Recently I read a blog called, How Changing Just 1% of Your Day Could Completely Transform Your Life. That’s a tall order. But I was intrigued. It started out with the idea that we all have one thing in common, we have 1,440 minutes in each day. It’s how we spend them, that’s the difference in our success or lack of. This got me really interested.
It seemed so simple, just 15 minutes is 1% of your day. We all talk about being busy. Every time I ask someone, “How you doing?”, Nine times out of 10 they respond, “Busy”. Even I’m guilty. I say, “Good busy”, running kids to school, soccer, volleyball, practice, friend’s houses, not to mention “work busy”.
The list will always go on. And while that is fun busy, it is busy, by choice.
For business this mindset works too. Changing just 1% of your day to spending your time working revenue generating activities will in essence increase revenue. Removing one bad habit, like searching on social media during the day, to spending those 15 minutes on revenue-generating activities is a big shift and how you spend your time and will give you the boost you need to feel productive and keep you moving forward.
Think about it, what if we took just 1% of our day to do something we put off because we were too busy? For me it was working out and reading. When I read, I never wanted to stop. When I finally would work out, I would love how I feel, heck, sometimes for days! Yet I don’t make time to do them every day. It was one of my goals for 2018 to work out and read more, and while I’m not where I want to be, I’m closer and slowly adding them into each day.
There are a lot of things you can do in business to use your 1%. Make additional phone calls or send emails to follow up with clients to make sure they’re happy with you. You could see if there’s anything additionally could do to assist them, find additional needs and perhaps resolve them with your services.
Set aside 15 minutes a day to train staff and continue to educate your team. This can go a long way for employment moral as well as over time teaching new skill that they can offer your customers as well. For me and my business, the goal for 2018 is to work even more efficiently and focus a large portion of our efforts towards revenue-generating activities. This is not only a mindset change, but our rate of productivity has increased as well and how we spend our time during the day.
I mentioned all those kids activities earlier, that pulls me away from work in the evenings which doesn’t allow me to work much past 5. Yes I have my phone, yes I can still respond to emails that necessary, but to get into the overall thinking and processing in marketing strategy for clients, that has to happen during the day. And you sure bet that I protect my time during the day so that I can still deliver a top quality product to our clients and communicate those needs effectively to our team.
Look at your big goals. Are you still on track? I’ve always felt it’s easy to make goals, but it’s way harder to achieve them especially if no one is holding you accountable.
So take action and block out your 15 minutes in the morning to read, meditate, write, work out, call someone you haven’t talked to in a while, whatever you want!
I started using my 15 minutes a day for a few different things, things I have been putting off but needed to get them done.
How will you spend your 1%?