If you could wave a magic wand and create a few extra hours each week, how could use them to make a dramatic impact on your practice?
Take some training in a modality that adds a new dimension to your work?
Start that book you’ve always dreamed of writing?
Host a Meetup to connect with potential clients in an inspiring atmosphere?
It’s fun to think about it, isn’t it?
But here’s the thing …
It doesn’t have to remain a fantasy.
Here are 3 simple steps for turning 1 hour each week into multiple hours of free time.
It’s called the “Power Hour.” Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Set Your Power Hour
Designate 1 hour of uninterrupted time every week as your Power Hour.
You might do yours on Sunday mornings. But Friday afternoons work just as well.
What’s important is that you put it in your calendar — and treat it as sacred.
Step 2: Feel the Rhythm of the Week Ahead
First, make sure all your appointments are on your calendar — everything from client sessions to parent-teacher meetings.
And be sure to schedule time for self-care.
Anything that makes you more relaxed and focused is a high-impact business activity.
Once you’ve got your calendar mapped out, take a good look at it.
And simply get a feel for the week ahead.
Step 3: Tame Your To-Do List
As the leader of your own practice, creativity will always be one of your most valuable tools.
That’s why keeping a to-do list is critical — it frees up brain space when you get all those pesky little tasks out of your head.
Yet you’re not actually going to complete any of your tasks during your Power Hour.
(Resist the urge!)
Instead, you’re only going to:
- Review each one so you know what you’ll be working with.
- Prioritize the ones you’re going to do yourself in order of importance.
- Delegate or delete the rest.
And when you’re prioritizing, put income-generating tasks at the top of the list.
They’re the ones that directly impact your ability to make a healthy living.
- Things like scheduling phone consults with potential new clients.
- Attending practice-building training events.
- Reaching out to new referral partners.
- And writing blog posts that add to your credibility and expertise.
After you’ve scheduled your tasks for the week, it’s time to delegate or delete.
Want to know which ones to delegate?
If it meets any one of these 4 criteria, pass it off to someone else:
- You don’t know how to do it.
- You don’t have time to do it.
- You’re not good at doing it.
- You don’t like doing it.
Now, I get it — you might not have a team to hand tasks off to.
But moving even a few of them off your shoulders can give you a great deal of relief.
Never seem to have time to get to the grocery store for the organics you crave?
Make a deal with your husband or wife to split the shopping.
Hate doing laundry?
Pay your teenage kid to handle it. Or drop it off at a service once a week.
I work at home, but you’ll never find me deep cleaning my bathrooms.
I hire a service for that. Because I’d rather spend my time writing for you. 🙂
Finally, look at your list and see which tasks are left.
I’ll bet you dollars to gluten-free donuts, if they’ve been on your list for awhile, they’re not as important as you think.
And the longer they stay on your list?
The more they eat away at your feelings of accomplishment. And drag your energy down.
So if you can’t delegate it, delete it.
And if you just can’t bring yourself to do it?
Add it to a list of mid-range goals you only look at once month.
So, what are you waiting for?
Grab your magic wand and create 1 Power Hour each week.
You’ll free up oodles of valuable time.
And you’ll wake up Monday mornings rested and ready to heal the world.