One of the most common questions I get is, how do I start working on my business systems? In fact, I published an episode where I talked about how to start working on your business systems - that was episode #45 in case you’d like to check it out. Right up there among the most frequently asked questions I receive is: How do I find the time to work on my house cleaning business?!
If this is also a question that roams your mind, then you’ll definitely want to stick around for this episode as I’ll be sharing a strategy that you’ll be able to implement as soon as this episode ends.
Your busy, I know. You own, manage, and very likely work in your business...a lot! So, you might wonder, “how in the world am I going to find the time to work on my business if I barely have time to work in it?!”
Well, let me tell you how.
You schedule. Just like you schedule your customer appointments. Just like you go to your doctor appointments. Just like you go to your kid’s school meeting appointments. Too easy to sound true? Well, have you tried it?
Look, there’s this adage known as “Parkinson’s Law” - and it states that work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. I first read about this philosophy years ago when I started getting interested in personal development and business systems. And, I, as I’m sure some of you, didn’t really buy the whole concept. For me, there was just time for work and that was it. However, the more I read the more this idea kept appearing in a lot of the works I was reading. And, that’s when I decided to give it a try. Well, the minute I applied this philosophy to my life, it completely revolutionized my thinking.
You see, if you’re not specific with what you allow yourself to do within a specific period of time, then you’ll do whatever it is you’re doing as long as it takes you to do it. In other words if you’re not demanding of your time and of yourself, then life and time will continue to appear as if it’s outside of your control!
So, what’s the solution? Start demanding more from yourself and your time, by being disciplined and scheduling out your day! And, that includes a few minutes or a couple of hours each day to specifically work on your business.
Now, you’ve probably heard me ask this of you in previous episodes: schedule an appointment with yourself. And, I wasn’t kidding. You schedule an appointment with yourself in order to work on the development of your business. You can’t find time? Let me ask you this. Can you perhaps, wake up earlier in the morning so as to allow yourself just an hour each morning to work on your business development?
Look, I’ve recommended this book in the past and I’ll recommended again today. “The Miracle Morning” by Hal Elrod. It’s not just a book to learn how to wake up and start your day earlier - but it’s also a book that allows you or teaches you how to be more productive with anything you want to be more productive at. Again, check it out and start applying some of the ideas in the book in your personal life.
So, that’s one thing you can do. Work on your business in the mornings. How about during your lunch break? I don’t know if you read my blog post on “How I Read At Least 3 Books Every Month”, but in it I talk about how you can take advantage of your lunch breaks to get some reading done. Now, you can substitute the book reading with your business development during this time period - and, it doesn't have to be your entire lunch break (although, it could if you wanted to); but just 10-30 minutes of business development each day will eventually add up!
Finally, what about during the evening or night? Let’s be sincere and admit, how much time are you spending each evening or every night on Netflix or Hulu or anything similar? Again, I’m not asking that you completely eliminate those activities from the start, but do insert a quick 10 minutes to an hour every evening or night instead of bing watching your favorite series on any of these platforms.
Look, you have to be very careful with what you’re doing with your time. Remember, you are business owner. You are your company’s CEO. Start taking matters into your own hands - and, by that I mean, start working and prioritizing what’s truly important. And, one of the tops things that should be on your mind is: working on your business, not just in it.
Well, that’s it for today. I wish you an excellent week! And, I’ll catch you on the next episode!
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