Always be honest with yourself. Are you one of those people that believe that you just don’t have the time to get your home based business up and running? Well belief me—you are not alone. And the reason I say this is because there are many people I’ve talked with over the years that have claimed they have too much to do and not enough time to do it in. Meaning they wind up defeating themselves, resulting in their business loosing momentum and suffering from it.
Full time jobs, family obligations, maintaining ones health and other distractions are the main reasons for not building momentum for a home based business. You can end up feeling that your life is spent catering to the obligations that you have with others.
Well don’t worry, because I have some good news for you! You can find and maximize time to build momentum for your home based business. It’s called “Time Management”. All you need to do is to find the time, and then commit to using that time for your home based business only.
Try the following strategies to make your home based business flourish.
Document Your Daily Routine:
The first thing you will need to do is find a quiet place to sit and think, then write out your schedule in detail. Document the start and end time on events like getting ready for work, driving your kids to school, your commute to your day job, gym time and any other weekly commitments you have. Don’t forget to include weekends and family time (this is most important).
After completing your time management documentation exercise, you should have a good visual of what your work week looks like. You should see openings in your week.
Make your goal easy at first: Try to find two hours that you can commit to spending on your business. You should be able to re-prioritize some of your time.
Stay With The Schedule You Created, Then Re-Evaluate It:
The next thing you need to do is stick with your schedule. This can be tough though, because you are creating a new habit for yourself. And then once you get the hang of your new routine, you should always re-evaluate your schedule….By doing this re-evaluation, you should be able to find more time to spend on your home based business.
Sticking with your schedule means you need to discipline yourself to work it. This means that you have to find a way after work, after little league games, or after dinner and after putting the kids to bed.
Always remember—don’t forget your family. Spending time with your family is always a top priority. If you have young children, try to focus on your business after the kids are in bed. Personally, even though I do not have children myself, I find that using the evening hours is best for me to spend on my home based business. It seems to be the most quite part of the day.
If you have to use your family time occasionally to spend on your business, make sure you communicate this with your family so they have an expectation of what you are doing. And if your spouse asks you questions concerning what you are doing, or wants to watch while you work on it, do not hesitate to be completely transparent—in other words, hide nothing. However, I would also recommend that you set a rough time limit so you can spend that time you want with your family. This will provide balance for you.
As we all know, life also throws us off schedule. Try your best to embrace that fact instead of fighting it. If your child stays up late, focus on helping your child quiet down and go to sleep. Try not to focus on what you could be doing with your business. Don’t worry. The work will still be there when you are ready.
If you have to stay late at your day job, then choose to work late. Usually you’ll find that it is better just to focus on one thing at a time. You’ll be more efficient and effective as a result. Remember, having a clear and guilt free mind while working on your home based business is most productive.
To handle new ideas that can distract you while you are working, keep some type of voice recorder handy, so if an idea comes up you can record it or write down the idea in a notebook. You can always prioritize those thoughts at a later time. You will also find that you are using less energy dealing with distractions instead of fighting them.
So there is good news when it comes to finding time to work on your own business. Don’t despair and don’t get frustrated. Just remember that you have control of your time, meaning you alone can change your habits to build your businesses momentum.