I wish I had more time...
The number one complaint I hear as a mentor (and as a person in general); I don't have enough time.
Time is the most precious resource, even more so than money. You can get money back, you can't get time back.
Instead of complaining that we don't have enough time, let's come up with solutions to make the most of the time that we do have.
First step: eliminate time sucks.
Write down the things that you do that are a waste of time. Examples:
- aimlessly scrolling on social
- watching TV
- grocery shopping
- cleaning the house
- hitting snooze
You might be thinking grocery shopping and cleaning? But those have to get done. Okay, but do they have to be done by you or can you delegate these tasks. If you, like me, take on wayyyy too many tasks for yourself, it's time to pull in the troops. Significant others, children, friends, family, hired help, etc. they can all help with some of these tedious tasks. You have to think of the value of your time. Is it worth your time to be scrubbing a toilet, or can you ask for help or hire help so you can be building up your long term wealth (aka working ON your business). In the time that I send out one educational email about hair extensions and gain a sale on hair extensions, that nearly pays for my housekeeper to visit TWICE!
Groceries. Grocery shopping is actually fun to me, so sometimes I do like to get out and do this. Sometimes though, it is more important, or more valuable for me to get work done than to waste an hour walking the isles grabbing more things than we probably need. Instead, I can put in an online order of the necessities, because EVERYONE delivers now and in that same hour, I can be getting work done AND getting grocery shopping done. #winning
While you're in a season of building, growing or scaling a business, you might have to spend your time differently. That might mean giving up TV or getting off social media (personal use). Take a good look at what you want to accomplish in this season and what that means for your time.
Step two: get intentional with your time.
- be where your feet are planted
- focus on one task at a time
- eliminate distractions
- deligate tasks
If you're with your family, be with your family. If it is your working hours, make sure everyone is aware and on board. Eliminate any and all distractions and focus in on one task at a time.
Step three: get up earlier or stay up later.
Determine whether you get your best work done in the early morning hours or late at night after you have put everyone to bed. This way you're not taking away from anyone else's time spent with you.
Step four: establish working hours and office hours.
Within your working hours, determine what hours you are working with clients and what hours you are working ON your business. You will never move forward from where you are now if you do not dedicate time to working ON your business. (Read that last sentence again!) Schedule your working hours and office hours in your calendar like they are appointments with yourself and stick to them.
Building, growing and scaling a business takes time, dedication, consistency and sometimes a little sacrifice. How bad do you want it? If you want it bad enough, you will find a way. If you don't, you'll come up with excuses. I hope you take the first road and pursue your dreams.
For me, in 2018, I gave up watching TV, I woke up early and really focused on building a business and by 2019, I saw insane results from my efforts. I want the same for you!
This isn't to say that you can't have a life outside of work. In 2018 (and today), I still had plenty of time for myself, my family, travels, etc. I just got up a little earlier and stopped binge watching "The Real Housewives" and "The Bachelor." If I can do it, you can too. I believe in you!
Now stop reading this and go build a life you love!