3 Ways to Live Into Your Full Potential by Unlocking an Extra Hour In Your Day

Use these simple tips to find the time to start checking off that list of things you want to do "someday" today! 




Create Blocks of Time

 

Most of us run on to do lists. (If you're anything like me, you probably have one running in your head right now!) These lists help you know what to do, but time blocking helps you identify when is the most productive time to actually do it.

 

Preparation:

Get out your calendar in whatever form you actually look at.

 

Get Clear on What Matters - If you do nothing else, taking time to clearly define and map out the following will make the greatest impact on the way you feel at the end of any given week and your bottom line.

 

Priorities (Put EVERYTHING on your calendar in this order)

Self Care

Family Time

Small business tasks that will help you reach big goals 
(Start with the big goal and work backward from there to determine what you can do daily and even hourly to get you there)

Your daily Income Producing Activities or IPAs 
(Prioritize those that are will bring the most value to your clients and in turn affect your bottom line the quickest)

Buffer Time 
(Time to finish tasks that may not have been completed in the time allotted or that were put aside due to something else taking priority

Other Appointments
(Usually personal appointments or those that bring your clients the least value)

Other Business Tasks 

Chores and Errands 
(Generally these can be fit in anywhere)

Step 1 - Know your Income Producing Activities (IPAs) Get clear on what activities bring the most value to your clients and therefore affect your bottom line. 

Step 2 - Break it Down Start with the sale and work backwards, what steps do you need to take along the way to get to a sale? Think of your IPAs in terms of farmingA farmer has to take a certain amount of steps in a certain order so that he maximizes the quantity and quality of the harvest in order to make money. Those are your IPAs.

Step 3 - Put it On the Calendar Identify the time of day when you are most focused and energetic and set a block of time for IPAs that are “closest to cash” or require more brain power than other tasks, Don’t forget your brain power booster. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about you need to!) 

Things that help me: 

Be sure to minimize outside distractions during this time block. Turn off your phone, e-mail notifications, social media, if you work from home choose a time when your kids are with someone else or sleeping.)

Identify what tasks need to be done daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly and add them to the calendar.

Step 4 - Plan for Road Blocks Consider things that are likely to put a wrench in your progress, formulate a plan to pivot ahead of time and put some “white space in your calendar for catch up time. If you don’t need this catch up time use this time to do some self care or get ahead! Life will happen but it doesn’t have to slow your momentum or stress you out! 

Step 5 - Never Give Up! The best way to reach a larger than life goal is to chip away at it consistently by doing small tasks that move the needle closer and closer to the big results! Keep track of your progress so when you have setbacks, you can easily see how far you have come! 

Create a Weekly Meal Plan

Pick one day a week to plan all of your meals for the week, create a grocery list, shop or order online
so that you don’t have to think about it for the rest of the week. 

Benefits: 
Eat healthier consistently 
Save money 
Save time 
Make meals ahead of time on days that may not allow time to cook

Step 1 - Create a Recipe Bank 
This can be cook books, food blogs saved to your favorites, a binder of favorite recipes printed or written out. The point is to have a bank of recipes that you can easily pull from without spending too much time searching. (All of my clients get a 28 day e-mail series with yummy healthy recipes free!)  

Things that help me: 

Categorizing recipes according to cook time, main ingredients etc. I keep a google doc with links to my favorite recipes and a shelf full of cook books that are full of tried and true yummy recipes. One of those recipe books includes Instant Pot recipes for those recipes I need to. 

We order meat each month from a monthly delivery service which allows me to plan around the main dish and thaw meat ahead of time.

Step 2 - Make a Grocery List 
Review the ingredients list for each recipe chosen and make a grocery list from items you don’t have in stock. I do my best to pick recipes that include ingredients I have on hand as much as possible. 

Things That Help Me: 

Add snacks, toiletries, personal care and cosmetic items, pantry staples like spices, supplements etc. (Unless you have these items sent to your door monthly for free like I do!) 

Keeping a list of recipe links in google docs with links to my favorite recipes categorized by cook time and then by main ingredient.

Step 3 - Shop
I like to shop online and pick up from the store when possible. This saves time and money because I get just what I need and avoid those little extras that I might pick up along the way! 

Step 4 - Add Meals to Your Calendar
Put all meals and snacks on the calendar so that you know exactly what you will have for each meal and don’t have to think about it and you know you have all the ingredients you need. 

Step 5 - Prep As Needed 
Identify times in your week where you may not have time to prepare meals and either prep ingredients ahead of time, cook larger batches on days that you have more time so that you have leftovers, or choose simple throw together meals that you actually like.


Find More Time Everyday

Find the time in your day that your brain seems to fire on all cylinders. Is it first thing in the morning or at night when you’re processing the day? Okay, do you have that time figured out? Great! That’s the time that you use to move the needle on your goals that you feel like you don’t have time for! 

Benefits: 
Creates a designated time to live fully into your purpose 
You will not have to continue saying “someday” I will…
You will be able to look back on your life and say with confidence that you have no regrets!

Step 1 - Add 30 - 60 Minutes to Your Day 
Identify the time of day when your brain fires on all cylinders and either get up earlier or go to bed later and use that time to intentionally focus on that one big goal that you always say you would love to do but….(insert excuse here.)

That’s it! One simple step to find more time in your day. 

One Exception! If you have a newborn baby or already get less than 6 hours of sleep a night, consider moving this 30 minutes to a time when it will not cause you to loose sleep.
(If you have a baby that is older than 1 year that is not considered a newborn and I've got a few things up my sleeve that have helped my littles go to bed at a consistent time every night!)

Things that help me: 
- Cut out things that are not serving you - scrolling social media, hitting the snooze button etc. 
- Automate things whenever possible - automatic bill pay, at home postal service, online grocery shopping etc.  
- When I think I would rather sleep I remind myself that 30 minutes to be able to say that I lived to my full potential without regrets is a drop in the bucket.
- This time is for me and me only and the things I accomplish in this time will impact my life and the lives of so many others, especially my family so it’s a must. 


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