Coaching By the Clock

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Tick. Tick. Tick. That’s the sound of your busy day getting away from you.

But it doesn’t have to.

The key is balancing your family life and social life with your business. So where do you find the time? Keep in mind, even the busiest people can find 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or an hour to be more productive. Here are some creative ways to put time on your side:

15 minutes

Between working 9 to 5, taking the kids to school, and your INSANITY® sweat session, you’ve got a full plate of activities. But odds are, you have 15 minutes to spare before turning in for the night. And any minutes are better than no minutes at all.

Let’s take a look at what you could accomplish in just a quarter of an hour.

  • Following through in life and business is not overrated. In 15 minutes you could call or email at least 5 new customers. Make it a contest to see how many people you can contact.
  • Search for five people to add to your invite list. – In 15 minutes, that should be easier than you can say ‘push play.’
  • Strike up a quick conversation with someone from your invite list. Reach out via Facebook, phone or email. Just remember to make it short, sweet and genuine.
“I focus on social media, but I use a timer. As a tool, Facebook has the greatest potential for your business, but can also be the greatest time suck. So if I set a timer for 15 minutes, I stay on track and limit distractions.”
– Stephanie Richardson, 5 Star Diamond Coach, 2012 Elite Coach

Time trick
Still think you don’t have 15 minutes? Re-evaluate your day and we bet you’ll find some of the same time wasters popping up. Here are some common examples: extraneous Facebook creeping, junky TV watching,—even hitting the ‘Snooze’ button twice. Hey that’s 45 extra minutes right there!

30 minutes

If used correctly, thirty minutes can end up saving you hours. How? Use a spare 30 minutes, waiting for a doctor appointment or your kid’s dance recital, to make a plan. Seems counterintuitive, but if you spend just 30 minutes one day a week planning out your up-coming week, you won’t find yourself getting coffee three times a day, or walking your dog twice while you figure out what to do first.

“And don’t forget about your business activity tracker,” says Senior Director of Training and Field Development, Denise Needham. “It’s a great way to spend 10 minutes to close out your day and then 30 minutes to plan next week’s goals. You can easily find it in the Coach Online Office.”

“30 minutes of working on Personal Development will give you the biggest bang for your buck (time). Your business growth will always be a direct reflection of your personal growth.”
– Julie Schulte, 11 Star Diamond Coach, 2012 Elite Coach

Time trick
The work commute for the average American is 26 minutes one-way. That’s almost half an hour you can spend making Coach calls (hands free of course), or listening to Personal Development podcasts or audio recordings. So get driving—and get productive!

1 hour

This business is not about business, it’s about relationships. So spend a precious hour forging new connections and fostering old ones. Taking a struggling Coach out to lunch, or setting up a Skype date with a cross-country connection is a great way to strengthen your network.

But which relationships should you take on first? Take deep breath and back up. Spend an hour evaluating your team’s strengths and weaknesses. You’ll see which relationships could benefit from a little extra care and discover your priorities in the process – win, win!

“Here’s a little peek at my daily recurring tasks, which usually total an hour: I reach out to our Challenge Groups, new customers, new Coaches, and answer incoming emails from customers or Coaches on our Team. I also send out thank you emails and thank you notes. After all, a little personal touch goes a long way!”
– Kelly Nelson, 2 Star Diamond Coach

Time trick
Finding a free hour can sometimes be a bit more challenging; but setting the alarm an hour earlier to rise and shine might just do the trick. In other words, beat your distractions to the punch!