Two things that you need to keep in mind is that you are your most valuable asset and time is your most valuable resource.
There are only 24 hours a day but if you manage it right, it's more than enough. You cannot create time but you can create a lifestyle that allows you to spend more of it freely.
The term Work-Life Balance has been popular for quite some time now. But, what does that really mean?
Balance is doing things that add to my mental, physical, and emotional bandwidth, not just things that taking from it. I start my day for myself not to go to work. I work out and listen to podcast and books that inspire me creatively, I eat foods that boost my energy, I work in an organized environment and when I feel like quitting I remind myself of WHY I have to keep going.
To get results you have to ruthless! So how bad do you want or need that extra thousand dollars a month? What does starting that blog or business mean to you? What are you willing to trade for it?
Getting that morning workout means not staying up all night on the phone with my boo, listening to podcast and books during my commute to work instead of the radio, and getting a healthy meal means making time to meal prep instead of sitting in that line at popeyes for a chicken sandwich.
So will you give up to replace with the things that you always wanted? Will you get up at 3 a.m.? Will you end all subscriptions for 6 months and invest that money in promoting yourself? Will you stop using UberEats every weekend and save money by grocery shopping?
"You will never succeed if you put in work only on the days you feel like." - Unknown
The power is in your routine! Start with a plan and start small, from 30-minutes a day to 5 hours a week, and keep growing and adjusting. Be mindful that building too fast creates burnout. The key is PRIORITIZATION. Make launching your dream as important to you as your day job. Your employer will get 8-12 hours of work from you even if that's the only thing you do today. What will you do with the remaining 12-16 hours?
There are 168 hours in a week. The average person spends 40 at work and 56 sleeping. That leaves 72 hours, 3 days worth of time that you can strategically use to reach your goals. What are you waiting for? PRIORITIZE, PRIORITIZE, PRIORITIZE!
PREP - Research, materials, tools, and/or vision board, inspiration
LIST OUT THE STEPS - make a to-do list, mind map, order them in respect to priority
ANNOTATE time projected and completion time for each task. This will make it easier to schedule future events. This will help you block time more accurately.
Now EXECUTE, EXECUTE, EXECUTE - Small changes over time are the best plan of attack for a new venture. Too much, too soon makes it hard to track the source of specific results.