You work full time, you have a family, you have a home, you have a dog, and you need to find time to pluck your eyebrows, let alone find time to work on your side business. So what is a busy person to do?
Well, let me stop you there because you do have time to do it all. You just might not see results as fast as you like. We all have 24 hours in a day and we need to prioritize how we use it. That is what it comes down to really, priorities and values. Believe me, if you suddenly found yourself on the brink of bankruptcy, I can promise you suddenly you will have time to work on your teacherpreneur business. All of us have different circumstances and values, so don’t get hung up on how much time you can dedicate to your business. You know you so you dedicate the time you can. For some people that might mean, 2 hours every night 5 nights a week for some it could mean just 2 hours, on Saturday and Sunday with a total of 4 hours a week. That is up to you.Now, where I can help you is to help you narrow down, set achievable goals and focus when you do have that time to work. Have you heard of the Parkinson’s law, basically it says that time expands to fit the time it takes to do something. So if you give yourself one week to write a blog post, guess how long it will take you? One week. If you give yourself one hour to write a blog post, guess what? You will get it done in one hour. Believe me- this really works. You are the master of your own universe. You need to be, especially when it comes to your teacherpreneur business. No one is telling you what you need to do, when to do it and how long it should take. You decide these things.
BREAKING DOWN YOUR WORKFLOW
This is the most important part of carving out time. Every person is also in different seasons of their business. If you are write lesson plans and develop and design curriculum, you will have different workflows to consider. A workflow consists of steps you need to take when you do something within your business. You probably have a workflow (even if you don’t know it) for creating a resource, planning a webinar, writing a blog post, creating social media content, etc. It might not be efficient, but it is a workflow.
LIMITED TIME & PRIORITIES
Let’s get back to thinking about how much time you have and what your priorities should be when you are working. If you are in the beginning of your business you might focus more of your time and actually creating marketable resources. This would be where 80% of your time goes. If you are an established business, your time might shift to 50% marketing and 50% creating resources. That is up to you to decide.
Once you have decided how you will spend your time, now you will need to come up with a focus. For example, if you are working Monday through Thursday for 2 hours at a time. You might say that Monday is your blog post writing day, 1 hour to draft, 30 minutes to polish and 30 minutes to prepare images for the post. You would only do that on Monday – whatever doesn’t get completed blog post wise must wait for the next Monday to continue. So you would intentionally put it off. Then maybe on Tuesday and Wednesday, you would have a total of 4 hours to work on a resource. You would follow your product creation workflow- that way when you sit down you will know what your next step is. THIS IS CRITICAL TO YOUR SUCCESS!!! Whatever focus day you choose to work on – make sure that you have a workflow designed with time limit for each task. If you do not set a time limit for yourself you will be walking in the perfectionism circle and believe me it is hard to break from that loop once you are in it.
If you want to get more done in less time you need to make sure your prioritize your work and when you are working you actually focus and get the work done. How do you do this:
- Set theme days and set aside dedicated work time.
- Use the workflow that is set for your theme and adhere strictly to the deadlines.
- Use a timer and work in chunks.
- If you don’t complete the task, move it to the next week do not disturb your theme day. This will ensure that you focus on all the parts of your business that will help your success.
This method is a slow burn method. To take it one step further, make sure you record what you are doing and review it at the end of the week. If you find that you are consistently not completing and moving tasks each week then you need to revise your workflow. Your weekend CEO date where you review and revise your system and work on your business is the only time you should be not working IN your business.