She was just sitting there, reading a book.
In her office. In the middle of the day.
The first time I saw that, I was startled. Didn’t she have a client? A phone call to return? Paperwork to file? Something to do?
Not really. Because of where she was at that point in her practice, she didn’t stress much over other things. So when she found a free hour due to a cancellation or a rare no-show, she used that time to catch up on her latest novel.
I was astonished. How in the world does someone have time in the middle of the work day to read a dang book? For pleasure no less!
Apparently, it wasn’t that hard! :)
What that showed me was that there are many ways to use a suddenly free hour, and that it’s worth it to think about what’s best for you.
If you run a business that centers heavily on client appointments, you likely run into this from time to time.
For some of you, that suddenly free hour may be frustrating – especially if it means a loss of income you were counting on.
For others, that suddenly free hour may be an excuse to blow off time, take a nap, wander through Facebook for a while.
What matters most is that you are intentional about your choice. If you’re going to blow off time, do it on purpose. Consciously and deliberately.
Because that free hour is found time, and you can use that in a lot of great ways.
Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Working IN Your Business
Working ON Your Business
Taking Care of the BOSS
And of course, I could go on and on.
“Found time” doesn’t have to be when you have a client cancellation. It can be when you’re waiting to pick up the kids at school, when lunch plans fall through, or when you’re stuck at home in the snow.
I find that the best, most productive days at my desk are when I am super clear about what is most important to me on any given day. Then, when I have “found time”, I don’t waste it with indecision.
You’re busy. You have a lot to do, and all three areas I laid out above are equally important.
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