As you start your online business, you may be wondering where you are going to find the time to do it.
Starting a business is very time consuming, especially in the beginning where you have to learn everything and start taking action.
Everyone is busy with their life. We all have 24 hours. Yet, it seems like some people manage to do 3 times more tasks than you could ever do.
How are they achieving this?
The idea is that they found a way to maximise the 24 hours they have everyday.
Today, I’m going to help you find up to 10 hours per week (or maybe more, depending on your situation) to work on your online business.
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How to Find More Time for my Online Business?
The first thing you want to do is to determine your Why. Grab a piece of paper and a pen and write down the reason why you want to create your online business.
Wanting to create a business for a bigger why than just the sake of making money will help you prioritize the right actions.
When you have a strong why attached to a big goal, it will help you commit to your business and it will be easier to spend time building it.
The second thing you want to do is to Cut. I’m not talking about cutting paper nor talking about slicing a steak.
You have to cut in everything that is not going to serve your goal. So for every action you take, ask yourself: is it going to help me with my business?
If the answer is no, then move on and start hustling.
What Are The Things You Can Cut?
Everything you spend too much time on, you cut.
It depends on what your routine is and what your “day job” is. You may have to do some tweaks to your daily plan.
For example, if you spend over 1 hour reading emails every morning, maybe you want to read them later during the day or you can dedicate them 20 minutes and then get to the next task.
Another example, you spend 1 hour reading the news, either in the newspaper or online. If the political situation in Israel isn’t going to serve your business, why are you spending time reading about it?
See where I’m going with this?
How about your screen time? How much time do you spend, not to say waste, scrolling on social media? Please put a 20 minute timer and then focus on your business.
It’s really easy to get absorbed by everything we see on all the social media platforms. If you have been on TikTok, you know it’s super easy to spend hours there without even noticing it.
Are you a Netflix fan? Maybe you have your favorite T.V. show? How much time per day goes by with you stuck on your screen?
Have you thought about swapping some episodes or movies with educational or informational videos about your niche on YouTube?
The average person spends over 6h30 per day online. And just like that, you can have about 6h to work on your business.
Oh but maybe your situation is different. Don’t use that as an excuse not to take action.
The third thing you can do is to go to sleep 30 minutes earlier and wake up 30 minutes earlier. That way, you have 30 minutes every morning to work on your business.
Not a fan of waking up early? Let me remind you that you should go back and read your why. You may find the motivation you need to change your routine.
It can be 15 minutes and then you may find yourself waking up 1 hour early to work on your business. You will never know until you try it.
The fourth thing you can do is to plan your business time as a ritual. Ideally, you dedicate at least 1 hour everyday. Yes, that includes the weekend.
Ok, how about 20 minutes everyday? You watch a training video, you take notes and then the next, you take action. Sounds good?
You can do anything to make some time for your business. Make sure you put it in your calendar and you make no excuse when the time comes to build your business.
What Are Other Solutions?
Like most people who come back home from work, you are totally exhausted. Plus there are the kids and the dinner has to be made, etc.
You end up having a 10 minutes downtime and then you fall asleep.
Ok, if you commute to go to work, you can use that time to listen to a training video, an audiobook or a podcast related to your niche. Everyone agree with me?
I do that all the time now. I don’t listen to the radio. I use that time for my business.
Same applies if you workout.
Another scenario is when you have to cook the meals. You can either batch everything and cook on one day or you can buy already cooked meals at the grocery store.
Even better, maybe a relative or anyone you know can cook for you and your family!
All the stay at home moms out there, please get someone to help at least one hour a day, or a couple hours twice a week.
One last tip: When at work, you can use your lunch time to watch a training or do your research to write your next article.
You may be interested in reading the article I wrote on being more productive.
There is always a way to find some time to work on your business.
It may get harder if you already are working 80 hours per week on two jobs trying to pay the bills every month.
To help you build your business, here are the tips I talked about:
- Find your Why
- Find things to Cut
- Go to sleep early and wake up earlier
- Plan your business time as a ritual
- Use commute time or workout time to listen to audios related to your niche
- Batch your meal prep or get someone to help if you can’t afford the ready to eat food at the grocery store.
- Get a babysitter
- Use your lunch time for your business
- A bonus one: get someone to help you with the chores.
Do you know how much time you can spend on chores? Way to many. You could use that time to build your business.
You don’t have to be alone in the process. Reach out to others.
We all have 168 hours per week. Make the most out of them.