Whenever I’m speaking to someone who is interested in learning more about what I do, the number one concern is always about the amount of time it takes to build a health + fitness influencing business. To be honest, it was one of MY main concerns when I was considering becoming a coach! I was already working full time, volunteer with the school, sports, and the non-profit I worked for, chasing after two boys while attempting to keep some assemblance of an orderly household; how on earth could I fit one MORE thing into my life?!
However, I knew that the pay off, for making some sacrifices, would be worth it. We have big goals for our family and I knew that having the freedom of time and finances to be able to realize those goals was worth the effort it would take to properly manage my time and MAKE this business work!
So, today, I’m going to share my top FIVE Time Management tips for making a side-hustle work around a busy schedule!
My first tip is: Get very clear on WHY you are doing this and what sacrifices you are willing to make to be successful.
As I’ve already mentioned, for our family, having to sacrifice and hustle for a short amount of time, in order to have the big pay off in the end, is 100% worth it. I have to always be crystal clear on my VISION for this business because there WILL be days when I’m too tired, or have other social events, or want to do something else; I need to be able to bring myself back to WHY I’m making the sacrifices.
Be realistic about what you CAN sacrifice to put an hour or two into your business every day. For me, I was willing to sacrifice an hour of sleep and get up an hour before my family to get some work done before our day began. I was also willing to sacrifice my TV time in the evenings to get some work in after the boys went to bed.
As a family, we also had to discuss what I was doing and why it was important because my family was going to be making some sacrifices, as well. My husband helps by cleaning up after dinner and getting the kids ready for bed because he knows that, in a couple of years, my business will be in a place where I don’t need to work in the evenings anymore and the pay off for our family will outweigh that sacrifice.
Something I am not willing to sacrifice is family dinner time or Sunday activities with my family. This means that I have to be laser focused on business building activities during my designated work times so that I don’t fall behind when I step away from my business for family time.
The last part of this first tip is this; set office hours for your business. Even if it’s 6:00 am to 7:00 am or 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm + 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm, or whatever you’ve decided on, set them and stick to them. Make the people in your life aware of these hours so that they learn to respect those times but also, when your office hours are done, shut down your work and be full present with your family. Make sure that, when you ARE working, you are doing the necessary business building activities to ensure that you are NOT wasting that time that you are sacrificing other things for.
Second tip: Brain Dump
Each week, take a piece of paper and write down EVERYTHING that you need to do for the coming week. All family appointments, household chores, daytime job tasks, business activities, date night, etc; write down everything.
Next, on a new sheet of paper, write down some categories — family, household, personal, day job, and business — and re-list your brain dump tasks under the appropriate category, in order of importance.
Getting everything out of your head and onto paper will make it so much more manageable and, truly, it doesn’t feel like so much when it’s all out there.
Tip #3: Schedule in Time Blocks
Grab a calendar or agenda (I use google calendars) and start by writing in the absolute non-negotiable appointments for the week; daytime job, doctor’s appointments, kids activities, etc. Make sure you leave some buffer time for travel and prep for these appointments.
Next, set aside chunks of time for the things you really need to do; your workout, personal development, meditation, morning routine, bedtime routine, weekly meal planning, grocery shopping, budget + bills, meal prep + eating time, etc. Don’t forget any extra time you may need to prepare for these as well.
Now, you should be left with a clear picture of how much time you have in your day for your business. Some of you may have full hour chunks of time where you can work on your business while others may have to split your activities into 15 or 30 minute pockets of time throughout the day. Set out your business hours for the week and mark them in your calendar like a NON-NEGOTIABLE appointment.
Tip Four: Daily Activities
Now you can take your brain dump category list and your schedule and start allocating the tasks you need to accomplish throughout the week, into each block!
For example, when I was still working full time, I tried to block two hours of time each day for growing my business. My first hour in the day, I followed a check list of set business building activities that we called a “Power Hour”. However, during my second hour of the day, this is where I would schedule in 2 or 3 of my “Brain Dump” tasks that I wanted to accomplish throughout the week. Things like creating meal plans for clients, putting together free resources, writing my newsletter, drafting a blog post, etc.
Tip Five: Stay on Track but be flexible
Not every week is going to be perfect and I still analyze and change my schedule every Sunday for the following week, depending on what I have going on that week. While it’s important to actually STICK to the schedule to adequately manage your time, keep in mind that if something comes up, you have the flexibility to change your own schedule and move things as necessary.
Bonus Tip: Work in the NET (No Extra Time)
For things like listening to personal development books or trainings, I always download the book, podcast, or audio onto my phone or laptop and listen while I’m getting ready in the morning, driving, in the shower, cooking dinner, etc. It’s amazing how much you can learn + accomplish when you pop in some ear buds 😉
When I first started this business, I worked 1-2 hours per day, 6 days a week on my business. Because I was disciplined with doing my daily activities and diligent in making the best use of my time while I was working, I was able to grow my business quickly. In just 9 months, I handed in my notice at my full time job and now, because of the sacrifices I made then, I am able to schedule my days however I need them to work for my family and my business.
All of the babes in my new coach mentorship program are taught time management tips & strategies and we really go into what will work best for their own personal lives and schedules.
This business has the opportunity to change your life, if you’re willing to put in the work to make it happen! I’m currently looking for other driven, passionate, hard working women to join our team of health + fitness influencers! Training is provided and no experience is necessary! If you are a self-starter, willing to work on your own health journey and share about it, and have a heart for helping others, get in touch with me to set up an online interview!