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The Nicole Holland Show


May 22, 2019

Cailen Ascher is a Business + Lifestyle Coach who teaches women entrepreneurs how to make an abundant full-time income working part-time hours. Best known for her 3-day workweek, Cailen has been featured in Business Insider and Huffington Post and has been interviewed on Entrepreneur on Fire, She Means Business Podcast and Courage + Clarity podcasts. Her coaching and teachings have helped 1000s of women upgrade their lives and businesses and embrace the idea that full-time income income and part-time hours is not just a dream, but can be their reality. Website Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Instagram Podcast Click Here to Tweet to Cailen & Nicole What is a 3-day work week?  Have you heard of the 3-day work week yet? If not, you’re going to want in on this! The 3-day work week is a process of effective time management skills and productivity tips that essentially reduce your weekly work load without sacrificing the results that move your business forward. Cailen Ascher developed this process out of necessity after her first daughter was born four years ago. It was a personal choice and an experiment. Cailen felt, ‘I've got this new baby, I don't want to go back to working full time hours.’ What felt right for her intuitively would be to work three days and then have four days, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday off to spend with her daughter and family - a four day weekend, a three day work week. Thus the 3-day workweek was born. Cailen shares how to create this 3-day schedule for your own business and life to increase your productivity without working longer and harder. How to be more productive without working all the time At first, this 3-day work week was a bit of a gamble for Cailen. She wasn’t sure what this was going to do to her business or how to make it work long term. Despite her reservations, she stepped into it, set up her schedule, and started implementing the time management techniques and productivity strategies that she shares below. Her business was not only maintained, but actually grew and expanded to new levels she had not previously reached when working full time. How can I improve my time management and productivity skills? Do a Time Inventory First and foremost, this process is about you finding the working hours that makes sense for you -- your life, your family, your business. Cailen reminds us, “It's not about adopting exactly what I've done, cutting your your work week back just to three days, but moving in the direction of what truly serves you personally and professionally.” Under that umbrella, think of the most powerful things you can do to move in the direction of making highest and best use of your time and protecting your time. The first step in doing this is to do a time inventory. To do this, get a pen and notepad ready and set a timer for about every 60 minutes or so. Pause and take a second to jot down the task or the multiple tasks that you were doing during that time. Repeat this process for a couple days. Doing so can give you rich insight into how much time you’re wasting on things that aren’t really important, that you don’t enjoy or that you aren’t particularly good at. It can also reveal how much you’re ping ponging back and forth between tasks that could be chunked together more effectively. Once you sit with that, and do this for a few of your work days, you start to see where changes can be made. Dig even deeper and rank your tasks. Ask, does this make me money and do I enjoy it? Am I good at this? Adding in some of those questions can be extremely helpful as you re-prioritize your time and set more boundaries. Learn to Outsource Your Tasks The next step is to outsource your tasks if possible. If you're in a position where you’re able to get support from a virtual assistant, this is a great time to circle all those items that you would love to outsource. Give the things that you're not good at or don’t...