How To Make Time To Start A Home Based Business
So at this point, you’ve decided you want to start your own business from home. You’ve weighed your options and considered several ideas. You’ve done your research and your due diligence, and have settled on something that excites you, offers a solid opportunity, and have a way (or a way to learn) how to market it. So far so good. However, if you’re like most people and starting this out on the side of a current job, you may be asking, ‘How am I going to find the time?’ You have work, the gym, time with your family, your commute, your kids, cooking, eating, watching TV, and the rest of your life to plan around somehow. Life sure does feel full and hectic as it is, so how can you squeeze something more in? You need to ask yourself, ‘How important is this to me?’ I’m going to offer you some very simple, and very effective, ways to make time – but you will be faced with the task of identifying your priorities and making sacrifices.
How important is to you to watch 2 hours of TV every night before bed? How important is it to you to go to Happy Hour three times a week? How important is ‘Girls Night Out’? How important is ‘Guys Night Out’? How important is ‘fill in the blank’? You get the idea. There are a lot of hobbies and activities that have become routine parts of our daily lives, and the average person is resistant to their routine being disrupted. Just be aware that you’re mind is going to resist. Your mind will freak out at the idea of missing an episode of your favorite sitcom or TV drama because ‘then I won’t know what happens!!’ Time to prioritize. If you’re starting a business because you want something more out of life, be it freedom, travel, money security, excitement – well then you need to realize that comes with sacrifice.
For most people, TV shows and happy hour and vacations are plugged into their life to fill in the gaps, so they don’t have to confront the monotony, boredom, and lack of fulfillment in their lives. I don’t need to tell you this. You don’t need TV, and you don’t need a lot of the habits and routines you’re into. Start out by spending a full week writing down everything you do – from the time you rise, till the time you sleep. One full week. After that week is over, look over your list of activities and mark the ones that you absolutely cannot stop doing (work, exercise, time with family). Then be honest and look at the ones that are taking up time unnecessarily (TV, window shopping, etc). For most people, this simple task will free up a lot of time. At this point, you should be left with mainly the bare essentials. What you need to do now is manage them properly.
The average person may feel that they have a hectic schedule with no room to breathe, but in reality, a hectic schedule does not mean they are busy or short on time. It just means their time is managed poorly and there is no flow to it. Look at that same schedule you tracked and notice what is consistent and what is helter-skelter. Are you going to the gym the same time every day, or different times? Utilize your mornings and wake up a little earlier. Do your reading, studying, or workout in the morning before going to work, or during your lunch break. This will free up a nice chunk of time for you in the afternoon and evening. Are your errands taking you from one end of town to the other and back? Or are you planning them out so you’re doing them in the least time possible? As you plan your time going forward, make sure it flows and has a rhythm. Respect your time, and respect your money as your business grows. This next tip can apply to any aspect of life – your job or your business. As you do your work, take time before hand to visualize the end result.
Then work your way back seeing everything that needs to be done along the way to complete the project. After you’ve done that, you’ll know exactly what needs to be done and how to do it. Write it down – phone calls, letters, copying, mailing letters, reading, meetings, etc. If you have more then one project/assignment going on, do this for each of them. Then combine all the identical physical movements, regardless of project. For example, all the phone calls (regardless of project) get grouped together. All the letter writing, all the copying, all the reading, go together, etc. You then plan your day according to the physical movement. Schedule a block of time for phone calls (1 hour, for example). For one hour, you make all the phone calls you have listed.
When the hour is up, you move onto the next thing. The next hour could be letter writing, and so on. Consider these ‘mini-days’. When one mini-day is up, move onto the next immediately. Make sure each mini-day is made up of tasks with the same physical movement. Trying to make phone calls while writing up a letter or report will not flow. You will not get into a rhythm. Multi-tasking is overrated, and tends to just make things take longer. I’ll write a more detailed article on the idea of ‘mini-days’ based on physical movements in the future.
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