One thing is becoming increasingly apparent in my quest to almost double the size of my business.
I need more time.
More time during the day.
More time prospecting, researching, planning, crafting emails, following up, all on top of actually fulfilling for clients.
There’s only one thing to do: make more time.
One of my favorite things about running my own business from home is the fact that I can do what I want, when I want. If I don’t feel like waking up early, I don’t have to.
If I want to watch a movie at 2:00 in the afternoon, I can (and I have- Doctor Strange was one I watched recently, way better than I thought it would be).
But all the freedom that I love can also be a curse.
I’ve always been able to get my stuff done on time, but there have been times where it comes down to the wire, reporting date-wise.
This has to change.
In order to build the life I want, I need to live like few others are willing to.
So I’m going to wake up before 5:00 am every day.
Sound crazy? Maybe.
But I’ll have at least two extra hours of daily focus than I normally do. I’ll literally just create more time during the day.
Yes, I wake up to Fireflies by Owl City every morning.
Another way I’ll save time is by preparing meals in advance. It may not be gourmet, but there are plenty of decent meal options that I can either make quickly on the spot or all in an afternoon and reheat for lunches. Here’s some of the meals I want to have during this challenge:
Salad (I’m going to have to
Fruit (Apples, Oranges, etc)
Grapes are great for snacking
Celery and Almond Butter
My wife is home for dinner each night and is nice enough to make something good for us.
For the past few months my diet has been horrible, and it shows in the mirror. I was already overweight, so this certainly didn’t help!
I realize there is a direct correlation between exercise, eating, and productivity.
Here’s the schedule I devised for these 90 days (and maybe forever).
4:45 am – wake up, go for a walk or lift weights
5:15 am – read scriptures, prayer
5:40 am – start working, answer important emails, check daily to-do list
10:00 am – take a 15 minute break
11:30 am – eat lunch
12:15 pm – back to it
5:15 pm – be done with work for the night, hang out with wifey
10:30 pm – zzzzzzzz
If I can keep to this schedule, I’ll have a chance at the goal. And who knows, maybe I’ll become a better person because of it 🙂
I get asked all the time how I keep my tasks organized. The answer has changed quite a bit over the past 6 months. I started the old fashioned way, with a physical notebook for each client along with the wall calendar. This worked fine, but was impossible to collaborate with others online.
Next, I tried ToDoist, the online task-keeping site/app. It worked alright, but the layout was annoying to me.
I finally settled on Asana, which has been a breath of fresh air so far. I had used it in the past for an internship and my previous job, but I wanted to find something different. Turns out, it was exactly what I needed after all.
It allows you to add recurring tasks, have multiple projects (with the ability to tag more than one at a time), upload files, assign them to your team, and chat with them when needed. Here’s what I have going on for this challenge so far.
Until tomorrow. So long.