Finding Time For Your Home Based Business
One of the questions which people ask me quite frequently is “how did I find the time to start my home based network marketing business when I worked 14 hrs/day at my job?”. It’s interesting because when your desire to do something is so strong, you will take the time to do it. And in 1995, when I decided to do a home based business, I had a very strong desire to start spending time with my 8 year old son and to do that, I had to bring in a FT income.
I became the best student and I want to share with you some of what I believe to be the “Keys” to Time Management which is really Self Management.
Time Management Tips For The Home Based Business Owner:
1) Time is the most valuable commodity we have. We all have 24 hrs/day and we can’t buy another hour no matter how much money we have. Start to value every second as if it was money, because everyday we are given 86,400 seconds and if we don’t use it wisely will be gone forever. Suppose we had $86,400 to use daily, and if we didn’t use it wisely it would be gone forever, would we be very careful about how we used it? Yes, in fact, we would invest it so it would not be wasted. Now think about every second this way, because if we would invest it in learning, in leaving our legacy, in duplication, into things which we knew would always have a return in the future, we would never waste another second again.
2) Now that I have changed your perspective on Time, all successful people use a planner and plan out every minute of everyday, so that they “Invest” their time wisely. We will find that once we are willing to follow a planner everyday and do what we planned to do, we will have so much time to do so much more. Schedule everything from work time, time with our children, time with our loved ones, personal time, etc.
3) Benjamin Franklin said “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”. Time Management is really about setting our priorities and following the Pareto Principle or the 80-20 rule. The principle says that if we make a list of all of the tasks we want to do today, there are 20% of those tasks which will produce 80% of the result we want at the end of the day. The same rule applies to everything in life, therefore, once we start using a planner, make a list of all the things we want to do, then prioritize the ones which are the most important. Schedule these into our day first, then the next important, and so forth. The key is planning our day the night before and following our planner each day.
4) Wherever you are, Be there. One of the mistakes I made when I started my home business was…when it was my son’s “time” and the phone would ring, I would sometimes answer it. Then at times, I would be with him, however, I would be thinking about my business. Ironically, then when I was working on my business, I would feel guilty about not being with my son! One of my mentors taught me “wherever you are Kellie, be there” and it made all the difference in the world. When it was my son’s time, I never answered the phone again, it would just ring and the machine would answer it. I could see how happy he was as I ignored the phone and gave him my full attention. He was happy, so then when it was time for my business, I focused on my business, and because my son knew he had his time, he gave me my time with pleasure!
5) In the book “The Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey, he talks about how highly effective people spend their time planning, so they do not spend their time “chasing fires”. They always do things which are important, but not urgent. Most people spend their time on things which are urgent everyday. Planning is pro-active whereas the other is re-active. Here’s a great video in which Stephen Covey teaches how we can get everything we want done, if we do the top priority things first:
Wasn’t that eye-opening? I have used a planner very diligently every since I started my home business and it has helped me keep my priorities straight and to be able to plan for all the ‘big rocks” and well as the “small pebbles” in our life.