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Free Up 10 Hours Per Week and Get More Done In Less Time

Time and money are the two common obstacles CEOs report are stopping them from fully embracing the Hands-Off CEO framework. There is a gap between where they should spend their time and how they spend it.

We might have endless tasks, each competing for our attention. This constant loop often leaves us feeling overwhelmed, strained, and less productive. But what if there was a way to streamline our approach to productivity? A better way to get more done in less time?

Freeing time and closing that gap creates space in your calendar to focus on new-level growth.

This is the guide to reclaim at least 10 hours weekly in the next seven to ten days. You can then invest that time into focused work on the business, accelerating profits. Or maybe that’s just time you want back for your family and personal projects. Either way, you win.

consulting agency founder discovering how to Get More Done In Less Time with hands-off ceo

What drives your day?

Most CEOs are too busy to take full advantage of growth opportunities. The company is stuck in a cycle of being reactively “busy, busy” because the CEO is too stuck working in the business. Many CEOs do not even have control over their own calendar.

They badly need support to get some relief from the business and unlock the growth they know is there. But their calendars are so backed up that it takes weeks to get something scheduled. These are often the same CEOs who haven’t had a real unplugged vacation in years.

CEOs who don’t have control over their time tend to become the major obstacle and bottleneck to business growth. 

What’s possible when you focus on the right things?

An agency we partnered with had great services, but the owner found himself stressed out being too involved in the day-to-day.

He was reluctant to grow too fast, fearing things would get worse because they didn’t have the right team. Focusing his time on the right things allowed him to hire an operator to free him up for growth. He repositioned their offers to attract exceptional new clients. That gave them the cash flow to hire the right people to fix some of the root issues that kept the owners deeply involved in delivery.

With the right pieces in place, they generated over $1 million of new revenue in just six months. The CEO now sees a simple path to growing the firm to $20 million in annual revenue.

We see big shifts like this all the time. You must focus on the most important activities if you want to lead growth in your business without working harder and harder.

Get More Done In Less Time

1. Find your peak time and put growth first

Most people’s peak time is between 6:00 AM and 11:00 AM. These are commonly a person’s best hours for focus.

One marketing agency executive started her day an hour earlier and blocked off the next 2 hours for uninterrupted, focused work. She recovered 15 productive hours per week or 60 per month. Half of the time, she invested in business growth, and the other half, having fun with her husband.

That is the Power Hour. It can be a 1-2 hour block for uninterrupted focus time to maximize flow state. 1 hour per day = 2X productivity = 5 hours per week

2. Let go of the biggest time & energy sucks.

The Work Elimination Matrix is one of several tools we use to help companies grow beyond bottlenecks. In every business, there are bottlenecks to growth. How do you find these bottlenecks? You measure, then eliminate, automate, or delegate.

Work elimination matrix

Not your focus? Eliminate, Automate, Delegate, and Consolidate.


3. Automate repetitive tasks

Implementing technology to automate repetitive jobs can help be more efficient. It means getting more done without an increase in resources.

Creating the conditions for success

Ten hours per week is the minimum you need to focus work on the business to generate the right kind of growth. With that time, we help CEOs refine their model and positioning to attract clients who’ll happily pay 300% higher fees. 

We help their teams implement their Scalability Roadmap to remove the CEO from delivery and management duties. Then, finally, we help them fill that extra capacity, scaling sales and creating a sales department so that the business can run and grow without the CEO.

This doesn’t all happen overnight. But it’s a very profitable journey where they immediately see results and dividends. 

Would you like to see what this journey might look like for your situation? Book a complimentary Scalable Growth Session with our team.


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Mandi Ellefson

Mandi Ellefson

Mandi Ellefson helps service businesses with the tricky task of becoming scalable. Her passion is helping freedom seeking entrepreneurs scale the better way– for success in their business and in the rest of their life. Out of a decade+ experience and testing as a business manager, and then building and selling a design business, Mandi has created a system that is responsible for generating tens of thousands of dollars of new revenue for businesses she's worked with.

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