Episode 53 | Are you a Messy “Putter-Offer”?In this episode of the Messy Back-End of Entrepreneurship, our Expert, Dave Charbonneau, Business Growth Specialist, shares his advice for having the time to run and grow your business.
“Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
Business Growth Specialist
Help! I am running out of time. I spend so much time running my business, I don’t have time to grow my business. What do I do?
It is almost a catch 22. If you don’t grow your business you start to go backward. If you start taking time away from your current customers to grow then your level of service and quality goes down.
Identify Your Productivity Type
First, identify your productivity type. There are four types: sooner, hipsters, chunkers, and sneakers.
Sooners are always waiting for some event to grow their business or take their next step. Don’t be a sooner – just start!
Hipsters are don’t have a to-do list. They are just shooting from the hip. Hipsters are good at getting a lot done very quickly. They tend to grow quickly and grow to the point where they no longer have time to grow.
Chunkers are the most successful productivity type over the long haul. They will take an hour, day or more to do a project. They use chunks of time to complete projects.
Sneakers are excited to have five minutes to sneak in a quit e-mail or add to a project. They can get off on the wrong tasks and end up not being very productive.
The key is 15 minutes a day to grow your business.
If you are struggling to find the time, you may need to get up 15 minutes earlier each day. Find and commit to 15 minutes a day where you are doing nothing but growth tasks. Become a sneaker and sneak in at least 15 minutes each day.
Check out Mel Robbin’s book, The 5 Second Rule, that talks about productive and destructive procrastination.
Find out what you are doing that is keeping you from being productive and then sneaking in those 15 seconds.