Recently I’ve been speaking with business owners who ask me how do I have time for the things that I love – like showing my horse. The answer is simple – I schedule that first.
Well, that could be the end of this article, but I’m guessing that for some there is still a struggle on how to really make this happen.
So let me start with this: What do you really want your life to look like? What are the things that are important to you – personally?
I’m not talking about whether the font is just right in your newsletter, or if the recorded audio has all of the uhms and ahs removed, I’m talking about what’s important to you personally in your life.
If you don’t know, or it gives you heart palpations to say it, take a moment. What is important?
Now pull out your calendar – be it a good old fashion wall calendar, a journal calendar, the calendar on your phone, or your computer, whatever you use for your calendar – and schedule in those important things.
For me – mine is horse shows. So early this year (January) I was scheduling in the different shows, clinics and horsey events that I wanted to participate in. I also scheduled buffer time around these events if there is travel time for example.
Depending on what’s important to you, your’s could be similar to mine, or much different. If exercising every day is important to you, schedule it in every day. If spending time with your family is important to you, schedule it in. If quiet time for reflection is important to you, schedule it in. Or perhaps it’s the vacation that you say every year you want to take, but never do because something else always creeps in.
And make sure that you set aside the time, not just set it up as a task in your calendar. This is often the common mistake that I see. Like for example, if I were attending a weekend show, it’s obviously going to be the whole weekend, so I wouldn’t just put a 30 minute appointment in my calendar on Saturday that says horse show.
If you do that, guess what happens, you don’t notice it there and then you get double-booked.
When a client wants to book an appointment with you, you don’t need to tell them that you’re doing something personal, you just need to say ‘sorry I’m not available – how about X?’
FREEDOM is something that we’re all striving for, yet we are not factoring it in to our schedule. If you want your business to support your lifestyle, then you need to define what that is and work your business around your life. When you do that, you can then define systems and processes to ensure that your lifestyle comes first.
And if not now, when?
We teach people how to treat us. And as a client so eloquently said the other day ‘we teach ourselves how to treat us.’
So teach yourself that your time is important to you and schedule those important things in your calendar now!