When I posted the survey last month a lot of people answered that they have trouble making/finding time to work on their blog or business.
Prior to making the escape, I worked a full-time job, managed design clients, an Etsy shop, wrote blog posts, performed and taught aerial classes. It was a tremendous amount of work, but every single one of those things was important to me and so I planned my days and I created time.
The best way to find extra time is to track how you’re spending every minute of your day. How long does it take to get ready in the morning? What do you do when you come home at night? What are you doing the last hour before bed? How about weekends?
It’s especially important to recognize how you are spending your time online because I know how Facebook and Pinterest can be an enormous time-suck. Networking is important but if it’s at the expense of working on your own business then it’s worthless.
To figure out exactly where your time is going try keeping a notepad with you for a couple days or log what you’re doing all day on your phone. Then evaluate which parts of your day could have been used in a more productive way. 20 minutes looking through photos on Instagram could easily turn into a brainstorming session, a blog post, keeping up with accounting or even a much needed nap.
When I look at my days I know I need to be better about putting down my phone and getting to sleep at a decent hour so I can start my days earlier. And now that I’m aware of what I’m doing with my time online I’m getting pretty good about staying out of the Facebook black hole.
Have you ever tracked how you spend your time?