In the middle of a pandemic, I decided that I wanted to start my own business. With a large family, it is hard to balance family and business. The main thing I found out is, if you want to be successful, don’t have kids. Seriously though, if you’re thinking that your start-up is going to need 12 hours a day to get started-up then you’re out of your mind.
It’s not fair to your family or your spouse to follow your dreams and leave them alone for 12 hours a day. If you’re considering starting your own business, then you should consider starting something that works within your timeframe. Time is the only thing that you don’t get back in life so let’s make the best use of it.
Being inspired by great entrepreneurs I had originally sent my goals to accomplish a lot in a small amount of time. I quickly found out that with a large family of six children that I was not able to apply myself to my craft as much as I wanted to. This has caused a lot of stress amongst my family while I tried to create a business from scratch.
By late 2020 my mindset was
“If I didn’t have a family, I would have time to get this business going so that I could provide for my… family”– Me 2020
As 2021 got started, we were still struggling while I worked small jobs here and there. I started working 12 hours a day, but at the end of the day, I had realized what I had sacrificed to work. Instead of trying to push more hours for a small amount of money I set forth on how to better optimize my time.
Thanks for reading with me and let’s continue into how I found the best way to optimize my time.
Ways to Better Use Your Time
Working for 8 to 12 hours straight “putting out fires” or “doing what came up” led to a long day with little results. What I found worked better was working short sprints of 1 to 2 hours at a time to focus on 1 topic, then going and spending 1 to 2 hours with the family, then back to work.
This can only be done by implementing the very complicated time management technique of using an hourly organizer. I’ve read in many different books “use a calendar instead of using a list” and I’ll tell you, it’s much harder to do than you think. It requires discipline and planning.
Sticking to your goals and plans takes a lot of discipline without a family, but even more so with a large family. There are days that the kids are a high demand on your mind, but your clients are still expecting results. These particular days require more focus and concentration than ever.
Let’s pick this up in my next blog post.