three simple ways to make time to work ON your business

You’ve heard how important it is to work ON your business, and you recognize that time spent on big picture projects, new offerings, products and services will help your business grow to the next level.

And yet, you can’t seem to find time to make it happen. 

Instead, you spend long days running the day-to-day in your business. You’re buried by email. Social media sucks you in, then sucks up half your day. Client work or product fulfillment fills most of your calendar; administrative tasks eat up the rest. 

Before you know it, you’ve gone another week without working on your business.

Now I know it’s not for lack of wanting – the intention and desire is there. I think the real reason busy business owners like you fail to work ON your business is pretty simple. You just don’t know how to find the time. 

More specifically, you don’t have a good strategy in place that will help you make time to consistently work on your business. 

We’re going to fix that because today I’m sharing three strategies you can adopt right now to help you make time to work on your business. All you have to do is decide which one is right for you, plug it into your calendar and commit to trying it out. 

Here are your three options:

Make it a daily practice. Schedule a small amount of time (usually 30 to 60 minutes) every day that will allow you to chip away at big picture projects one step at a time. You could do it first thing in the morning before checking email. You could dedicate 30 minutes after lunch to working on your own business. Or you could decide that you’ll spend the last hour of every working day focused on big picture work. The key here is to make this a daily habit so you’ll see progress over time. 

Block of time each week. Take a look at your schedule and determine where you could allot 2 or 3 hours to work ON your business each week. Many of my clients feel like Mondaymornings or Friday afternoons are good times to do this because they tend to be a little slower than other days in their business. 

Take yourself on a solo business retreat. Sometimes the best way to make time to work on your business is to remove yourself from day-to-day distractions. A solo business retreat accomplishes this and creates space for big picture thinking and planning. You might decide that you’d like to do a retreat each month or go on a longer quarterly retreat. Give yourself at least 24 hours, and make sure that you only work on your own projects during that time.

These are three of my favorite ways to create space to work on your business – and I share all three because I want you to know that there isn’t a better way to do this, just a way that’s going to work best for you.

So pick the strategy that fits you best, plug it into your calendar and give it a try. Because at the end of this month, I want you to be able to say yes, I did make time to work on my business.

Can you imagine how good that would feel?

With love,

Ashley

P.S. When Kate Crocco invited me on her podcast to talk about a limiting belief that held me back in my business, I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to share. Scratch that - I knew I had to talk about how I used to believe that you cannot be a successful business owner and remain humble at the same time. If you want to hear more about how this lie held me back - and learn what I did to overcome it - you can check out the interview here