Dave Lukas Chats with Kris Ward
171: Win the Hour, Win the Day with Kris Ward
This week’s Misfit Entrepreneur is Kris Ward. Kris is an entrepreneur and founder of Shadowblast, a leading marketing agency in Canada. She is the author of the best-selling book and philosophy - Win the Hour, Win the Day. The systems Kris has developed and teaches help entrepreneurs not only better grow and run their businesses, but flourish in their personal life as well.
These systems were proven and put to the test when Kris went through a very tragic time in her life. You see, Kris is a widow. Her business was thriving and she had a wonderful life with the love of her life until her husband, John, passed away from cancer. The diagnosis came out of nowhere and was grim. Kris was determined to make the time they had left together the best she could. So she put work aside and immersed herself into John and making their last moments together the best she could. It was during this time, that her systems around Winning the Hour and Winning the Day were put to the test.
As Kris says, “My team did an excellent job following what we had put into place and I am forever grateful for them. They followed our best practices and the business ran smoothly without any issues.” Clients didn’t even know she was absent.
It’s these principles that I am excited for Kris to share with you in this episode to teach you how to go from overwhelmed and overworked to thriving on your terms in life and business.
Podcast: NOW Your Business
Kris was in business for over 4 years in her marketing agency when she found herself being overworked and had to find a way to make things easier. Her husband, John was her biggest fan and supporter, but she felt like she was letting him down with the time she was spending away.
She had always pushed back in “time management” because she was highly productive and did a lot more in a day than most people did. But she made the decision to really study how she could do even more with less and started to put some strategies in place. As Kris says, “It’s strategy vs. systems.”
And she did it. She went from working around the clock to working about 6-7 hours a day. It was just a couple years later that John was diagnosed with cancer. Just the doctor’s visits, chemo, etc. alone was time consuming, not to mention the emotional toil it took. Kris made the decision not to waste their time. They traveled and did a bunch of things together to make the most of their time and because of the strategies and systems of Win the Hour, Win the Day, she was able to work only 2-3 hours per week – for 2 years. And her business still thrived.
Her clients were shocked when they found out. They didn’t even know she was out and began to ask questions about how she was able to do it.
So Kris started helping people find “time empowerment.” She got rid of 80% of their “to do list” and 100% of their guilt.
“So many of us think that grinding it out is part of the entrepreneur journey when it’s not. Your passion and your work should support your life, not consume it.”
What’s the most important lesson you learned about life from your husband and going through what you went through together?
What mind shift must happen to take back control of your time?
What is the issue people don’t see? Where do they falter?
At the 14 min mark, Kris gives a great example of how we fight for our limitations instead of removing them…
Tell us about Win the Hour, Win the Day, and the Freedom Formula
At the 20 min mark, Kris shares the truth about “to do” lists…
What is the right way to plan to be productive?
At the 26-minute mark, Kris shares her thoughts on times of day we are more productive…
What is the #1 thing people can do starting right now to make the biggest difference in their productivity?
Top tips on how to market a product or service?
At the 41 minute mark, Kris talks about howto better automate your business and have it run for you.
What is something you think every entrepreneur should know?
So many of us think that grinding it out is part of the entrepreneur journey when it’s not. Your passion and your work should support your life, not consume it.
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