To be successful in business takes work, now before you panic and start shouting at me all those great quotes about ‘working smart and not hard’ let me just say I said ‘work’, not ‘hard work’. That work can be hard and/or smart but importantly you have to know that whatever it is you want to achieve in life then you are going to have to put some work in.
I get so annoyed at people who complain that they never get any breaks in life or that they have no money to play with or that life is simply crap for them. These people generally dream of a better life but never do anything. If you are one of those people who complain that there simply isn’t enough time to do things that can change your life then I am afraid that I am going to tell you that you have exactly the same amount of time each day as Richard Branson, Sir Alan Sugar, Donald Trump and Bob Proctor.
We all have 24 hours in a day to work with, now I appreciate we have different circumstances in life and energy levels, some of you might have family and children and some of you might be single with no attachments. Some of you might be athletes with a lot of energy who can work effectively on only 5 hours of sleep and some of you might be unfortunate to have something like ME which saps you of energy and means you could be in bed more than the average person.
We are different that we cannot get away from that fact but what if your energy levels were low because you ate rubbish food? Wouldn’t it pay you to eat better food so that you were better in mind and body which would mean you could get more work done that could change your life?
Putting that aside let’s look at other fundamental things in your lives that could be holding you back from becoming more successful. As I said earlier, we all have the same 24hours a day to play with. It is often down to what you do with that time that gets you your positive or negative results.
So you want to make more money each month and you have a great idea how, but it means that you need to spend at least 10 hours on the project each week. Where do you find that extra 10 hours? You could have a day job that robs you of 12 hours of the day and then you get home to the family. You could be working for 8 hours then go and spend 2 hours at the gym, 1 hour for the work out and then an hour getting showered and travelling etc.
You might be single and doing 10 hour shifts who then loves to go out and socialise most nights and weekends. It can be easy to clock up how many hours you are busy and show how little time you actually have spare.
What Do You HAVE To Do & What Do You CHOOSE To Do?
Get a notepad and create two columns. At the top of one column write ‘Things I Have To Do’ and at the top of the other column write ‘Things I Choose To Do’. Now fill in both columns and be honest here, do not go adapting times to suit your opinions as you are only fooling yourself.
In the column ‘Things I Have To Do’ write down things like your day job, family commitments and household chores and how much time is spent doing them. You could do this for the day or for the week it is up to you. As for the column ‘Things I Choose To Do’ write down things like watching TV, visiting friends, going out etc and how many hours you spend doing it.
Also include the times you get up and go to bed, work out how much sleep you get and if you really need that amount.
As I say be as honest as possible, this is for you, you are only fooling yourself if you are not honest. It doesn’t matter to me. Once you start to write down you will see a more balance view of what you spend your time on each day/week.
If you want an extra 10 hours a day and finding it hard to work out where you will find it you could soon start to see that you spend a lot of time doing things that really do not benefit you at all. For example you may find that you have fallen into the habit of watching TV soaps like Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Eastenders with your other half. She might not even be bothered whether she watches them with or without you. Giving them up will release time to work on that all important new project.
You need to ask yourself what is more important, do you want that extra money each month or do you want to know if Norris really does get Emily’s house for nothing? Which is more important to you?
Do An Earlier Start To The Day
Maybe you wake at 6am everyday and enjoy a lie in for another hour or two; do you really need that lie in? Maybe you wake up naturally and try to get back to sleep but just end up laying their getting annoyed. If you do not get back to sleep and still do a full day’s work then it is safe to say that you do not need any more sleep so why not get up and get to your laptop and do an hour or two of writing or whatever it is you need to do?
Bob Proctor used to get up an hour earlier each day to write his book ‘You Were Born Rich’ that extra hour a day meant he would write 1 or 2,000 new words which over a short period of time resulted in him having a whole new book to sell or giveaway which greatly benefitted his business and his life.
Utilise A Wasted Evening
It could be that you go to bed and watch repeats of Family Guy and American Dad every night on BBC3 like I used to. That is roughly 2 hours each night, you might really love it, (I did :)) but do you love the feeling you have each month when you are struggling to pay the bills or when you realise you have no money left to spend once all of the bills are paid?
What Do You HAVE To Spend Your Money On?
If money is an issue and you are finding that you have very little money to invest on things like WordPress themes, website hosting or getting written work done etc then go back to your note pad again and do another two columns but this time instead of focusing on time you should focus on money.
Compare the money you Have to spend on things like bills, food and family etc with the money you Choose to spend on things like take away food, cigarettes and alcohol. You could be amazed at how much money you waste on non essential things that could prevent you going forward with your new business venture.
You would be right if you are beginning to see another fundamental rule in this post, and that is planning. When you spend time doing your time and money comparisons you will see that you are in fact not planning your time and money as effectively as you could so now you can see you have spare money and time to do the work and that you have several time slots when you can focus on your new projects.
Planning your time effectively is important; you need to have a list and a schedule of when you will do certain tasks and what you will spend your money on and in what order. Get a large hard backed note book, I prefer one that has a ring binder so you can flip the cover right over, and write down what tasks need doing and in an order of priorities. Then assign each task to a time slot that you know you have.
Pinch Time Out Of An Empty Weekend
Today I knew that my other half was going out to the garden centre with her parents, for me it isn’t my favourite past time and there is no need for me to go with them so I knew I had several hours spare. So what did I do?
I used the time to work on a few posts including this one. I have a few projects that I am working on but I knew these posts needed doing over others and so these became the priority. I could go into town and have a few cheeky beers or I could stick the TV on and get lost in some Sci-Fi adventure which I would really love but I need these posts written so that is what I chose to spend my time doing.
It’s not really that hard as I often stick music on as I write as long as it isn’t too distracting, it is really very enjoyable so not only am I having fun I know it is all going towards a better future outcome. The more I do the better the results will be and the better my life will be.
It is all about choices and decisions, we have time and money to spend on things that can help us change our lives, we might have different amounts of money or time spare but it is simply down to us to use what we do have more effectively and decide what and when we do things. So I have shown you what I do to become more of a bizzebee, it is now over to you. 🙂
Andi is a dabbler and a lover of electronic music. He loves writing and in his words he is ‘pretty good at it’. You would have thought he could have written something slightly more inspiring! :-) He has several years experience working as a paid writer, blogger, social media manager and WordPress specialist for one of the UK’s top internet marketers and also has skills in copywriting and using Facebook/Google advertising. He writes regularly for several blogs, some his own but mainly for Self Publishing Journey.