I think most people would agree that what you achieve in life has a lot to do with what you primarily focus your time and energy on. So if you’re not happy with your life, if you don’t have enough money, or if you get up in the morning dreading going to work, its time to ask yourself some tough questions. What is the primary focus of your life? Are you like most Americans that spend an average of thirty-four hours a week watching TV? Did you know that the most popular television show right now is Dancing With The Stars. Now I can see maybe spending an hour or two a week watching some mindless dribble or a football game. But 34 hours a week! Just think what you could accomplish with that amount of time! And the time wasting doesn’t end with television. Right now, there are over 1.4 billion Facebook users in the world. On average these users spend over 15 hours a month on Facebook. We all know people that spend a lot more that. How many of those hours do you think are productive? Most likely the vast majority of time spent on Facebook is spent putting up displays of pictures and gossip. So if you are into social networking in a major way, I would urge you to take a serious inventory of what all this activity on Facebook, Twitter, etc., is really accomplishing. Is it helping you achieve your God-given potential? Are all of these activities getting you closer to financial independence? Are they propelling you towards a life in which you can’t wait to get out of bed and engage in work or activities that bring you a deep level of pride and satisfaction? If not, its time to create a time budget.
Creating a time budget is very similar to making a budget regarding your finances. Time, like money, is very valuable. If you squander it, you’ll get down to the end of your life with lots of regrets and not many options. Being aware of your big time wasters is half the battle. Now I’m not saying that you should stop watching television all together. Just keep in mind that there is a cost in lost time that can never be retrieved or bought back. You only have so much time in this world. Over a third of it is spent sleeping. For most of us, another third is spent working. That remaining third is all you got left for accomplishing your goals, loving your friends and family and crossing things off your bucket list before you die. Knowing this, you have to ask yourself is watching Dancing With The Stars, The Bachelorette or America’s Got Talent really worth it?
Since over a third of our day is spent working, one way to really get the most out of the time that’s allotted to you is to find work that you’re passionate about. People that love their work are really blessed. Pulling off this feat usually requires that you to take deliberate steps to acquiring this goal. For many, it will require that they ultimately become their own boss. In doing so, they can shape their life so that it gives them maximum enjoyment and a deep sense of satisfaction.
Now I’m not saying that it’s impossible to be happy unless you’re self-employed. I’m just suggesting that it’s more difficult when you have less control of your work life. When you are your own boss you can choose work that is centered around your interests and passions. You also have total control of where you live and work, when you work and who you work with.
Now if you are like most of us, you probably don’t have the financial resources to quit your job and launch a full-time pursuit in starting your own business. As a result, you will need to pursue your dream of self employment more slowly until your new business has sufficiently strong legs to stand on its own. Initially, when you are in transition from being an employee to being totally self employed you will need to make sacrifices. Squandering your free time will not be an option! As a result, you must be prepared to fight your past tendencies to pop a beer and watch the game or fritter away the hours surfing the net with no real purpose in mind. You also have to accept that initially you will have to borrow time from other activities such as sleep or time with friends and family in order to accomplish your business goals. Keep reminding yourself that ultimately the pendulum will swing back over to more family time and leisurely pursuits once you have a mature and stable business and you can quit your job.
So how do you stay on track and budget your time wisely in order to successfully launch your new business? One of the most important things you need to do is define your business goals. They need to be concise and concrete. They need to be motivating! You need to be able to picture future self actually living the reality that you’re determined to create.
Having goals is not enough. You need to define the necessary steps that need to be accomplished in order to bring them into fruition. This is done by describing the milestones required to accomplishing your ultimate goals. Having milestones will help you keep your focus laser sharp. Remember to celebrate accomplishing your milestones since their achievement means you are getting that much closer to your ultimate goal.
Writing down your business goals and milestones transforms them from “gee wouldn’t it be nice” to “now I know what I want and what I need to do to make it happen”. It takes it to a whole different level. In the business world, this is accomplished by writing your business plan. One very helpful website that can help you carry out this important task is NewBusinessCreator.com. This website will provide you with all of the essential information you will need to know to start and launch a new business. All this knowledge is offered in easily understandable videos and corresponding narratives.
After writing your business plan you will need to build your business team. Unlike most job listing sites, EmployAPro.com is geared towards finding skilled workers that are looking for opportunities in new businesses and startup companies. This site will also help you find freelancers that can help you accomplish short term goals.
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In summary, its time to focus on creating your new business. NewBusinessCreator.com can help you create and implement your business plan so that it can be accomplished in as a short time as possible. The tools are all there. All that’s required is for you to pick them up and use them.