot.
Some key points to remember:
– You want a routine once a week
– Outside of your normal working hours
– Switch off outlook, switch off your phone, make sure you’re uninterrupted
You might be thinking – “two hours a week isn’t much” – no, but it’s a fantastic starting point.
Once you can comfortably do two hours a week, you can look to increase it.
Important note – make sure that you’re clear on exactly what you’ll cover in these time slots before you sit down and do them. If you turn up to your time slot with no idea what you’re going to do, you’ll end up wasting an hour before you even start.
This is a very simple, yet powerful way to create time to work on your practice.
Once you’ve decided on your time slot and booked it out in your diary for at least the next 3 months ask yourself:
“What am I going to work on in these timeslots?”
Here are some suggestions to get you started:
– Build a customer service system https://rudijansen.com/the-3-step-customer-service-builder/
– Re-evaluate your practice model https://rudijansen.com/profitable-practice-model/
– Change your pricing strategy https://rudijansen.com/price-for-profit/