I believe that every entrepreneur needs to have some dedicated focus time in their business to be able to grow it whether growing it for you means getting more clients and making more money or if it means leveraging it and multiplying it by leaps and bounds. You need to create some focus time in your business to make that happen.

When I say to people, “Try to create at least four hours per day for marketing or growth or development,” I hear lots of shrieks, “Ah, how can I do that? I’m so busy.”

Not only is someone busy in their work life, but also in their personal life especially when we’re starting out because many people who are starting out are starting out by working from home. I have some very, very specific strategies as to how I have, in the past when I’ve worked from home and now even when I work in an office, I still need time to clear the decks and create focus. In fact, one of my favorite mantras that I’ve had for many, many years is, “A strong focus now creates a different future later.” I want you t write that down. A strong focus now creates a different future later. So, how do you create focus time in your life?

Well, as you know, in your business it’s about delegating and getting other people to do things for you that you’re not that good at doing or that at this point should be done by somebody else, but what about all that extra time that is taken up in your life? I want to talk to you about non-work related busyness that happens that actually eats into your work-related focus time. That is the time that it takes to run your life.

I’m a busy mom of three and if it were just even me, there’s so much that I need to do outside of work to keep things going, but with a house and a husband and three kids and lots going on it would be easy for me to use my work time to do these extra-curricular things.

Here are some of the things that I have systematized so that I no longer do, which creates more focus time in my day where when I’m in my day, my work day I only do work stuff that’s going to bring in clients and more opportunities and more revenue.

Some of the things that I would like for you to consider as personal time wasters are the things that you have to do, but don’t necessarily need to be done by you. I want you to think about grocery delivery. A lot of people go to the grocery store two or three times a week and they don’t really have to because there are such things in some areas as grocery delivery. That’s one of the things that we do.

There are the online drug stores. Why run off to CVS or something like that when you can order it online? Thinking about dry cleaning, a lot of companies, a lot of dry cleaners will do pick up and drop off. Consider doing that so you save the time that it takes to schlep over there. You’re house cleaning, you shouldn’t be doing your house cleaning by yourself if you can afford it. Sometimes people will charge as little as $50 to $100 to clean your house once a week or maybe once every two weeks. There’s always the drop off of laundry.

For many, many years I dropped off the laundry because I thought, “Well, for about 10 bucks, 12 bucks they can do my entire laundry, match my socks and fold everything so that I don’t have to do it again.”

Then there’s online baking. Instead of going to the bank you do everything online. Especially if you pay your bills online and you use credit cards to pay for a lot of your business expenses and of course you’re going to want a business card for business and a personal card for personal. If you put it all on one card that means you only have one thing to pay or two credit cards to pay off.

I know some of you might be thinking, “Yeah, that’s fine when you’re established in your business.” I started off where most people start off which is to not have a lot of money and everything was a shoestring budget, but I looked at, “Okay what if I could just have somebody for $12 once a week do all of my laundry and fold it and it would be all there just ready for me to put into the drawers. How much time would I have saved for myself?” That’s about three hours and it’s not that you sit on your sofa eating bon-bons while all these other people are doing this.

You use that time to get more clients and make more money by applying more of these client-attraction strategies. So, imagine the more time you create in your day by delegating some of your personal stuff or systematizing it or doing it online instead of going to an actual store, the more time you create for marketing in your day so that between the hours of let’s say 8:30 and 5:30 you are really only doing all work. I’m not saying that you can run out and have people clean your house and do your food and everything for you, but just start with one very little thing.

Use that time that you saved to do more of the focus on growing your business. It will transform not only how you live your everyday life, but it will transform the time that you create that you don’t have to run off doing errands.

That is your assignment for the week. What are the time wasters in your day, in your personal life, that are eating up your business time? Write these down and start thinking about how you could do some of these things online or have them done by somebody else, somebody that you could hire at 10 bucks an hour to run a few errands for you so you don’t have to.

Then reapply and reinvest that time back into your business so you get more clients, make more money and multiply your business.

Author's Bio: 

Fabienne Fredrickson is founder of ClientAttraction.com, ranked on the Inc. 500/5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies in 2011. ClientAttraction.com is devoted to teaching entrepreneurs around the world how to consistently attract ideal, high-paying clients, put their marketing on autopilot, shift their mindset towards abundance and take a no-excuses approach to creating a highly successful and meaningful business, while working less. Through her workshops, courses, coaching programs, and products, Fabienne shows her students how to go from 5-figures to 6-figures in their business and then from 6-figures to 7-figures, while experiencing freedom and creating an abundant life they love.

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