How To Turn 5 Hours Into 23
Time management, shmime management!
You can’t manage time – it’s going to pass, one way or another. All that you can do is manage your PRIORITIES.
So when I first decided to start my online health and fitness coaching business, my mentor asked me how many hours a week I thought I had to spend on it.
I was pretty quick to respond – five. I thought I was SOOOOOOOOOOOOO busy! Don’t we all 😉
But within the first week, I realized how much I LOVED what I was doing. And so I quickly found ways to grab an extra hour here, and another thirty minutes there. Before I knew it, I had an extra TWENTY THREE hours in my week to work on building my business!
So whether you’re wanting to get in shape, start a business of your own, or just can’t seem to find enough hours in the day for whatever it is that you want to do…here are six things that I started doing that you can too (tomorrow!) to help you reach your goals!
I LOVE me some sleep!
I really do…this was a tough one for me, but I view it as a short-term sacrifice for something that will pay me back with a very worthwhile return on investment.
So I suck it up, and set my alarm for an hour earlier than I used to so that I have time to work out in the morning before work.
Now I know that I’m getting my workout done before life has a chance to get in the way later that day (and considering that my fitness IS MY BUSINESS, that’s kinda an important piece of the equation!)
But getting my workout done early also means that I have that extra time when I get home that afternoon to work on my business.
Kicked Country To The Curb
Johnjay and Rich in the morning on KISS FM, followed by country music on my way home…
That was my daily radio lineup on my drive to and from work every day.
But it didn’t take long after starting my business for me to realize that car time was precious time that could be spent on my business. That’s about five hours a week RIGHT THERE!
So I quickly decided to turn off the radio…ANY TIME spent driving in the car quickly became time for me to listen to webinars, training videos, or personal development. Calls with clients and mentoring other coaches on my team could easily be fit into this space too.
Bottom line…I found a way to fill any time spent doing mindless activities with mindFUL activities. I know, I know…driving isn’t mindless…but you know what I mean 😉
No More Shopping For The Sake Of Shopping
I bring my lunch to work every day, so I have no need to leave the office to go get food. But I definitely still need to break away for a bit just to maintain my sanity!
So I used to spend my lunch break wandering through Marshalls or TJ Maxx, running errands, or getting my nails done.
But once again, I realized pretty fast that there was ANOTHER five hours each week that I could spend on my business. Instead of SPENDING money, I could be MAKING it.
So now I spend my lunch break doing more productive things, like sitting in my car getting goofy looks from coworkers (with the air conditioning blasting on me in the summer), checking in with my clients, and inviting others to become one. Or kicking it in my office and typing up a blog post – just like I’m doing right now!
Do I still get my nails done? Of course…they’re just a little more grown out at times (okay, okay…a lot more) than they used to be while I wait for the weekend when I have more time 🙂
Turned Off The Boob Tube
Jon and I were never big TV watchers to begin with, but we did used to like watching a pre-recorded episode or two of Modern Family before bed. And sometimes we still do…but it’s pretty rare.
It probably added up to another three hours a week on average…you know where I’m going with this by now?
All of a sudden that became ANOTHER three hours that I could spend making money instead…DONE!
Just Say No!
I can’t do it all. I had to come to terms with that.
My evenings are when I have time to work on my business. So it’s just not reasonable for me to go to a wine dinner on Monday, happy hour on Tuesday, and then girl’s night on Wednesday.
I had to start planning out my social life in advance, and unless something special was going on, limit it to one event a week too.
Right up there with sleep, this was a tough one for me. But once again, I just keep telling myself that it’s a short-term sacrifice – one that if I make now, will allow for me to spend as much time as I want with the people that I love in the not-too-far-off future.
Let It Go!
So….I’m a little bit of a control freak. There are things that I absolutely HATE doing…but I just like them done MY way SO much, that I’ll do them anyway.
Yeah that had to change, haha! STAT!
I learned that “done” is better than “perfect.” Maybe it wasn’t done EXACTLY the way that I would’ve done it, but at the end of the day, at least it was done.
If I’d had to do it, then what else would NOT have gotten done? And to be perfectly honest, a lot of times the people who I ask to help me with something are even BETTER than me at what I ask them to help me with!
So I took baby steps…first, Jon took over laundry duty. Then his daughter Hayley started making dinner every night. Next I started asking other coaches who I mentor to help co-run our health and fitness online accountability groups. When I was ready to get my website and marketing set up, I asked a friend who is a web designer to help me.
Moral of the story…OUTSOURCE!
Laundry and dinner alone saves me AT LEAST five hours a week. Anything that I specifically didn’t have to be the one doing, and I could find someone else to help me with….I did.
I realized that if my time was so precious and limited, then I needed to be making the most of it.
Something’s Gotta Give
As much as I wish it weren’t true, you just can’t create more hours in the day. So if you’re gonna add something else to your plate, what are you gonna take OFF it?
So how do I stick with it? It’s simple really…every time I need a swift kick in the rear, I tell myself this:
“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can have what others won’t have.”
Your dreams don’t work unless YOU do!