5 Ways to Find Time to Start A Business
Are you trying to find time to start a business? I know it can seem impossible, with work, family obligations, and all the day to day stuff that we have to get done.
But I’d be willing to bet that you can use at least one of these tips to find some more time in your day.
Warning: You may not really like these ideas, but I promise they can help. You don’t have to stick with any of them forever! Give it a shot.
5 Ways To Find Time To Start A Business
Tip 1 – Turn Off the TV
We cut cable at our house about a year and a half ago. It’s amazing how much more motivated I am to work at night when there isn’t the prospect of hours of television stretching in front of me.
We still have a digital antenna to get local news and even with that, I feel like I spend too much time watching TV – even though we actively watch it less than an hour a day.
I’m not saying that you should never watch tv, I still have 1 show that I don’t miss (Survivor, if you’re curoius!) but you should be mindful of how you’re spending time at night if you are trying to start a business, and this is a huge time and energy waster if you let it be.
Tip 2 – Wake Up Early
This isn’t as much about waking up early (you might be better off staying up late) as it is about finding time when the house is quiet and you can put dedicated focus on one thing.
For me, I wake up at 5 am each week day and spend time working on blog posts for this blog. I wasn’t making the time for it during my ‘normal’ day so I decided to dedicate time to it in the mornings.
If waking up early seems too daunting, keep in mid that this is a great example of dedicating yourself to something for a set period of time. You could set a goal of finding a product or some other big task in your business and dedicating morning time to it until it’s done. Then you can go back to sleeping in.
Tip 3 – Shut Down Social
I took Facebook off my phone. I found I was spending too much of my day mindlessly scrolling though it and that was not a good use of my time.
If nothing else, commit to stop checking social media during your workday. Be more productive at work so you can leave it there and have time to focus on your new business when you are at home.
Tip 4 – Block Your Time
And most recently I’ve been experimenting with breaking my calendar out into 30 minute increments and scheduling specific tasks for each of those 30 minutes.
It’s a work in progress and probably always will be. I’m constantly tweaking and refining my time blocking methods trying to find what will work best for me.
Tip 5 – Schedule Everything
Sticking with the 30 minute increments, I use those blocks for all kinds of things. Checking email, returning phone calls, straightening up the house. Whatever needs to get done needs to get on my calendar.
Otherwise its not getting done. It’s that simple for me, it probably is for you too.
How are you currently finding time to start your business and what did you hear today that you’re going to try starting today?
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