In the first part of this series on Smart Time Management, we discussed the planning and organization side of time management to fit your new business into your daily life. In part two, we cover the actual ways to fit it in on a daily basis. If the first part was the warm up, this is where you hit the ground running! So let’s get started!
Setting Time Aside
The first and foremost part of time management when trying
to fit a new business venture into a busy life is obvious and common sense –
Set the time aside. I know this one can
be difficult, but it really is one of the most important things you need to do. Block out time that will be dedicated to
nothing but your new business. Tell the
kids and other family members that you are “at work”, and pay attention to your
business. The rest of this article describes
how to integrate your new work tasks into existing daily activities, but if you don’t
dedicate uninterrupted time to your new business venture, you will never be
able to get off the ground. Whether it
is an hour or three on a week night before you go to bed or a block of time on
a Saturday morning before everyone else wakes up, you will need to prioritize
this new business as a factor in your life.
One way to help others in the household understand and respect this work
time is to have a dedicated “work space”.
This can be as involved as a home office, or as simple as a desk in your
bedroom. Family needs to know that, when
you are at the desk working, you are at your job. Of course interruptions will happen, but it’s
okay to lean on your spouse or older children to play some defense for you
here. In my previous blog on “Taking A Shot”, I mention leaning on family members to help get your business off the
ground. There are so many things you
need to get going when starting a business, but they are not always about the
business itself. If you have to get a
grandparent to keep an eye on the kids for an afternoon so you can order
inventory and work on your web page without distractions, it doesn't make you a
bad parent. Quite the opposite, it
brings the kids closer to the grandparent, and lets you work on the business
that is going to have a great impact on your kids’ future.
Setting Time Aside
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