When I work with my business owner clients to implement the Whole PIE Business Management System, so that they can create more profit, impact, and enjoyment in their business, one of the first things I ask them to do is create their Stop Doing List.
Most business owners and leaders tend to operate on the brink of overwhelm. Their days are full to overflowing with duties, responsibilities, putting out fires, and contemplating their next big idea.
So it’s vitally important when implementing something new into the business owner’s life or business to first clear out the time and space required for the implementation to have a chance of success.
I tell my clients that completing my training program will require 2-3 hours per week of their time. Then I ask, given that your days are already full, where will you find the time to commit to this program so that you get the most out of it?
The answer is almost always that they need to stop doing some of the things they typically do every week.
No matter who or how busy you are, there are probably things that occupy your time every week that don’t meaningfully add value to your life or your business.
What are some of the things YOU could STOP doing to create more time in your days and weeks? Could you:
- Delegate some tasks to others to free up some of your time?
- Automate some of the tasks you currently do?
- Reduce time on social media?
- Reduce time watching Netflix?
- Reduce time (and energy) fixated on the news (which is almost always negative)?
- Get up a half hour earlier every day?
- Eliminate time spent with people who drain your energy?
- Make your lunch rather than go out for lunch?
- Avoid the drive thru coffee lines?
- Work smarter/more productively in less time?
Challenge yourself to come up with 2 or 3 things that you can stop doing over the next month, and calculate the total number of hours this will save in your weeks.
|I will STOP…||Time savings per week|
|Total hours saved per month = XX|
How are you going to spend all this time you’ve just committed to free up for yourself?