When it comes to daily tasks, people often find it difficult to organize and manage their time because they don’t know exactly what to do. More often say things like: “Where do I put my time, energy and effort into my business?” “What do I do first, there’s so many things that I want to do and accomplish?” “I work full-time, I have 2 kids, I take care of my parents, I work 2-3 jobs or I travel.”
When it comes to me and my success as a coach, I always get statements like: “You have more time because you are a stay-at-home mom.” or “Because this is your full-time business” or my new favorite ‘because Dustin is at home with you full time now.” I just laugh at all of these because it still wasn’t easy to build this business. No matter what your life looks like, there will always be obstacles that can potentially prevent you from success. It’s your own beliefs that determine your success or lack there of. If you believe you have time then you will find the time for the things that matter the most. If you tell yourself you don’t, then you won’t. End of story!
As a new coach, it was mass chaos in my house all day- everyday. My babes were not in school yet. One was 3 and the other was 5. My husband was in the military and if he wasn’t deployed for 7 months at a time then he was at the base from 6 am until about 6 pm M-F and some weekends. My oldest didn’t take naps very much and my youngest was very active and into everything. I seriously never had a moment to myself unless if they were sleeping- which was pretty much only at bedtime. I was the sole caretaker most of the time. Our nearest family member lived 400 miles away and I only knew a few people in my area because we had moved across the country right before I started this business. I was on the clock 24/7.
It was mentally and physically exhausting to be a full time stay at home mom — Then, throw in my personal transformation: I worked so hard to change the way we eat, change our nutrition and finding time to workout. Add the fact that I was also learning a brand new business. I mean, I didn’t all of a sudden sign up to be a coach and send my kids off to daycare. I was doing what the rest of you were doing. I took my phone everywhere I went because when I started my business I didn’t even have a computer!! I could only work from my phone. And by my 3rd month in the business I had earned enough money to pay for 1/2 of the laptop I really wanted- so my hubby agreed to match that and buy it for me. Then I took my laptop everywhere we would go: and most of the time you would find me at the kitchen table, while the kids were eating breakfast; or on the couch — while the kids were taking their nap- learning and applying some info in an hour or two a day.
I had sticky notes for my ideas everywhere. I had notebooks where I would write down notes as I listened to podcasts. It was a mess! I was a mess because I was still learning and trying to figure out how to make this business work. I knew that if I didn’t get a system FAST I was going to drown and most likely my husband was going to leave and I was going to fall apart. Does this sound familiar to many of you? I had to take CONTROL of the situation and get a system in place.
The inability to manage your time and in turn, sacrificing a lot is no one’s fault, but your own. So lets take some time today to chat about the things that helped me regain control of my life and my new business venture. And when I feel like I am getting off track- I put my foot on the brakes and I always revert back to these methods! It’s EASY to get off track when we are not intentional with what we are doing!
Time management Tips I Live by:
1. Planning. This is the most important thing that you can do in order to take the step forward in managing your time. I sit down every Sunday to plan out my week. It’s not something that should consume every minute of every single day, but it should be the cornerstone of your life and business.
- I take a good look at my Google calendar and first off, check where I need to be as a parent. I used to be a pen and paper kind of girl, but I love Google calendar because it syncs to my computer and even to Dustin’s phone.
- I then add my workout time on my calendar
- I plugin my Beachbody business time – you need to make sure that you really make time for your business; don’t just wait for it to fit your schedule — create that time for your business.
2. Early Bird Catches The Worm- Rise and Grind!!!
If you use your phone as your alarm, put it far and away from your bed. The distance should be enough to get you started. Personally, I tell myself “GET UP GET UP GET UP” every step of the way. Never put it (phone) beside your bed because you’re just going to end up putting the alarm on snooze.
Make that sacrifice at least 3 times a week if you want to grow and have a successful business. Wake up and get your workout done or have an hour of quiet or personal time.
If you can start your day before the rest of the world, you are so much more effective. I find that I can go through my emails faster because there are no distractions: people aren’t needing me in other areas of the house; nobody is pinging me on social media. I can focus on getting through the tasks that I need to do. I can have that window of clear and focused time.
3. There will be a sacrifice.
If you are going to do something to make your business a success, you have to make sacrifices. For example: I say yes to my success club every month and say no to watching my favorite TV shows live — they’re on Netflix now. Or when you hit the snooze button on your phone, you say yes to your warm and comfy bed and no to starting the day early which can lead to not being able to get in your invites for the day!
Remember: Time management creates a ripple effect of success!
4. Eliminate distractions and focus on important activities.
- I turn the sound off on my iphone.
- I turn off the sound on my computer.
- Mute the notifications on Facebook.
- Only open the window you need to work in right now.
- Set a time limit for each task.
- Keep yourself focused on the goal in mind.
- Work from a to do list.
- Always ask yourself this question: Is this a time wasting activity or a business building activity?
Here are some additional tips:
Instead of creating a to-do list with 25 items, re-focus your attention to the top 3 most important things to do for the day that are going to bring you the most value.
If you’re a Beachbody coach reading this, I want you to think about the 3 vital behaviors:
- Inviting is the secret sauce to this business. The more that you invite the better you become at the skill and the more efficient you are at making the connection with others.
- Be a product of the product.
- Do your personal development daily.
If you don’t do those things with passion and consistency, your business won’t grow and you won’t have anything to manage. The only thing you’re going to manage is mindlessly scrolling thru your news feed or your phone.