If you’re attempting to build a business while working a 9-5 you’re, spending your time wisely is of utmost importance.
Obviously, a huge chunk of your day is already accounted for. I’ll assume like most people you work for approximately 8 hours; Monday – Friday and then there are the hours that are spent getting ready for work, (breakfast and lunch prep if you have children) and then time spent traveling to and from the office.
Your time becomes limited by default but with a little planning and some sacrifice you can still find a few hours in the day to get things done.
Remember, it won’t be like this forever. The small steps you’re taking to build your business will eventually pay off in a big way. Right now you have to be creative and find ways to do and get done as much as you can every single day.
Here’s my unsolicited advice regarding how to find more time to work on your business:
Take the time to get clear about what needs to get done
Knowing what you have to do, enables you to make better use of your time and actually get things done.
Taking the time to get clear about the things you want to achieve will help you slaughter your goals. Start off by asking yourself what you want your end result to be. Maybe you want to get a website up and running so your business has an online presence, Ok Cool! If that’s one of your major goals, start to work backwards and figure out exactly what you need to do:
To get your site up and running you’ll need a few things like …
- A Domain Name
- To Purchase Template
- Create Copy
- Have Copy Double Checked and Edited
- Find Images etc
Get where I’m going with this? Once you have a really good idea of exactly what needs to be done then you will know exactly what you need to be focus on when it’s time to work on the things you need to do.
First, you need to decided how much free time you actually have. It may not actually be free time at the moment but think about times that you spend either doing nothing or doing something that is not helping you achieve your goals. Think about what you could be doing instead, during this transition phase your time needs to be used wisely. You can’t afford to waste any of it.
Before & After Work
Before work and after work are prime times for you to work on your business.
Commit to waking up an hour or two early and dedicate that time to working on the tasks you created. After work, once you’ve had dinner and settled in you’re probably in the habit of watching your favourite show or talking on the phone with friends. Use this to prepare for the next day. Get your clothes, lunch and even breakfast ready to go, so you don’t have to spend time doing those things in the morning. If there is time left to work on your business take advantage of it, every minute counts.
Depending on your family dynamics and what times you go to work this may or may not be a feasible option for you.
Your Lunch Hour
Use your lunch hour to tackle a task or two. It’s not a ton of time but it’s enough time to get at least one thing done
Friday nights have become a worldwide end of week celebration but if you’re really serious about your freedom date you may have to change the way you see Friday’s and use this time to get some stuff done.
Many employers let their staff out early on Friday’s especially during the summer months, take advantage of these extra hours and put them to go use.
Don’t use your weekends to relax and then complain about work on Monday. Yes, you need a day off every now and then but if you can find 4 – 8 hours to work on your business on Saturday and Sunday imagine how much you can get done over time.
4 hours x 52 weeks = enough time for you to follow your dreams
Finally, don’t spend your days, nights and weekends dreading or worried about your job. You have a plan and you’re working on it. Stay focused. You have the power to change your current circumstance.
I hope you find these suggestions useful. There’s more than enough time for you to do what needs to get done. A little time management and a plan are all you need.