How often do you look at your “to do list” and say, “I could get this all done if I only had more time.” You’re not alone. As an employee AND entrepreneur you’re in a class all your own. Not only do you have to work a full time job, you have to find the energy to grow your business. Digging deep is something you can do on a regular basis, but as time starts to dwindle and the list of needs continues to grow where do you turn? Here are some ideas to help you find the time you need to take the leap to entrepreneurship.
Focus on what matters
Not only will this focus give you the ability to do tasks that have a positive impact on your outcome they will recharge you. This focus comes about by having a high level of self-control. According to a recent Inc. magazine article affirmations expand your level of self-control. Texas A&M’s Brandon Schmeichel says, “Self-control is about competition between immediate and delayed gratification. If you’re tempted to take a shortcut instead of a principled decision, reminding yourself of your mission statement or anything that reorients you to the long term should help you make the right choice.” Getting in touch with who you are and affirming your abilities to succeed with help you focus.
Study, after study after study has proven that multitasking is a deterrent to high perform, not a performance booster. When you are switching from task to task minute by minute you’re more likely to make mistakes. You also, take on average 10 minutes to get refocused on the task at hand when you are interrupted. Find ways to stay focused on one task for at least 20-30 minutes. Email, instant message, text messages and social media have all become huge time suckers. Turn off ALL notifications. Set a time to check email 2 or 3 times per day and don’t allow yourself to get derailed by a message or a person that needs something from you real quick.
Take care of your body
If you are burning the candle at both ends your body isn’t performing at maximum levels. Make sure to get the rest that you need. The standard is 8 hours of sleep. I shoot for 7 hours. Find the number that works for you and stick with it. If you aren’t sleeping you’re not going to be able to handle the challenges that life sends your way. Make sure that you are getting the exercise that you need as well. Studies have shown that being in nature is a great way to clear your brain and get centered. You might think about incorporating your exercise and nature time into one. Eat foods that fuel your body and not junk food that is going to give you a big rush and a steep crash. You aren’t going to be able to help your family, your business or your clients if you aren’t healthy!
Accomplish 3 goals a day
Set three goals for each day and commit to accomplishing them. Certainly your to do list will consist of more items than 3, but having that laser focus on three big items will allow you to make progress. Set your goals in the morning or the night before and then review them at the end of the day. If you have large goals make sure to break them up into small doable pieces. If it isn’t something you can accomplish in one day then it’s too big. Go smaller. Once you’ve taken these steps toward your goal you’ll feel empowered to accomplish more.
Celebrate your successes
Often we feel like we have so much to do that we don’t give ourselves enough credit for what we’re actually accomplishing. Make sure to review your successes at least once per week. What is going really well? What did you do to move your business forward?
Turn off the TV and get out of your social sites. Many of you are saying, but I need to be visible on the internet to grow my business and while that is true the internet is a bottomless pit. Tonight just before dinner I found myself watching a Divorce Court segment on Facebook. That’s 4 minutes of life I won’t ever get back. I can promise you I did not need to see that video, it was so tempting though. How many hours of TV are you watching a night, a week? My guess is too many.
According to the A.C. Nielsen Co., the average American watches more than 4 hours of TV each day (or 28 hours/week, or 2 months of nonstop TV-watching per year). In a 65-year life, that person will have spent 9 years glued to the tube. Turn off your TV and start living.
Remember that you are in charge of your life. You can make changes. We often fall victim to our circumstances. Everyone has the same number of hours in a day. People who accomplish a lot and people who accomplish nearly nothing are working on the same clock. Time is yours, how are you going to use it.
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