An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Gaining ONE MORE HOUR of Productive Time Each Day Guaranteed!

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What’s the one resource you have that no amount of money will allow you to replace?  Correct!  It’s your time.

Do you leave your money lying around on your desk, or in envelopes on the hood of your car?  Of course not!  Well then why do we, as entrepreneurs, so easily allow others to steal our time, the one resource we can never replace?

I’ll be the first to admit that time management has always been a struggle for me.  It seems over the past 10 years I’ve gone from one extreme to the next while trying to gain better control of my time.

Can you relate?

I’ve tried the completely rigid schedule: get up and go to bed at the exact same time everyday, including weekends.  I’ve tried blocking out big chunks of time for various projects and activities during the day.  I’ve tried using no schedule at all, sort of the “take what comes my way” approach.

Each of the strategies I attempted had advantages and disadvantages, and I certainly gained insight about myself during each of these “experiments”.  But even after all of the various strategies I tried, I still didn’t feel like I had found the system that was right for me.

As an entrepreneur of a rapidly growing company, there are many things fighting for my attention each day.    Everything from clients, to financials, invoices, prospects, learning and other matters, all are vital to the success of Ugly Mug Marketing.  However, devoting adequate attention to all of these areas has proven to be more and more difficult as we continue to grow.

Here’s what I’m currently doing-

I received a brilliant piece of direct mail late last year from Planner Pad.  The teaser copy on the outside of the envelope read:

Now you can get at least ONE MORE HOUR of productive time each day Guaranteed!

The envelope arrived during the time that we were working on completing our Ugly Mug Marketing 2014 Vision. We were already feeling overwhelmed by how much we were going to attempt to accomplish in 2013.  So this offer couldn’t have arrived at a better time for me.

Here’s how the Planner Pad works.

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As you can see, the core of the Planner Pad system rests on the concept that you should plan your week around the “Big Rocks”, as Steven Covey called them.  The Big Rocks are simply the core things that, if accomplished, will have the most significant impact on your life and business.

This methodology really resonated well with me because our Ugly Mug Marketing 2014 Vision presents the company as pursuing goals in several core areas.  And if we are going to reach our vision, then we would need to take action on these areas on a weekly basis.

Originally, I attempted to use the following as my core categories each week:

  • Ugly Mug Marketing Projects
  • Ugly Mug Marketing Growth
  • Personal, Ideas
  • Writing
  • Family
  • Random

Over time, I discovered that having seven different categories was simply too much for me.  I have since reduced my list of categories down to three areas:

  • Ugly Mug Marketing Projects
  • Ugly Mug Marketing Growth
  • Writing

These three categories provide me with enough flexibility to fit everything under one of these categories.

I did drop both the personal and family categories from the list.  I found that I didn’t use my Planner Pad for scheduling or tracking activities in either of these categories.  At some point in the future I’m going to add them back in and experiment with it again…but not for now.

The Outcome?

Since starting using my Planner Pad, I’m happy to report that a week hasn’t passed that I haven’t used it.  That does not mean that I have kept my schedule each week, or that I haven’t had some weeks that my schedule was mostly ignored.  But overall, I’m much more focused and on track when using my Planner Pad.

Conclusion

As an entrepreneur, you can relate to the importance of managing your irreplaceable time in a responsible manner.  Like me, you have reached this point by making wise choices with regard to your company.  As your business grows, it becomes extremely important to manage your time, which can affect everything from your personal life, creativity and even your financial bottom line.

I have personally utilized the Planner Plan system and can say that I have seen its beneficial results in my own business.  Gaining one more hour of productive time each day is possible, but only if you plan on making it happen.  If you have questions about my experience with the system, how it might work for your business, or any other comments, please leave them below.

 
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Likes, Shares, & Comments WON'T Put Money In Your Bank Account.

In Our Free Course:

Crush It On Facebook In 30-Days Or Less

You'll Discover:

A Simple Facebook Strategy We Used To Take a Client From Losing $10k Each Month To Making Thousands...In Only 86 Days.

The 3-Step Formula We Used To Increase Another Client's Sales By Over $9,000 per Month (and they're spending less than $400 per month on Facebook Ads)

We'll Also Share Our "24-Hour Audience Identifier Campaign"

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