In this article, Carrie Wilkerson from The Barefoot Executive suggests that working 1 hour a day can create significant progress in your business. Part-time entrepreneurs can often be subject to all or nothing thinking. “If I don’t have 7 hours a day,” we think, “I can’t accomplish anything.” The problem with that sort of thinking is that it limits our thinking of what we can do with small amounts of time.
Carrie’s article suggests that you find an hour a day to get productive work done. Not editing, not research, or reading articles – just raw productive work that will move your business forward. Carrie calls this work the “What have you been putting off? What are you late on delivering? What is nagging at you? What are you scared of?”
These tasks could be:
- Writing a proposal
- Writing a business plan
- Writing an introductory email
- Writing a white paper or brochure
- Making phone calls
- Introducing yourself to an influential person
Warning: your body will fight you. The minute you sit down for an hour, Carrie says, you’ll get hungry, need to check your email, and figure out how to clean the grout under your fridge (my addition). Ignore it. Get to work. The feeling will pass once you start to seriously work.
And if you need to find that one hour, consider waking up earlier. Leo Barbuta from Zen Habits presents these tips on how to wake up early:
1. Don’t make drastic changes – wake up 15 minutes earlier each time, until you hit your goal of an hour earlier.
2. Go to bed earlier – you’ll likely be more productive in the morning than late at night
3. Have a good reason for getting up. If you’re doing something important, you’re more likely to get up. So, make your productive work a priority.
You can read more here at Zen Habits.