Hyperfocus time (empty time)
What I don't have right now is gobs of unstructured time. This is a good thing, in that I tend to be more on-task, on-point, and generally productive that way. But when I didn't know why I wasn't getting the changes to my website made (migrating it over to a typepad platform so I can then edit it much more easily) I realized this was the missing ingredient.
I loved working on my coaching website when I first put it together- that was more than five years ago. I hacked it together using some (overly) powerful webauthoring/design software, figuring out how to make it work as I went. It was a lovely process, because I really had to think about what kind of look, feel, and content felt right to me. Because the fit between client and coach is key in coaching, this is important. A site that feels like me and how I want to portray myself and my business will tend to attract the people who fit me as a coach better. That is in fact what I found after I put it together.
But how did I do this? Hyperfocus. I delved in and let myself muck about with it for several days. I simply don't have that time with two small children. I have time right now when the toddler is at daycare- and some time when both are cared for- but most of the latter is resolved for actual client appointments. Of the former, my time with just the baby, I can't release my focus into the wilds of a big computer-based project as baby needs me regularly.
What other kinds of projects lend themselves to big blocks of protected time? For me, things like organizing files or cabinets. Or other spaces for that matter. Or computer files or email. Once my mind is in it, I can go for a long time- using my hyperfocus. But to do that I need empty time.