Time Management Struggles in a World Full of Distractions
Recently in the past four months I decided to make a commitment to stop being mediocre and to finally living up to my potential. I was finally going to fully commit to starting an online business and putting in the hard work necessary to reach my goal of $5000 per month and onward. I’ve read time management articles in the past. Merely skimmed them it seems because I didn’t realize how hard time management it is until I started. Everyone has 24 hours in a day, yes? Easy concept. But if your like me who still has to keep a full-time job ( for now) to pay the bills and keep food on the table then your working with a very limited amount of time from Monday to Friday.
If your like the average American who works a 9 to 5 (my case an 8 to 6), you wake up at 6:30 or 7am, eat breakfast( hopefully), shower, and then head off to the good old work mill we call gainful employment. From 9 am to 5 pm you work hard and kiss your boss’s butt and then after a nice little commute your arrive back home at 6:30 pm. Now from 6:30pm to lets say 11pm you have a dilemma because now you only have about four and half hours to get things done. Lets take an hour a way for showering, eating, grooming, bathroom using. Now your left with three and half hours, but oh way your best friend called and you haven’t talked in forever, minus one hour.
Oh boy your favorite show is coming on tonight, minus one hour. Now you have to do some instragramming, some facebooking and twittering of course, you cant be an antisocial hermit right? Now your left with only an hour and a half. Think about it, you have 24 hours and unless you guard yourself from heedless distractions your only going to be stuck working with 6.25% of your time during the week. Until I started getting extremely selfish with my time I didn’t realize how much time I was actually wasting. And frankly I could only imagine how hard it would be if I had children or a husband living with my on a daily basis.
People hate to hear this but I’m going to say it, entrepreneurship requires sacrifice, whether it be time, money or sleep or two out of three there will be something you will have to let go to focus on this instead. If you aren’t ready and willing to sacrifice something on this journey then my friend you aren’t mentally there yet. There are times where I really just want to hang out with friends and blow hours on videos games and binge watching Netflix but then I think about how I need to invest that time into my business so that one day I can walk away from my job squat free and then have all the time I want to check out Netflix and play video games. Sow your seeds now so you can reap your rewards later.
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Your Why and Why It Matters
If your like me you, you’ve probably read all kinds of entrepreneur articles, anywhere from title like ” 10 ways for business success” to ” Qualities every business owner should have”. While I want to say most of it is fluff, sound bites and noise there is one reappearing line that is in almost every article or book about success. They say one the keys to success is knowing your why. Now if you were like me three years ago you would have read that, snorted and moved on to the next article in your ever elusive quest towards success and wealth. The fact of the matter is the keys to success is no mystery, its like losing wait or dieting, tons upon tons of books and articles have been written on the subject but no one ever wants to take action and everyone wants an easy and lazy fix when there is no easy way to go about it.
However I digress, basically knowing your why is extremely important, If you don’t have something motivating you besides money to put in the long hours, sacrifices and loss of sleep that will take you to get you to where you need to go then your not going to make it unless you really really freaking love you some money. For me my why took a while to form. In the beginning I was like most rascals out there, I wanted fat stacks, money, nice cars, a yacht, a nice house, etc. And time after time I’d read article, magazines, even purchase courses for fast ways to make $1,000 per month, $2,000 per month, etc. And every time I would get disappointed as soon as I realized that it would take much more work than I originally assumed.
I would instantly drop it because I wasn’t getting fast enough results and hop on to the next thing and do the next latest and greatest thing. I even dappled into mlm briefly when I had met some guy from Dubai online that showed me he was making $30,000 from some shady mlm company. Until I developed my why, I wanted fast and easy money until fortunately I had an odd epiphany and snapped out of it. After I made my commitment four months ago and nailed down my why I’ve taken off running ever sense. For me, freedom (in terms of being the master of my time), travel, and family legacy matter the most. I see the work that I’m doing as a foundation for my family down the road so hopefully they don’t have to struggle and flounder as much as I have in my twenties.
I also want to travel because embarrassingly enough I haven’t been out of the country yet. And those hours that I give to my job from 8 to 6, yeah I want those suckers back, because I know I’ll put them to better use than my employer can. All in all, you need to identify your why. It may not be the same as mine, or it may be even grander than mine but you need something that you can come back to when your having a bad day and want to quit. Shoot me a comment down below with your thoughts and thanks for tuning in.
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The Lie They Sold Us About Motivation
I wanted to touch on the topic of motivation because I feel that its a widely discussed topic in entrepreneurship and just in business in general. Nowadays every because of Instagram, internet markets and bullshit logic every one has this crazy misconception about motivation as it relates to business. People believe that you choose a niche (accurate), narrow down what you want to focus on (accurate) and then suddenly you will be so motivated that you will be able to focus 10 hours a day, seven days a week towards your new business (wildly inaccurate).
I hate to break the news to you but some days you will not be motivated. Some days you’ll be completely exhausted and some days you’ll question and even wonder why your any of this at all. If your like me who is currently working a full time job and trying to get my side business off the ground then you’ll be truly wondering if it is even all worth it. All these internet marketers love to take pictures of a neat desk with their newest Mac book Air, a notebook, a pen and pencil and say #grinding all day. In reality if any work was being done there would be no neatest, and no time to take such vanity pictures to show “how hard they are working or how hard they are grinding”. Hard works needs no validation because the validation should be in the results you achieve from putting in the work in the first place.
What you need to master as a young entrepreneur is discipline and simply having the ability to push yourself even when you don’t want to and even when your tired and even when everything around you feels like its falling to pieces. Will it be easy? No! Will you fall short some days and get nothing accomplished? Yes. But frankly that’s part of the journey and part of the battle. Nothing really desirable in life comes easy and if you really want the prize of living life on your own terms and being financially free then you’ll have to tap into your above average self and fight like hell for it. Which brings me to my next and finally point.
You need to train yourself to disregard motivation, meaning that motivation shouldn’t even factor. If most of us are capable of waking up in the morning to a job we hate and not motivated to be at then most of us should be able to force ourselves to work on our side project for the betterment of our future and well-being. I made the mistake of falling into that silly motivation trap when I initially started on my entrepreneur journey and it made me second guess myself and feel like I didn’t have what it took to succeed. It wasn’t until I read about others journeys that I realized how silly I had been.
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