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You work a full-time job but really want to start an online business or side hustle. You’re excited about the idea of creating your own online business and a second income source for your family. Or maybe even replacing your current fulltime position.
This should be easy! I’ll just do what I can when I can while working from home.
Then it happens. Life! Long hours spent on your full-time job, commuting to and from work then turns into missed opportunities and progress in your new side hustle.
Now you are thinking; GEEZ is this online thing as hard for everyone else as it has been for me?
When I combined the time needed for my kids, homework, sports, dinner, cleaning, time at work, and time spent on my online business, it all seemed like way too much to deal with. Now my head is spinning, and I am overwhelmed!
Overwhelm, and procrastination are 1st cousins. Days and hours have passed, and I have not done anything in weeks to move my business forward. You began to feel like such a failure. You’re going nowhere fast, and your new business is suffering. Can you relate? You are failing, and you may have to “close the doors” to your new online business (FACEPALM).
Don’t do it!
I have a solution.
You can do it, all of it, and become wildly successful at it too! It’s been done before so no need to recreate the wheel. You just need to make a schedule that works for you and your life!
I learned very quickly that you could not just create a successful online business in your spare time. It requires consistent content creation, networking, and marketing to get and keep eyes on my content and offers.
You have to decide how important it is to you and then put in the necessary work and stop procrastinating.
I find that procrastination and overwhelm occurs when you have so much to do and no plan on how and when to do it.
Think about it. I bet your current employer has a schedule and list of job duties for you to do throughout your workday. You must create a similar workflow for your life and business.
Let’s start with your Mandatory list of to do’s.
What does your schedule look like from Monday – Sunday for the upcoming week? Block off the time needed for you to do the things that you must do first. For example, drop the kids off at school, go to work, attend sports events, ect. Then block off the time you have left to complete the tasks needed to run your business. Make this time non-negotiable and remain clocked in until you clock out!
It helps to get your daily to-dos written out on paper, and out of your brain just circulating around. If I could visualize my mind overwhelmed with things for me to do… that’s how I envision it. No plan just a bunch of ideas. My brain – full of every random thought I have ever given it.
Get those thoughts/ideas written down before you forget them.
Procrastination occurs when you are so overwhelmed that you then avoid doing what you know you have to do. I have been there, and once I implemented this strategy, it made a ton of difference in my progress and productivity.
Download my Block Schedule Template below!
Use this template to block off the time you may need to complete what’s necessary for your business.
Now on scratch paper, write down what you need to do each week in your business.
- Write your blog post.
- Record a live video.
- Create content for your Podcast
- Write your weekly newsletter or broadcast to your email list.
- Network and collaborate with others in your niche
- Serve and help potential clients
- Plan your social posts
- Pinning on Pinterest
- Tweaking your Website
- Creating your freebies or opt-ins
- Respond to comments
- Reply to emails
- Host discovery calls for you coaching business
- Coach your one on one clients
Whatever your online business looks like for you. Once you have all the tasks listed that you must do on a weekly basis, then plug those tasks into the highlighted “business” blocks on your schedule.
A goal without a plan is just a wish.
Keep in mind the hours YOU are most productive. Are you an early bird or a night owl? Do you want to get up 2-3 hours earlier each morning, stay up late, or commit to the weekends to batch creating content for your business? Regardless, if this is important to you, and you have other obligations, then you must sacrifice your time and even sleep to make it happen.
Prioritize your tasks during your most productive times of the day. If you are a writer and are more creative, complete those tasks earlier in the day when you are more focused.
Save the things that don’t require much energy or brainpower for last like commenting, creating pin images, and replying to emails.
Once you know what hours you have that you can commit to your business, use a highlighter to block off that time on your schedule from Monday to Sunday. You may be surprised to see how much time you actually do have available! Maybe you have been wasting precious time by not being intentional with your time or having a real plan, in the first place.
Download my time blocking schedule and begin to plan and prioritize your weeks and increase your productivity.