How focus and structure can help with productivity

Have you ever looked up and wondered where the day went? Or the week, or the month, or the year? You know you were busy, but you can’t identify exactly what you were busy doing.

I have found that being truly productive requires a structured system. When I started my coaching business, I knew that there were more tasks on my “to-do” list than time available to complete them. To complicate matters even more, I started my business while working full-time.

I found that I needed a simple calendar that kept me focused, on-track, and accountable. I used a “15-hour-a-week,” method recommended by Dan Miller, New York Times best-selling Author of 48-Days to the Work You Love. Based on Dan’s suggestion, I divided my work into categories such as marketing, client sessions, product development and education. Then plugged them into a time slot on various days of the week.

I’ve coached numerous clients who are in a similar position and trying to start a side business while working full-time. This has been a tremendous tool for them as well. Below is a sample schedule that I hope you find useful.

 

Another tool that has been unbelievably effective for my clients is my personal project tracker that, until now, I have given only to my paid clients. But if you would like a copy, email me now at Marianne@MarianneRenner.com, and I’ll be happy to send it to you.

 


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