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How To Free Up 60+ Minutes A Day To Build Your Business

One of the hottest commodities for conscious entrepreneurs is TIME.  It’s all too easy to let a perceived lack of time become an obstacle that stops you dead in your tracks.

How can you possibly build your business when it already feels like you have soooo much on your plate and not enough hours in the day?

Here’s the most important thing to understand: this is more a MINDSET issue than a TIME issue.

The reality of time is that it’s the great equalizer – we all have the same amount of it. You and I have the same amount of time in a day as the president, Oprah, and every other insanely busy person on the planet.

However, most people let their day happen to them instead of having control over their day. And if you continue to do that, nothing will change for you.

So first and foremost, you need two critical Feminine Leader mindsets:

1. Building my business is a mission-critical priority. Oprah is very on-mission. She’s willing to put up with some discomfort because she is doing her bigger work in the world.

2. Nobody controls my day but me. Chances are you’re spending far too much time on activities that do not produce income and that are taking care of other people. You’re letting other people dictate how your day goes – their needs, their demands and their drama.

Then you need simple practices to eliminate leaks and reclaim your time for what truly matters.

Here are 2 simple steps you can take to free up an hour or more of time each day for your business, even if you are still in a full time job:

Step 1: Take out your calendar and list all of your commitments for 7 days.

Do a “time audit” of all the leaks. Where is time going to other people’s needs, requests or dramas? Then ask yourself this magic question: what do you have to say NO to, in order to say YES to the business you really want?

For example, if you’re in a full-time job, here’s what you may have to say NO to:

• No to working on your lunch break for your boss when you could be working on your lunch break for your business OR relaxing
• No to the idea that you’re going to get fired if you you’re not working 24×7 for them
• No to any form of “I have to or I won’t get money”
• No to checking and responding to emails constantly throughout the day.
• No to doing everything for everyone else before you do for you.

Step 2: Clear the decks.

Make a list of the distractions, interruptions and time stealers you identified and begin to implement boundaries. This may look like unsubscribing to mailing lists you never read, cutting the time you spend on social media or watching TV in half, even pulling back from relationships that drain you.

You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to reclaim an hour or more per day just by setting boundaries. This may be a little uncomfortable at first, but this is about creating YOUR reality. Remember… mission-critical.

Bonus tip: If you already have team in place, let GO of email. Create a super-secret email just for your most personal inner circle, and release all the public/business email to be sorted, handled and answered by an assistant. Seriously, this can free up multiple hours per day for most entrepreneurs!

Step 3: Create a framework for your day.

Choose the days you work, choose the hours you work, and then choose what happens during those hours. Hour by hour, write out a template for yourself.

Now don’t get me wrong, there will be crunch times, but always remember that this is an investment in your future. When you have a step-by-step path and when you KNOW what you need to be focusing on and what you can let go of – all of a sudden that investment gets a LOT easier.

An added benefit is that when you embrace these mindsets and take these steps you can apply them to your life as well as your business. The things that are keeping you from creating a business you love are the same things that are chewing up the time you could be spending on enjoyable activities.

Take these steps this week and discover that you actually DO have time for your business AND for having a life!

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How To Free Up 2 Hours of Time Each Day In One Step

Itrappedf you’re like 99% of the entrepreneurs out there, you can magically create up to 2 hours of time every work day with a single step.

Are you ready for the magic? Here it is…

Let GO of email.

That’s it. That’s the secret.

Far too many women entrepreneurs give up their power, their time and their life by being at the beck and call of email. How do I know? Because I hear it all the time from my clients, and… I used to be one of them.

Trust me, Goddess, it’s no coincidence that I made my first 6-figures in the same 6-month period that I finally just said NO to the email insanity. If you want to make your next big leap in income and impact, you must get a handle on your email. Here are my 3 favorite tips for taming the email beastie:

1. Stop giving it away.

Be honest, now – how many times have you spent 45 minutes answering a client question that should have been brought to the next session? How about agonizing to get just the right words (read: so you don’t hurt their feelings) in a response to someone else’s emergency or drama? Or when a client asks you to “just have a quick peek at my website” and 2 hours later…

When you give away your time to answering client email – you’re doing exactly that: giving away your time. And you know that once you open that door… your clients are going to ask for more and more. The answer is to set a clear boundary: stop giving away email access, except for your highest level clients.

Taking this ONE action step will literally change your life. Here’s some wording you can model, taken from the invitation to one of my programs:

Priority Email Access For Quick Questions And Feedback

As a Divine Feminine Leader client, you get Elizabeth’s “super secret” email address for burning questions and quick feedback. (Responses within 48 hours, Monday through Thursday.)

Notice how this positioning of my email sets an expectation and a clear boundary, one that I can return to again if issues arise (they rarely do).

2. Create a “super secret” email address – and keep it secret.

Your super-secret email your next clear boundary. By “super secret,” I mean, ONLY for your family, close friends, team and high-end clients. Nobody else.

You can decide if you want to receive newsletters at your super-secret address. If you do, limit it to the top 5 that you read, and filter them into a folder so you can read them once a week or 5 minutes a day. Decide what works for you and stick to it. (And no Facebook notifications!)

Whenever I give my super-secret email to my clients, friends or partners, I am very clear about the rules. When someone violates them, they’re out. Yes, I’m ruthless about this. You should be too!

3. Release control.

All of the mail that comes to your “public email” – whatever you use on your newsletters, website, etc – should be sorted, handled and answered by an assistant.

(Stay with me! Keep breathing!)

Giving up email can feel complicated, but it’s really pretty simple. (Hint: this is a great place for your mind to create confusion and make it seem more overwhelming than it really is.) When you break it down, your business email will fall into these categories:

  • Potential clients
  • Current clients
  • Potential partners (invites for telesummits, speaking gigs, etc)
  • Personal
  • Testimonials / raving fans
  • Newsletters
  • Emails from programs you participate in as a client

Start by creating a simple checklist of what you want your assistant to do for each of these categories.

Yes, you’ll oversee your assistant at first, but very quickly they will learn how to respond on your behalf, leaving you free to put your focus where it belongs: income-producing activities.

3. Set a time… and a time

Respond to email at certain times each day – for example, mid-morning and late afternoon (but definitely not first thing when you wake up!). Set a timer for how long you’ll answer. This takes a bit of discipline at first, but stick with it and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you’ll begin to “keep to time…” and how much time you’ll have left over for the things that really matter.