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How To Run Your Business
And STILL Enjoy Your Summer In 7 Simple Steps
Summer is in full swing.
It’s also the time that many network and Internet marketers begin
to slack off, which creates the ideal playing field for those who
realize how important it is to keep working.
(more on that another time)
But can you continue to move your business forward and STILL
enjoy your summer?
The answer is YES!
It IS possible to take care of business activities with plenty
of time left for fun in the sun.
About “Time Management”
First, I’d like to suggest that the phrase, “Time Management”
can actually work against us by subtly removing the responsibility
Let me explain…
We all have the exact same number of hours in a day, days in a week,
And there is absolutely NOTHING that any of us can do to change that
or prevent time from passing.
Yet many people accomplish TONS on a daily/weekly basis while others
seem to be at a virtual standstill.
Ever notice that folks never seem to get anything done will nearly
always point to “not having enough time” as one of their primary
reasons for their lack of accomplishment?
Constantly telling ourselves (and others) “I’m just not good at time
management,” only reinforces the notion that we aren’t responsible
or that there’s some magic formula we need.
Sure, there are “time management” tricks and skills that we can
develop, but accept the fact that NO ONE can “manage” time.
What we CAN do is manage OURSELVES in the time that we’re all given.
And that’s just a matter of planning and self discipline.
“Chunking” Your Time
I found the solution to running a successful business and still
having the time to enjoy life…which is why I started my own business
in the first place…was to divide my week into sections, or “chunks”
that create a template for all my activities, both business and personal.
It’s a simple process, but I suggest you set aside at least 30 minutes
during which you’ll be free from interruptions and distractions.
Then follow these steps:
1) Draw or print a weekly calendar on a blank piece of paper listing the
days of the week across the top and the hours in the day down the left side.
You may want to exclude the hours when you’re normally sleeping.
Note: There are many free printable calendars online. Just type
“free printable calendar” into Google.
2) Block out all the time for your regular activities. i.e. mealtime,
work, church, grocery shopping, personal/self-development time, etc.
3) Now look at all the activities you already know about. Weddings,
birthday parties, kids’ ball games, etc. and block the times they would
4) Decide which day(s) and time(s) you want to block time for “summer fun,”
you know…splashing in the pool, having friends over for a BBQ, that sort
of thing. And be realistic here. If you normally engage in these activities
three times a week, block out three time chunks.
5) Look over your page and assign at least one “chunk” per day for your
business. During these times, do NOTHING ELSE but those activities that
will grow your business and generate income. This is NOT the time to learn
a new skill or make your blog look pretty. These hours are for prospecting,
recruiting, marketing, etc.
6) Based on your chosen prospecting/marketing methods, assign SPECIFIC
activities to each time chunk. For example, if you’ve blocked Mon through
Friday from 1 to 4 for working your business, you may list “call prospects”
in the 1:00 to 2:00 pm slot every day and “video marketing” in the 3:00 to
4:00 pm spot on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Again, be realistic and
don’t assign tasks that you likely won’t do.
7) Stick to your schedule. It may take some self-discipline initially,
but working your business during the times you’ve blocked for it is CRITICAL
to your success.
And let those close to you know that during these times you aren’t available
for drop -in visits, chatting on the phone and the like. You are at WORK…
for yourself and your future.
Enjoy Your Summer
If you’re like most people, you’ll find that you actually have more time than
you thought to work your business, and now that you have a guide in front of
you, it’s simply a matter of following it.
Learn to manage yourself in the time you have and you’ll be able to move
your business forward this summer while everyone else is goofing off.
When you’ve outlined specific times to do what you need to do…and stick
to them…you’ll be surprised at how much you’ll be able to accomplish AND
enjoy your summer at the same time!!
Do you do something specific that helps you manage yourself and your
business activities? Leave a comment below.
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