A month ago, I had asked the following question both on my Facebook Page and on Twitter: “Which do you need more of: ideas, or time to implement your ideas?”
Within 20 minutes, I had received over 50 responses. Ahh, the power of social media.
95% of the respondents said that what they all needed was more time. Here are some direct quotes from a few of the respondents:
“Time, by far. I have ideas by the minute.”
“Definitely time. It’s always easier to just stand at the staircase, than climb it.”
“…Ideas come and go, but time…blessed time!”
“Time…the precious commodity.”
Obviously, this was not a formal survey. It was just a question I had asked my specific group of followers on two social media platforms – so don’t think that 95% of all people in the world would have responded the same way. I think the thing to take away from this is simply that time is something we all wish we had more of.
Imagine what we could all do if there was just one extra hour in each day.
Unfortunately, we’re stuck with 24 hours, so it’s how we utilize those 24 hours that becomes the important factor that determines how successful we will be, with whatever it is we want to achieve. Luckily, there are things we can do to improve how we utilize our time, so it will seem like we’re actually getting more work done in the same period of time.
The following are some things you can do during the day to get that extra hour (or more) that you need to work on your own online businesses or blogs:
1. Know When You Work Best
This tip comes from a good friend of mine who is wisely “hacking” his time to start his own online business, so I can’t take credit for it myself.
If you work a 9 to 5 job, you know that during some parts of your work day, you’re super productive and “on point”, while during other times of the day, you’re sluggish and don’t seem to have very much energy to do anything. Take of note of when you’re the most productive, and utilize that time for your online business.
During this peak performance period, take time off of working for “the man”, and start working for yourself. Spend 30 minutes or an hour on your own stuff, and make up the time in some other part the day.
Many people find that when they first get to work in the morning, they are the most energetic and productive. However, “work” doesn’t seem to start until an hour later anyways because people are coming in late, checking emails, chatting about last night’s game – whatever.
What if you came into work and instead of doing all of those things, concentrated on your own stuff instead? I’m sure many of you, like my friend, will find that you can get a lot more done for your online business at the start of your day, rather than at the end of it after a long day’s work.
Of course, you’ll have to make sure that you are allowed to make up the hours you work for yourself later – maybe by cutting down your hour long lunch, skipping your 15 minute breaks, or spending more time at work (or a combination of each).
If you can’t stay later for whatever reason, why not come in an hour earlier?
2. Don’t Waste Your Dead Time
Dead time is time that you spending doing something where active thought from your brain isn’t constantly required. For example:
- Running/Working Out
- Taking a Shower/Bath
- Other Mundane, Repetitive Tasks
Yes, I know – you need your brain to drive, but driving eventually becomes so second nature to us that we aren’t required to constantly think about how to do it.
Dead time by itself is wasted time. Time that we can never get back.
If your commute to work is 30 minutes, that’s an hour each day spent in your car. Are you doing anything to make that time useful? Many of you, I’m sure, are probably not. Listening to Taylor Swift or Lady Gaga will not improve your online business.
So what can you do during dead time that’s useful?
The easiest thing that you can do is to educate yourself with either podcasts or audiobooks. You can’t (or shouldn’t) really do tasks that require the computer (except maybe eating – i.e. take a bite, write a paragraph, take a bite, etc.), but listening to podcasts or books that will later improve the performance of you and/or your business will help tremendously.
Whenever I drive alone or go to the gym, I play a Seth Godin audiobook or an Internet Business Mastery podcast on my iPhone and just soak it all in.
Search through the iTunes directory for podcasts (which are free) and audiobooks (most you have to pay to get) related to internet business, blogging and whatever your niche is about, to spend those extra 300+ hours a year in your car doing use something for your business.
If you really want your online business to succeed and you really don’t have enough time, you’re going to have to make some sacrifices to make it work. Here is a list of a few things that you could possibly cut from your daily routine to find that extra hour a day you need:
- Video Games
- Facebook / Twitter (you know you could cut out some time from this…)
That being said, don’t sacrifice things that you love, which may seem like they can be added onto this like – like time with your spouse or kids.
Do you really love video games that much?
4. Work More Efficiently
This is an obvious statement, but many of us are so used to doing things a certain way that we never consider that there may be an easier way to do things. Some of us may even know that there are easier ways to do certain things, but we don’t do it that way because we’re either too scared to figure it out (aka. change is bad), or we’re too stubborn to learn something new.
If something can improve your business and your output, why would you not do it?
As far as a list of ways to work more efficiently, there are far too many for this particular blog post. I’ll have that to you in a later post. 🙂
5. Have Fun With What You’re Doing
If you’re having fun with what you’re doing, you’ll be able to get more (and better) work done.
You like what you’re doing, you’re excited to see the results, so there’s nothing holding you back. Remember this the next time you’re struggling with a blog post, or trying to figure out your next move with your online business.
That’s why writing blog posts like this come really easy for me. It’s fun!
Lastly, I would just like to say thanks to everyone who sent me their best wishes and congratulatory remarks these past few days regarding the birth of my new baby boy. My wife April and our son, Keoni, are both doing just fine at home now. It was seriously the most amazing thing that’s every happened to me in my entire life, and I can’t wait to Crush it even harder in 2010 for his sake.
Life truly is beautiful.
P.S. What are some techniques that you use to get that extra hour of work in that you need?