You’re constantly juggling family needs, work demands, running a household...So, how do you find time to build your soul-driven business “on the side?”
3 days before I resigned from a job which up until then I was absolutely loving, I was called into the office by my manager. Long story short, my manager questioned how I was as able to build my online business on the side while I was working full-time.
Later that afternoon, I received an email with instructions to report: what my appointments were, how long they were going to be, when they are finished, what my movements were etc etc etc.
Up until that point, I had enjoyed a certain amount of autonomy with fortnightly reporting, which suited me well. Needless to say, 3 days later I had submitted my 2-page letter of resignation.
I don't know about you, but I have never been able to work in a micro-managed environment.
So just how do I manage to work my side business while working full time?
I started by taking a good hard look at how successful people manage to achieve so much. I saw the common habits they followed whether they were entrepreneurs, sports people, politicians, celebrities.
They all shared some common things about their days that I knew I could model.
I realized then I'm only 1 decision away from taking action.
Forbes article on “Five Simple Morning Rituals Of Exceptionally Successful People” describes the morning habits of greats such as Barack Obama’s regular morning run, media mogul Ariana Huffington’s and Oprah's morning meditation practice,
Some of the known benefits of a good start to your morning include:
- Cardio workouts improve blood circulation and energy levels during the day
- Journaling an “effective way to tame mental clutter, sharpen your focus and unlock creativity.”
- Meditation practice “reduces stress, promotes emotional stability and strengthens the immune system.”
I focussed on developing a morning routine that suits me:
- 4.00am rise
- Drink a couple of glasses of water and put on my exercise gear
- Meditation time
- Head into the study to start creating work – even at high school my best time study time for exams was 4.00am in the morning
- Once daylight arrives I have already written content or certainly well on my way to completing content,
- I plug in my headphones to listen to my audiobook or podcast of choice and set out on my walk
- Get home and cool down with yoga and a dose of meditation
You will find the routine that suits you.
Once I nailed the morning routine that works for me and that motivates me, I was able to focus on working a more intentional and productive day.
Why not set yourself a simple task? Take note of all your activities during the day.
- How much time do you spend on social media distracted by other people’s drama?
- How much time is lost to getting caught up in other people’s drama?
- How much time do you spend watching TV?
- Now total for the day. How much time can you take back?
When I completed this exercise myself, I found:
- 3hrs in the evening after work day @ 15hrs p/wk +
- 7hrs each on Saturday and Sunday @ 14hrs totaling: 29hrs. Notice I have allowed 7 hours each on Saturday and Sunday? For me, the mornings my husband and I have done things together so I found by the afternoon we would normally be watching TV. Why not replace TV time with creative activities?
So, I’d found 29hrs a week I could use to build my business without sacrificing "me" time, and family time.
The TV is off now…although we never miss our favorite All Blacks games, and replaced by different forms of learning:
- completing online courses,
- attending webinars with people of influence,
- constantly being a student and a sponge to new information to help me grow and develop the person I want to become.
The interesting thing that happened when my excitement and momentum increased: I found a further 2 hours every morning. I added another 10hrs each week.
I was effectively working 2 full-time jobs. But my business was in a motivational state.
Some people would ask: how can that be sustainable?
One of my favorite authors and speakers Simon Sinek quotes: “Working hard for something we don't care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.”
Simon’s quote sums it up well. The 39hrs I now dedicate towards focussed actions for my business is easily spent and then some.
Another habit I have changed is personal development audiobooks and podcasts have replaced my Spotify playlist on my walks and while I'm driving.
I want to make sure that every minute of every hour I am listening to uplifting and educational material.
When you get excited about what you are working on, it doesn’t take much to sacrifice what is not in line with achieving your goals.
- We all wake up in the morning
- We all sleep to rest and recuperate
- We are all given the same 24hrs a day; 168hrs a week.
So, how do you choose to spend your 168hrs each week now?
If you are struggling to find time to set an early start, a great read: “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod has helped thousands of people like myself create a morning routine that has transformed their lives.
So if you’re telling yourself you “don’t have enough time to start your business” and you are open to learning strategy’s to change your thought patterns, do yourself a favor and take the first step by immersing yourself in “The Miracle Morning” taking part in the 30-day challenge.
You will begin to focus every spare minute of the day to be dedicated to actions to achieve limitless potential in all areas of your life.