My time got pretty tight over the past few months.
I was working on my online business. I did all the foundation work for the past two years, so now it's much easier for me to manage since I worked with my coach. She advised that I should set up Fiverr and Upwork accounts to gain clients. I wasn't too fond of this, but I followed her instruction. BAM! I got a longterm client from Fiverr who was paying me in US dollars every week. The thing is she needed me to work for her 10 hours a week. I worked that out to be 2 hours on a workday. Sounds great. I accepted.
This semester I'm doing 3 courses for the first time. If I think about it, I need at least an hour a day for each subject to keep ahead of things. Three hours a day. No problem.
I have 2 other businesses with my husband which I think I need 2 hours a day to keep things current. No problem.
I was invited to become a contributing blog writer for www.bossbabe.com. Awesome! That would take at least 1 hour a day to fulfill my obligation. Yes!
I have 4 young kids that need my attention so I figured I needed at least 2 hours after school between 5-7pm to handle them all. No problem.
I am a wife, so I need to make sure the house is clean, meals are prepared, and the home is running smoothly. Thinking about it, I need at lest 2 - 3 hours a day to to all those household tasks. Umm......okay.
I am spiritually grounded, so I need at least an hour to journal and for prayer. Okay. That's a must.
I got offered a corporate job last month that I could not refuse. Wait.....what? That's 8 hours! How was I going to handle all these commitments! In this day of so-called recession, I had to make some serious decisions. My time over money!
I can tell you it was not easy. I got very frustrated. The first thing I had to do was figure out what I needed to let go in order to be effective. The hardest decision I had to make was to put my online business that I worked so hard to build over the past two years on hold. I also archived all my groups and stores. I only left my Fanpage up. I simply could not dedicate the time.
My husband and myself decided he will handle the family business and I would only come in for administrative and Social Media work. He would also help out more at home (priceless!). I rearranged my school timetable to 2 subjects a day. Great move.
I kept the private client until the end of October. Even though she was paying me in US dollars, I was becoming so distracted from my school work and at my new job. I gave up that extra money for my time and sanity.
So, making those decisions have made me a happier and less-stressed woman. I am not at peace and I'm ready to give my whole self to what I am doing at any moment.
Life comes with decisions. Making money should be effortless when you act smart. Never sacrifice your sanity for working overtime. You will be ineffective and very stressed.
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