I received a good question in an email this week and thought many of you may benefit from an answer. The question was, â€œHow can you grow, build your business when you work, need to spend time with the kids, etc.â€
Iâ€™m going to tell you what I think, I hope youâ€™ll be able to use that and come up with your own plan.
Time Management 101
First of all I do have some experience. When I first started my business I worked 3 or 4 12 hour shifts a week at a hospital, and went to school (3 evenings a week), and ran my business.
Goals â€“ you need to keep the end in mind. Times will get hard and youâ€™ll feel like giving up or throwing in the towel. If you have concrete goals, it will help you tremendously.
Beware of distractions â€“
Distractions are numerous. Each person is different, find yours and then get rid of it. Some examples of distractions: social media, television, are two of the worst. An easy way to solve both those problems is to block your social media from your computer and donâ€™t sit anywhere close to a television.
Make your time count â€“
I did this in weekly segments.
- List things you have to do â€“ show up for a tutor session, interview a potential employee.
- List things you need to do â€“ what you need to do, but not necessarily this week.
- Things you would like to do â€“ what you would do if you had more time.
In each of those segments â€“ make sure you have at least one item each day for work, business, and family.
For me an example would be â€“
Have to do â€“ go to work, client work, read to Haley
Need â€“ Job take class to finish degree, get new client, family game night
Want â€“ Job (quit), create a new product, teach my daughter how to read
One thing I learned to do during this time was how to delegate. I did not like it at all, but I learned to do it and taught my wife how to do some work for me (and she still does).
More good tips can be found here – http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/time-management/wl00048
Inspiration – Â Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.
ToolÂ of the Week â€“ many time management tools are on this page – http://www.mindtools.com/pages/main/newMN_HTE.htm#
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