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Today we are chatting about excuses. We all make them. It doesn’t matter what stage of business you are in we always have a period of time where we make excuses. I hear a lot of excuses from people I talk to on why something wasn’t done. I get frustrated because I typically want things for people and clients in my life more than they want it for themselves. I can see their amazing potential and what they could do with their life or business but I’m not them. I can’t want it more than they do. I can’t do it for them. If they don’t want it bad enough for themselves then I need to step back.
Let’s talk about tackling your excuses and what could be behind them. When I was just starting my business I had a fire under me like you wouldn’t believe…but I still made excuses. I think everyone makes excuses at some point. It doesn’t matter if you are just starting out or years into your business, we all make excuses at some point. Have you heard the saying if it’s important enough you will make the time, otherwise you will make an excuse? When people tell me they are too busy I think that “most” of the time they probably aren’t prioritizing their schedule. Don’t attack me with your “busyness.” I’m in groups where single mothers who work full time STILL find time to make their dreams happen.
Excerpt from Marie Forleo’s Book Everything is Figureoutable
Here’s what I hear from people whether it be business or life related – I’m too tired to work out, I know I just need to get started with social media but I just haven’t, I’ll get to my content but I have this, this and this to do first. Housework had to come before I could record a new video.
I can totally relate. I was WAY more productive when I worked full time and I was starting my business. I have two little kids at home as in 2 and 5 years old. I had a 6-month-old and 3.5 year old when I started my business. I knew I had a limited amount of time to work so I made sure I was super-efficient during the time I had. I stayed up late to work because well I had a 6-month-old. You don’t get up early when you are up all night every hour with a baby.
When I quit my job the kids were 1 and 4 and I thought I was going to get SO MUCH DONE. That’s a joke. Going from working since you were 16 to being at home with one child in preschool half the day was amazing but also not. I didn’t plan my days and decided to just wing everything. Winging it when you have little kids and when you think you have plenty of time doesn’t work. I was always just taking a break to watch TV. I was getting up from working to do laundry and dishes and anything else that needed to be done. I was taking naps with the baby. I was living my best LAZY life and realized real quick that I wasn’t getting much done. I wanted a successful business and I wanted to get as much work done as I could.
How much time you have is going to depend on what stage of life you are in. If you have a newborn baby at home then you need to give yourself some grace and know you won’t get as much done as someone who’s kids are in school all day and they have 8 hours to themselves. However, if you are really serious about what you want to get accomplished you will find the time.
Here’s how you are going to do it. Take 3-4 days and write down everything you do and for how long….literally everything. Then figure out where you are wasting time. You probably don’t need to watch 3 episodes of Friends each night. Unless you are a social media manager you don’t need to spend 3 hours scrolling through social media. You don’t need to do the laundry and dishes and vacuum and whatever else each day.
Here’s the thing…there will always be something that needs to be done. You need to grab a calendar and prioritize your schedule. If you schedule 2 hours to create content then don’t stop to do dishes and laundry. I don’t even look at laundry until Wednesday and Thursday. Those are my two days to do laundry. I will load the dishwasher at the end of the night and unload in the morning and that’s the extent of doing dishes for me now. I tidy up at the end of the night so that I am not thinking about it during the day. If it’s a disaster well then it’s going to stay a disaster.
Time block your schedule…if you are unfamiliar with the term it literally means block off chunks of time. You want to give yourself enough time to focus and finish the tasks you are writing down. Look at everything you need to do and start with the top 3 tasks that will move your business forward.
So let’s review – take a couple of days and write down everything you do. Identify where you are wasting your time and change it. You don’t need to be motivated to do it. Motivation won’t always be there. Just do it. The excuses are holding you back from everything you want to accomplish. Every step forward is moving you in the direction of your goals.
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