Are you a busy fool?
Now, I don’t mean a fool in a derogatory way. You might not have heard the phrase before.
A ‘busy fool’ is a person who always has no time to spare, does loads of work, but never seems to make any headway. He’s running to stand still essentially. This is because his time is chaotic, with no structure.
We all lead busy lives these days and despite the fact that you might want to start a home based business, you think that you’ve no time to commit to it. Your available time is limited. But, with the right strategies in place you can make better use of your time and use it to start that home based business after all.
If you’re going to succeed at it, you have to be more ruthless and controlled with the time you have available. The 7 tips below show how you can find the time to start a home based business and fulfill your entrepreneurial goals.
1. Always Get Up on Time
You don’t need more than 7 or 8 hours of sleep each night. If you can limit your sleep to absolute maximum of 8 hours, you will get more available time. If you usually sleep less than 6 hours you may need to sleep a bit more to be most productive with your time.
Try to always go to bed at the same time and leave your mobile downstairs, away from the bedroom. Mobile technology doesn’t aid sleep, so put your phone out of the way.
Try to start as early as possible, especially if you still have a day job to hold down. If you get up at 6am, you could easily put in a couple of hours work on your business before you go to your regular job. If you travel by train, work while you’re in transit. You’ll get loads more done.
2. Manage Your Emails
It’s easy to get distracted when you’re working on your computer at home. Operating systems the days have Notifications where a little box pops up telling you that a new email has arrived. Turn them off and set certain times for checking your email and keep to it. Don’t be tempted outside of the time slot you’ve set.
The temptation to respond to emails as they arrive will completely dominate your day and constantly disrupt your other tasks. Learn to ignore emails that arrive during the day and respond later in the day either AFTER you’ve completed all your daily tasks, or BEFORE. Don’t spend all day interrupting what you’re doing to read or respond to every email you get (most of them are probably low priority anyway).
3. Switch Off To Technology
You can be looking online for an answer to a specific problem and before you know it, you’ve just wasted an hour watching amusing dog or cat videos. Anything that you don’t need to get your work completed, turn off. That means your television, too. Don’t have it playing in the background if you can help it. I know some will have kids and they could be watching, but try to turn it off, or work from another room.
Be disciplined with your time. Timeslice your day so that you only do ‘research’ during it’s alloted time slot. If you can do this, you can still enjoy the things you need to (those dog and cat videos), but leave them until after you’ve done everything else.
In short, get rid of anything that may distract you from your work.
4. Recognize Your Internal Clock
Everyone has an internal time clock and you need to determine for yourself what your own internal clock is so you can work on your home based business at the optimum time to suit you.
Some folks are early risers, some are night owls and others are in between.
Only you know what time of day you work best, but whatever you decide is your best time, draw up your schedule and stick to it religously.
5. Always carry a notepad
The neat little application called Evernote can help you keep track of your thoughts, daily activities, notes for tasks, and more. It takes a while to learn how to use it, but once you get the hang of it’s a great way to keep track of lots of tasks.
Also, keep a notepad by your bed and if you have any ideas, write them down, otherwise you’ll have forgotten them again by morning and you’ll regret it. Some of my best ideas come into my head early on a morning or late at night. Don’t lose them!
Buy a little pocket notepad and carry it with you at all times. You never know when you’ll need to note something down. Ideas and points of note usually occur at the most awkward times, always make sure you have some way of noting them.
Transfer them all into Evernote (or similar software) as soon as you can.
You may also just record the thought using your mobile phone, there are several good apps for that these days.
6. Use Time Tracking Software
There are tasks that are productive and tasks that waste your time. The challenge is knowing which is which.
If you have a Gmail account, then you already have access to Google Calendars. You can easily set up different calendars for different aspects of your new home based business and colour code the entries.
Further, you can print out a schedule each day or sync to your smartphone so that you don’t forget anything.
On Macs and PCs these days you can also get Time Tracking Utilities which sit in the background, monitoring the time you spend using your installed software and presenting it as a report.
You’ll probably be surprised how you jump around from one program to another. This will allow you to measure your behaviour and modify it to your own advantage.
7. Outsource Your Work
You don’t have to do everything yourself. You might feel you need to, but don’t. Seriously. Start to delegate and outsource work as soon as you can.
And, as your home based business grows it may not even be possible to do everything yourself anyway.
Websites like Fiverr, Elance and UpWork all have freelance workers ranging from designers, to copywriters to website builders who can help lighten your load.
Generally, you can get everything done for you, by people who are experts in that particular discipline. You can outsource everything from copyrighting a document to building a website (and everything in between).
Smart business owners always work this way. It may cost you a few pounds, but you’ll be much better off getting someone else to do this kind of work for you while you concentrate on more important things.
In this way, you’ll get far more done in pursuit of your target.