Wow, can you believe we are in August already? I’ve been catching up on some reading and found this amazing book written by Scott Duffy ” Launch – The critical 90 days from idea to market”. I came across this book as part of the research I’m doing about developing small business owners. The book is written in a really user friendly manner by someone who talks like an entrepreneur and not a lecturer.
One of the key concepts discussed in this book is how we, as entrepeneurs/mompreneurs/business owners manage our time – especially when it come to exercise. Now I just hang on a second before you start running away from time management.
I’ve personally been struggling with this aspect.
Where do I find the time to exercise when I’ve got clients to see, proposals to write, kids to cart around, do shopping and maintain a household?
I think about this every morning as I pass a bunch of runners and cyclists on my way to drop the kids at school. How come these people can find the time to exercise and I just don’t seem to be able to figure it out? What are they doing that I am not doing?
I’ve worked with my own coach (more than one) to help me figure this out and find a way that works. I’ve even coached clients on this particular aspect, because I’m all about “freeing up more time”. It’s a case of Physician – heal thyself!
Whilst reading Mr Duffy’s book, I was struck by a thought. Not just a tiny “Hmm, that’s interesting” type of thought, but a “holy moly – I finally get it” type of thought. You see, I am in charge of my time. Did you get that? Who is in charge of my time? – I AM.
I am the one saying yes to appointments when I should be saying no. I am the one who decides what time our household wakes up in the morning. I am the one who gives the client a time to meet. I am the one promising to deliver on a project by a certain date. I am the one who decided that dinner should be at a certain time. I am the one….it is me. I’m controlling what happens in my day. Holy, moly! I finally get it.
I am in charge of my time
As the business owner and CEO of my own life, I get to design the business and my life around what suits me. It took me a while to fully realise this. In the past I tended to schedule my day around everyone else’s needs – trying to squeeze in a million things ( half of which I should not be doing myself in the first place!). And now I get to design my business and life according to how I want to live it. I’m taking things a slower pace, allowing myself time to think before I respond to any request.
So….how would your life be different if you realised that you are in charge of your time?