Six Ways To Help You Make More Out Of The Time You Have
Building your business has a lot of challenges that come with the territory, but building part-time while also working a full-time job or trying to build your business from home while juggling home responsibilities just adds to the challenge–namely, finding the time to do it!
Fortunately, I’ve got some sage advice to pass on to you.
I was on a call not long ago with my friend, Dr. Bob Clarke of BobandRosemary.com. Dr. Bob is an Infertility Specialist by day, and an Expert Marketer by night. It’s no easy feat to run a busy practice in New York City while also building a successful part-time online business.
He does it.
And he specializes in helping people leverage their limited time to build their part-time businesses.
We all have the same 24 hours in a day, but these are the tips that have personally helped Dr. Bob get the most out of his limited time. He shared them with me and now I’m going to share them with you. (Very cool of me, huh? 😉 )
1. Identify Your Peak Productivity Time
You’ve heard people say things like “I’m not a morning person” or “I’m a night owl”. This is how most people measure or express the time of day that they are the most productive. Some people are more productive in the morning, some in the evening, and some are a mix–maybe they find they are more productive early in the day and then just after dinner.
Once you identify the time or times of day that you find are your most productive, try to arrange your schedule so that you get most of your business work done during those times.
2. Turn everything off
You’ve likely heard this before, but it’s true that nothing squashes your productivity faster than those pesky distractions.
You sit down at your computer to work, and then get side-tracked checking your social media accounts. Your phone pings because you have a new follower on Twitter and you just have to know who it is. You’ve got e-mails, you’ve got texts…and before you know it, you’ve killed all your time and you have nothing to show for it.
When you sit down to work, turn off or silence your phone and turn off the social media. Focus 100% on what you are doing. You’ll be amazed at how fast you can get your tasks done.
If you have a really hard time fighting the temptation to check your social media, there are a couple of apps that can help. One is called RescueTime, which helps you gauge your online habits, and the other is Anti-Social. This app blocks your access from sites for a certain amount of time. Pretty nifty.
Create some boundaries.
Dr. Bob suggests having a family meeting once a week and going through everyone’s schedule. Write down on the calendar the week’s events like Bobby’s soccer game on Tuesday at 6pm, Sally’s piano lessons on Thursdays at 4, and things like that so that there are no surprises. Schedule in your business blocks of time as well. Then tell your family you will be there for their events but that you would also like your blocks of time observed and respected.
If you are a family with young children, this can be especially challenging. But try the bartering technique in these circumstances. Ask your spouse or other family member to watch the children for a certain amount of time for you in exchange for something they may need. It’s the ‘ole “scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours” strategy.
The idea is to create some boundaries and get the people in your life to respect them so you can have the dedicated business time you need.
4. Have a To Do List
Having a To Do or Checklist is really helpful for a lot of people. It certainly is for me. But the key is to not make it too long. Having too many things on your list can actually work against you, making you feel badly if you don’t get them all done. The purpose of the list is more to give you focus rather than a rigid list of “must-do’s”.
Also, try making your list the night before. This helps to start your day with a purpose in mind.
Multi-task whenever it makes sense to do so.
For example, listen to mindset training during your commute, while cooking, or doing housework or what-have-you. Get an audio book and listen to it while you do other things rather than using your peak productivity time to read or work on your mindset.
Outsourcing in the online world is about getting someone to do the work you can’t or don’t want to do so that you can focus on doing the more enjoyable or more profitable things.
The mistake most people make, in Dr. Bob’s opinion, is that they think they have to achieve results before they can outsource. In fact, if you outsource early and often, you’ll get more time to work on your business and get better results because of it. It works counter-intuitively to what most people think; it’s better to outsource early instead of later.
The Cherry on Top: The Concept of Compartmentalization (That’s a mouthful!)
Compartmentalization is the key concept to keep at the forefront of your thoughts and strategies as you build your business part-time.
It simply means this: To be fully present in whatever you do and be able to separate the different aspects of your life.
For example if you can separate your life into the areas that make up most of your time, let’s say, your family time, your job, and your business, make it a priority to be 100% present during those times.
When you are with your family, be completely engaged, experiencing and enjoying that time with them–you’re not checking your emails from work, or answering calls, or posting on social media for your business. This is your family’s time and they deserve your full attention.
The same concept holds true for your job and your business. While you are at work, don’t be thinking about or working on your capture pages when you are being paid to do something else. Get in the habit of doing your best and giving your best during the time you set aside for it. Even if you don’t like your job, do it to the best of your ability and develop the attitude of excellence in all you do.
And when it’s time for business, it’s time for business. Ask your family and friends to respect that. Put a DO NOT DISTURB sign on your door if you have to.
Where you show up in one area of your life is where you’ll show up in all areas of your life. – Dr. Bob Clarke
And of course this concept will look differently for you than it does for someone else because we all have different situations and dynamics at work, but see how you can put this concept to use in your life.
Do your best to put these dividers into the different areas of your life and you may very well find the quality of your life improved because you are giving 100% to each area rather than 25% in all areas at the same time. The latter makes for poor results and lots of stress and disappointment.
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