There are literally two hours in a day—ok well, it feels that way at times, right? In talking with my clients and friends, we are all facing the same struggle: finding time to develop and grow a creative business.
We all have the same time in a day (not enough), but here are five tips to maximize the time you do have.
- Communicate with loved ones about your goals. Becoming an entrepreneur really takes a village and understanding from loved ones. The time it takes to commit to the success of your business can lead to someone feeling neglected, but proper communication will help to ease those feelings.
- Be realistic about your time. You may not be able to dedicate time every day, especially if you are balancing a full-time job, a family, or just LIFE. For example, I know that Mondays are completely out for me: my full-time job is busiest on Mondays, email and phone are jumping, my daughter has swim lessons, then we have to wash hair, cook dinner, etc. Needless to say, it’s on and popping; therefore, I do not expect to get anything done towards my passion on Mondays, and I am ok with that reality.
- Build time for your entrepreneurial pursuits into your life. Schedule a specific time, put it on your calendar, and make it a part of your routine. Finding big chunks of time to commit to your business at one time can be unrealistic. Instead, find small windows of time in the day where you can truly focus. Even if it is for 30 minutes, turn off the phone and the TV if you have to and get to work!
- Have an agenda and set goals that you will accomplish during your scheduled time. If you know what you need to accomplish, you will be more productive during the time you have. Be focused and concise so that every important task gets the necessary level of attention and detail.
- Stick to the time you promised yourself. Don’t schedule appointments, and be ok with telling people you are booked during a certain time. This will create a habit of focus and dedication.
If you need that accountability partner to help find extra time and to stay consistent, let me help.