How Do I Make Time To Run A Business
When we decide that we want to run a business of our own what is the first thing that comes to mind? “How do I make time to run a business”. YIKES right? You’re a mom, you run a household, you shuttle the kids to and from, and you support your spouse. Then you make and drive to appointments, you make meals, and you volunteer. Let’s mention in all that you try to squeeze a shower in there from time to time, right?
How can you possibly cram any more into your already packed day; especially enough time to run a business? Here is the truth, you are NOT as busy as you think you are. I know, I know, I can feel the fire in your eyes, that massive eye roll you just gave me.
But hear me out!
When I look back on when I started my first successful online business I laugh at myself because I always thought I was soooo busy. I had “so much to do” but man did I waste a lot of free time lol. Don’t get me wrong, I got down to business eventually, but it wasn’t on a schedule or restricted schedule. After all, I was child-free and could do what I wanted when I wanted.
Then my kiddo came along and I got this crazy idea to start a brand new business from scratch. I knew how to do what I needed to do, but I had no idea what it was going to take in order to make it happen while raising a kid. I put it off for a good bit of time because I was terrified I’d never have enough time. BUT, I made it happen and I’m here to tell you I didn’t lose my mind (well not from business that is 😉 )
Being a mom does NOT mean you can’t start a business or be successful at it!
Sure, being a mompreneur means you’re not going to be able to sit down and knock out 8 hours of work in one sitting. But what you do have are good windows of time to accomplish anything you want.. Truly, it’s just a matter of finding those windows of time and then organizing what needs to be done in those windows.
When I’m asked the infamous “How do I make time to run a business” I simply reply with “I run my business in twenty minute to an hour time slots”. Before the kiddo wakes up I review what needs to be done. When the kiddo has schoolwork time after breakfast I knock out some tasks. During nap/rest time (which varies drastically these days) I knock out bigger projects. I schedule all calls/interviews on specific days of the week when I know I’m less likely to have interruptions. Sometimes I get some work done after his bedtime (which honestly I try not to do as that’s husband time and sleep time).
My purpose for running my own business….
It has always been so that I can be home and present in my family's life. I don’t run a business so I can constantly be strapped to my laptop or phone. If you want to own your own business, it doesn’t have to be rocket science, it’s merely a matter of finding time in your day to accomplish your tasks and keep your business moving forward.
Check out the book called The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less. This book can really help you understand the ideas of balance.
You’re a mom so I’m just going out on a limb and say that you have a TON of laundry to do, toys to pick up, dishes to do, kids to chase/drive/play with… the list goes on right. Well, let me just tell you that not everything you do during your day is important. I know, I know, again that’s harsh to hear, but it’s true.
A LOT of my clients come to me telling me their days are jam-packed without wiggle room. I make them all complete a simple worksheet that I’ve put together and then we evaluate the time they actually have during their day. Grab a FREE 90 Day Success Planner and see for yourself how much free time you actually have in your day!
The NUMBER ONE thing I can tell you is that you MUST find ways to cut down on the things that don’t matter to your success.
No, I’m not saying skip the kiddo time or ignore your spouse, what I am saying is that the “fluff” you do during the day can wait.
Personally, I had to learn to cut down on the number of times I did the dishes every day. I did NOT need to pick up the toys when little Mr left a room (he was coming back eventually). Facebook & TikTok (ugh), I do NOT get on Facebook and TikTok a billion times a day (it’s addicting, you know it is, plus it can be a huge waste of time if you’re just scrolling aimlessly). I think my BIGGEST fluff remover was deciding NOT to do laundry every single day. Now, I have set days where I do our family's laundry.
When you cut out the excess fluff you then have dedicated time during your day to start RUNNING your business successfully.
You can start by deciding what you want to do with the time you find
- Start making connections
- Create content
- Build a website
- Start a blog
- Write your book
- Develop your network
- Chat with clients
- And so much more
When you schedule your day you can free up so much time that can be dedicated to your business. At first, when you start removing the fluff, you’re probably not going to find “hours” at a time but you will certainly find twenty-thirty-minute chunks at a time and every little bit counts.
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I HIGHLY encourage you to take a good long look at your week, then break it down to your individual days. Start to identify areas where you can eliminate unnecessary activities in order to refocus on the bigger picture. I want you to be able to take that BIG idea that you have been stewing on and turn it into something even BIGGER.
BUT—You MUST remember…. We all have the exact same amount of hours in our days. You are no more busy than any other over-exhausted mom on this planet. It’s simply a matter of how you choose to spend the time you have each day.
Rather than saying “I just don’t have time” or “I’m just so busy” I want you to try to find just twenty minutes in your day where you can begin to cultivate some of your dreams. Now you know the answers to “How do I make time to run a business” go and start building your empire!
Once you find the extra time in your day, you can then begin mastering the art of Filling your Calendar with Clients!
You CAN do this!
I believe in you!