Woo hoo gorgeous! Thank you for letting me in and helping you gain your time back. It's not easy running a business, running your life (and maybe even a family) and taking time for yourself.
Here is your Time Tracker: CLICK HERE
Below is the audio that accompanies or you can download it HERE.
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It can be so hard! But what was harder for me, was looking at ALL the time I was wasting when I was telling myself I didn't have time to do anything. I couldn't go outside to play because “Mommy had to work.”
When I filled out the tracker, it was a big wake up call for me and for my husband on the time we wasted. You see, I kept saying to Chad, that I want to diversify our money. I don't want my Done For You Facebook Ads and Coaching to be my only source of income and I don't want his job to be our only source of income. We “didn't” have time to research other things until we learned that we did.
We just weren't intentional. “Something” always came up and something was always going on, yet, even after planning in extra time and sleep and workouts (that I don't even regularly do), I still have over 20 hours extra week that seemed to disappear.
Intentional. My time management and self-management were not intentional. I didn't really have a rhyme or reason behind doing what I did and when I did it and that caused me to waste more time. I was talking with a woman I used to be friends with and she said she never had time. Of course, I challenged that. And then she said she'd prefer to drink and “have fun” then to management her time or herself better. To each their own, right?
I told myself I didn't have enough time for my podcast which again was BS. I found time and now I have my 4th and 5th episodes coming out this week. You can take a listen HERE.
First thing I did when I saw all the time I thought I had:
- I made my list of everything I needed to do, wanted to do, didn't want to do and just brain dumped everything
- I shared my Google Spreadsheet with my Project Manager so she can help me outsource or do whatever I need to do
- I went through and looked at each task and I decided:
- What I NEEDED to do
- What I needed to partially do and who could help me
- What I could outsource completely
- What I would put off for now, if it isn't aligned with my current goals
- What I could delete that wasn't necessary for me or any of my team to do
This helped me to eliminate things I didn't need or want to be doing and that allowed me more time. One of the things I wanted to do more is to write and I've been able to do that quite a bit more. I want to open up an eCommerce store and I want to start creating recipes on my mommy blog again (that's my “hobby”).
This process of seeing my extra hours each week and getting rid of tasks that didn't serve me, helped me so much! And I hope this helps you too! I know that I feel so much better knowing that I have so much time back and I'm able to start pursuing other ventures and hobbies that I've missed AND spending more time with my family.
We're playing games every night, playing outside and it feels really good. Like really good.
I'm setting the intentions that this truly helped you and that you're able to get your time back so you can focus on what is important to you!