7 Ways I Streamlined My Schedule for a 20-Hour Work Week

If you work less than full-time hours in your business, than you are in good company today. Five years ago, when my daughter was born, I made an intentional decision to scale back on how much I worked. Now my hours are half of what they were before, but the good news is that even on part-time hours, you can still make an impact and an income. In today’s episode, I’m sharing 7 ways I streamlined my schedule while working just 20 hours per week.

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7 Ways I Streamlined My Schedule for a 20-Hour Work Week

Raise your hand if you agree that moms who run businesses get work done! Parents are some of the most efficient people you’ll ever meet—I became a far more productive human after becoming a parent. Since having children, there are seven significant shifts I’ve made to make myself a more productive business owner while working limited hours.

1: Theme Days

The first thing to consider in increasing your productivity in work is theming out your days. While it may shift and change over time to align with your business needs, the concept remains the same.

For example, in my business right now, I’m working Monday-Wednesday and Friday. Each of those days includes morning hours at work. I decide on my themes based on my workload each week to guarantee that everything needs to get done gets done. I personally have coaching and call days on Monday and Tuesday, allowing me to create content and do deep work on Wednesday and Friday.

Another consideration is having an A week and a B week, but I’ve found that doesn’t work for me. Additionally, you should designate one or two days of the month for admin.

2: No Call Days

Similarly to theming your days, you should designate no call days. Consider days when you need to do deep work, you don’t want to interrupt your flow by taking calls on those days.

3: Content Creation Days/Blocks

The third consideration is scheduling content creation days or blocks. Your plate is already full of client work and admin work, so if you’re not dedicating time for content creation, you will struggle to create it.

4: Selling and Income Producing Activities

The next productivity hack is to focus on selling and income producing activities for your business. When you get specific and literal about where your time is going, you can determine which tasks are going to increase your revenue. You can go as far as setting reminders for specific tasks that you know you need—like promoting podcast episodes, sending email newsletters, following up with inquiries, etc. Consider the activities that draw a direct line to making money.

5: Outsourcing

Decide what things need to be done by you and what can be done by someone else—this is where delegating and outsourcing can help your workload. Back in episode 102, I shared about hiring on my own team and what the process looked like.

6: Knowing When to Wait on Projects

If you’re someone who is multi-talented and super ambitious, you may want to go after every single project and idea you have—but it’s important to know when you should wait on a project. Understanding the value of knowing your capacity means that you know that every time you add something to your plate, you need to remove something else.

7: Saying “No”  A Lot

To add to knowing when to wait on project, you also have to know when to say “no,” even to the smallest of requests. If you don’t have a ton of time in your business, you have to prioritize your workload. When you’re asked to do something, check your schedule, then consider the following:

  • Does this get me closer to my goals?
  • Does this align with the life that I’m trying to build?
  • Would the version of me in three to five years say yes to that?

3 Tools I use that help me be more productive:

I can’t share about productivity without highlighting a few productivity tools that I love.

TogglToggl allows you to track your time within your web browser. There are so many silly things we do with our time, so when you start to track your time in a tool and see a report, it will pull you out of the ruts of doing things that aren’t getting you to the next level of your business.

Time Cube – I use a time cube from Amazon to gamify my tasks. It allows for me to set a timer, get work done, then flip it for the next task—this helps me to focus on tasks, especially ones I don’t want to be working on.

HoneyBook – Lastly, I couldn’t run my business without HoneyBook! This CRM allows me to get inquiries, send proposals, schedule calls, and more—it takes the tediousness out of client communication.

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102: Ask Joy: Team Building, Delegation, & Running Multiple Brands


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