The biggest hurdle in creating a new career for yourself is not actually the financial one, unless you are absolutely destitute and homeless. Believe me, I’ve been down that road and I know how hard the financial part of digging yourself out of a hole can be. The true hurdle is buying out the time for your business. Because time isn’t cheap. Sadly too many people simply cannot find the time to start their own business because they are unwilling to make the time, or carve the time out from other activities.
Planning defines purpose.
If you are one of these people who is looking to find time to create a business and career that you will love, fear not, you have plenty of time, if you are willing to make sacrifices. See, you have plenty of time, but like me, you likely are spending that time doing other favorite activities like playing games on your mobile phone, watching TV shows, going to the movies, reading books, or playing video games. Buying out the time means seeing those activities for what they are, activities that are costing you the life you deserve.
Step 1. How To Carve Time In Your Life
Start with a handle tool called Google Calendar. First you are going to download it to your phone or create an account by creating or using your current Gmail account. Then, once you have seen this tutorial on using Google Calendar by the lovely Phyllis, move on to step 2.
Step 2. Adding in the Important Things
Now that you have become familiar with adding events to your google calendar, let’s get started in seeing the shape of your life. You are going to start by adding in events that are unmoveable, like caring for yourself, your family, and your current job schedule.
Using one color for the immovable tasks add in:
- Your work schedule
- 8 hours of sleep
- An hour to care for yourself, shower etc, daily
- 30 minutes for each of the 3 meals, more if you cook everything at home
- Time to exercise, at least 30 minutes daily
- Time to study about your business, at least 30 minutes daily
- Activities required by your family or work, such as commuting or soccer games
- An hour off relaxation per week, TV, Movies, Meditation
- Church or other religious or spiritual activity
Now what you have left is your free time. In step 3 you will see how to turn this open time into a life-changing opportunity.
You are the architect of your destiny… Because you write the blueprint for your life!
—Michael S. Clouse
Step 3. Change Your Mind, Change Your Life
Now that you know exactly where your time is spent, it should be easy for you to locate blocks of time from 30 minutes to 3 hours on a daily basis. Color these a bright bold event color and don’t let anything, except true life and death emergencies, interfere. These are important scheduled events, dates you have made with yourself to change your life.
These scheduled events, appointments with yourself, are the gold nuggets that will help you move from the life you have to the life you deserve. Schedule them in, see them for the gold mines they are in your life, and hold them dear. In my next article, I will show you exactly how to dedicate this time and divide it among your priorities as a new business owner. I will also show you how some of your other activities can be special gems used to multitask your new business into your lifestyle.