What I am showing you is how to use the best use of my time. I started doing this thing because they shut down my gym because of COVID. Well, I don't have any excuses. There's nothing but friggin sidewalk and opportunity. I live in a place where there’s sidewalk so let me get out there on it. So now, I'm out here walking and I'm spending 45 minutes, an hour and a half walking. Well, I'm just out here walking. Well, what can I do while I'm out here walking? What is the best use of my time?
I need to be showing up more. I need to let people see me. I need to let people know that I can help them start their own business. I can help them transition from one job to the next. I can help them be more adaptable. I can help them when they're transitioning from the military to civilian life. I can help them when they're transitioning from government employee to retiree. I can help them transition from employee to entrepreneur using their employee as a sponsor. If they're looking at how they're going to fund their business so I had to let people know in a way that's a good use of my time how to do this. I'm already walking so I may as well just come on here, play with short a little bit, talk to you a little bit and let you all know how I can serve you and that is how I am using my walking time.
One of the main issues people say is that they don't have time to start a business. They say, I don't have time for that, I have kids and I work full time. I don't have time to start a side hustle. I just don't have time. Well, today, I'm going to tell you how to harvest that time, those gold nuggets of time out of your schedule because you have time. Your why isn't big enough. The reason why you want to start your business isn't big enough. That's why you haven't taken the time to harvest out your time.
First of all. There's so many conversations about time management but you know, and I know there is no way that you can actually manage time, because we only have 24 hours a day. We all have the same 24 hours a day but you're not going to be able to manipulate time. The only things that you're going to be able to do is manipulate yourself and so you get an opportunity to manipulate yourself around time. Time flies when you're having fun and that shit drags on when you're doing something you hate. But when you're talking on the phone with your friends, you're watching movies, you're out kicking in at Costco, that time just zooms by. Let's catch some of that time:
1. The first thing I would do is take a moment to look at your schedule and don't spend a whole bunch of time doing this but I would take a day. Don't do anything differently from your schedule. I would get like one of those calendars on your phone and be aware that you're not getting distracted when you're doing this exercise.
Track your time and you've probably seen a lot of coaches, a lot of people on television, just a lot of people have you do this exercise because it is powerful when you see it. This isn't something to do in your head because something happens in your head. In reality, there's space in there that it's not the same. You think you're doing something, but when you see that stuff on paper, it gets real. Take the time to check out your day from the time you wake up, do it on the day that you're kind of busy, like on a day that you go to work or something like that.
2. Regain your time. It's just about the way of having focused time where you’re not messing around with your phone. Create, use or have focus time and it's up to you how much time you want to use or you use the time that you have but I would give yourself an opportunity from the time you sit down to get into this focus time and this is focused on whatever you are working on, whatever you're doing. Are you writing down a business plan? Are you using this time to reach out to potential customers? Are you using this time to actually do the work of your business? Give yourself a range of 30 minutes to 90 minutes. I would say I dare say no more than 90 minutes, because there's like a psychology of what our brain can handle and all of that and then I would take a 15-20 minute break. I would try to do that when you are your best person, you're creative. For me, that's in the morning, especially after I come back from these walks. I'm very creative, I'm very smart, I'm very strategic. I'm all of the the best things.
3. When it comes to creating, making, you have to be very loving and caring to yourself and set up these boundaries. It means shut down your phone. It means if you can do your work without internet, if you're writing your blog or creating what you're going to be posting on social media, you're going to be creating those posts.
When you're doing your focus, 30 minutes to 90 minutes, turn off all of those things that you can do, you're creating outside of the internet. Also, when you are using this time, use this time to let your family know that this is your focus time, whether it's 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 45 minutes, an hour, let your people know that this is your time. That's going to be hard for them if it's hard for you. If you don't set that boundary for them, then they're not going to respect it because you're not respecting yourself. So set up that boundary, set up that container of that time like that is the time when you are creating your life. That is the time when you're creating your future. This is the time when you're creating a job to pay off debt and build wealth and this is the time where you're building your vacation fund. This is the time where you are actually building the money to fund the life that you want. So respect that time and respect yourself.
If you'd like to be a part of the program, get some help, some direction, some coaching, some peer accountability, and some of them want to help you so you can see what boundaries look like for other people because sometimes if you never set a boundary, you don't know what a boundary looks like. You don't respect it. This is another lesson of how entrepreneurship can help you in your everyday life. Being able to set these boundaries of time and respect your own goals, respect what you say you want.
Just be honest with yourself and notice how much you're using your cell phone. Make sure that you are setting up focused hours to be able to work. I recommend that the time goes between 30 minutes and 90 minutes and spend this time focused. Are you finding potential clients? Are you working on projects? Work on this time. Spend this time very laser focus. And last, set up your boundaries. Put a sign on the door, close the door, turn off your devices, hide your devices. Don't even keep your phone in there. Make it hard to be distracted and those would be my top three tips on how to find the time that you desire to start the business that you want. What is your why? You never have enough time if this isn't something that you want to do. So what is your why? Do you have this because you know that you're good enough? You know that your skills can create a life that you want for yourself, but you don't have to leave your job, you love your job, but you know that you could be doing this job in a different way, in a way that you show up differently, in a way that you serve differently, in a way that's heart-centered and you feel proud of the skills that you've learned and knowing that you can use those skills to help someone else. People need your help and they need it the way that you give it, so listen to that.
You've been thinking about it. It doesn't have to be full time. It doesn't have to be all the way part time. It can be a micro business where you just help one person at a time and you know how to do that already. You've been thinking about it. Let me help you with that.
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