My Top 3 Hacks for Working Just 20 Hours Per Week

I only work 20 hours per week in my business—can you believe it? As my life has changed over the last few years, I’ve had to learn how to get more done in less hours! In this episode, I’m sharing 3 hacks that I’ve found to help with making those 20 hours even more productive and beneficial to my business!

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3 Hacks for Working Just 20 Hours Per Week

Now that things in my life have forced me to scale my business back to 20 hours per week, I want to share three hacks that have made working just 20 hours per week in my business be productive hours! A lot of stuff has to get done in my business in a given week, so here’s what has really made a big difference in being able to do that!

Themed Days and Pre-Planning My Schedule

The first thing you should do to be more productive in your business is to theme the days of your week and pre-plan your schedule. For me, I like to have each day of the week broken down by what I’m doing during those days.

Mondays – Content: creating and moving content along.
Tuesdays – Coaching Calls: 1×1 creative coaching and coaching clients
Wednesdays – Group Coaching Program (Photoboss Method)
Thursdays – Project & Admin time

The value in pre-planning this is that you can lump together similar tasks, prioritize what needs to be done and schedule out the timeline for which you’ll do it! This will generate more productivity in your business.

Having “No Call” Days

I love to create blocks where I’m not client-facing—essentially called “no call” days. This allows me to move forward in my business on my projects and tasks that I need to do! By preserving and protecting my time away from calls and client-facing work, I feel so much more in control of my time in my business.

It also allows me, as an introvert, to refuel and not be intimidated by having to turn on my extroverted self. If you’re feeling drained from your calls, implementing no-call days might be valuable for you.

Use the 4 D’s Method to Decide What’s Important

We have a thousand things to do in our business. Every project requires a number of tasks, but you only have so much time. That’s why it’s important to know what to work on, so I’ve found a method that works really well!

The Four D’s Method

You can take everything in your business and put it into one of these four blocks:

Do – What you’ll do yourself
Delegate – What you’ll hand off to someone else
Delete – What is unnecessary?
Defer – What you can do later

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