Where do you find the time to blog?
One of the reasons I moved my business online is because I wanted to spend more time with my family.
I come from a “traditional” business background where everything was discussed face to face in end-less boardroom meetings.
My coaching was also taking place face to face and I probably spent more time in my car, stuck in traffic, driving to meetings than actually growing my business.
When Ameena and I moved to the South of France I tried to reconcile living and running a business on a different continent. This wasn’t fun.
In 2010, with the birth of my daughter I decided to move by business online.
How to find the time
Since both Ameena and I are working full time on our businesses but we also want to spend most of her waking hours with our daughter, we are very strict about the way we spend our time.
Early mornings are spent with her. A nanny looks after her 3 days a week for three- hours in the morning.
This is our creating content and working on client business time. Remember the blog isn’t the business.
We have three hours of solid work from 9 to noon and we make sure we achieve at least two to three tasks in that duration.
The evening hours from 7pm are dedicated to client calls and answering emails.
Finding the time is the easy part.
Making sure you cut out all distractions (emails, phones, Skype, social media) during that time is the tough but necessary discipline required to achieve results.
Set a time for each tasks.
Blogging, social media, email, put a number of minutes besides each one.
I like to use a small egg-timer to make sure I stay on track and only spend the allocated time for each task.
Find your space
The space in which we create is important. Some can work in coffee shops and need the hustle and bustle around them, I can’t.
We have completly refurbished the first floor of our house to accomodate a library, two workstations and my yoga matt.
Having that space helps cut-out outside interferences and is a “protected area”.
If one of us is sitting at their desk, the other person respects their space and leaves them alone.
This is critical especially when you work from home and as a couple.
Are you finding it hard to cut-off from the rest of the house and your family when you write a post?
- Try setting down a set of ground rules about your “working space”, it can be anywhere, just choose one.
- Make sure you are clear about how long you are going to be “off the grid” and WHEN you will be finished
Implementing these simple rules has helped us spend more time with our daughter, avoid many disputes and also achieve our business goals.
We choose to spend our time the way we want to.
How are you choosing to spend yours?
What do you NOT have time to do?