What’s the 1 Huge Result You Must Complete This Week?
If you could only complete 1 task this week what would you do?
Working One Task at a Time
If you follow any of my social media on Instagram or Facebook or Twitter, you'll notice that every Monday I ask a simple question: what's the one task you have to complete this week that will make the biggest impact on your life? That might be something you do at work, or something you do in your personal life. Then I ask even further: how long will it take, and when you're going to do it?
One of the most important misunderstandings when I talk about working a 4-Day Work Week, or when any coach talks about greater productivity or getting more results in less time, is people thinking that we're trying to come up with shortcuts so we can cheat the system.
But this isn’t about some magic trick; it’s just about understanding that there are certain things you do that are worth a lot more in terms of income and results than other things. If you can invest your time in those things, you’re going to make a bigger income, and a bigger impact.
All Time is Not Created Equal
But first we have to break out of seeing time in a linear way, where all time is created equal. The time you spend doing one task is not the same as the time you spend doing another task.
As an example, let’s say I was a dentist, but I didn’t have any assistants. I’d have to do a lot of different things: I might help clean my clients' teeth, fill cavities, and do root canals. But I'm not going to make the same amount of money doing teeth cleanings as I am when I do a root canal. A root canal is a much more difficult and specialized task, which usually means I'm going to get paid more for it.
Of course, that's not to say that as the dentist, I want people's teeth to go bad. But over time, I'm going to set up a situation where I can delegate to different team members.
I’ll have someone to focus on the administrative tasks: the billing, and making sure clients show up for their appointments. That work is worth a certain amount, which might be anywhere from $10 to $25 an hour.
Then I'm going to have people who are doing the teeth cleanings – the dental hygienists. That position might be worth let's say $50 to $80 an hour.
Finally, there's going to be the work that I do: the root canals, the cavities – the more difficult work. This work is the most valuable to the business, maybe $150 to $500 an hour.
Finding Your High-Value, High-Impact Work
This high-value work will obviously differ depending on your profession, but it’s not difficult to recognize. It’s usually going to be a challenge or a problem that's more difficult, and which requires more talent, training and skill.
As you look at this upcoming week, just try writing down the one thing that's the most important to you. If you had to skip everything else, and you were about to take off on vacation, but you get one thing done – what would that thing be? And what would it be worth to you? How long would it take, and when would you do it?
If you need help creating your 4-Day Work Week Game Plan, head to 4daygameplan.com, where you’ll find lots of helpful tools.
You can also follow us on social media, and every time this question comes up, type in your answer and start looking at what you can do every week to get that one powerful thing done. If every week you did that, you'd make huge strides. Some weeks, that important thing might be taking time off to go on vacation with your family.
If you can do one huge thing every week, it's the simplest way to plan a great year and a great life. You can plan it a week at a time, or a month at a time, or even a quarter at a time. If you plan it monthly, it’s just a case of asking yourself what 4 things are the most important to you, then doing one a week. It doesn’t have to be a very detailed plan; in fact, the more detailed it is, usually the less likely you are to do it.
So go ahead now and choose that one thing for this week. If you need any help with this, or you have any questions, please let me know.
As always, I look forward to helping you make more money in less time, doing you what you do best.
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