When you run out of time…

Mar 02

 

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Here I am, again, after a couple of months since my last blog post. I’m really sorry for that, because I always talk about organization, goal setting, blog post writing in advance… and then I’m the first who is caught in the trap of time. But please, tell me if you’ve never be caught in such a trap, too!

The point is that in September I started a new working experience in a school, and I’m still there, probably until June. The weeks pass by and I even don’t see them! I’m too busy preparing texts, examinations, lessons and of course, correcting those texts, participating in meetings and so on and so forth. Plus, I’m still active with my translation activity, so you can imagine how little time I have for all the rest (namely, blog posts, marketing, advertising, etc.). I keep telling myself that when I have a little bit of time I need to organize all these things, but it happens that I’m too tired for all this, so I end up sitting on the sofa with two kids screaming and playing around me 🙂

All that said, I wonder if there is a solution to the lack of time and to organize all the thousand things a business needs in order to go on and prosper. And no, unfortunately at the moment I can’t afford a virtual assistant to do those things for me, so what? What can be the solution? I’ve been thinking a lot about this, and I found a number of key points to consider:

  1. first of all, considered I have two jobs at the moment, is it worth continuing with both or not? My answer to this question is absolutely yes, because my school job is not a safe one, I might finish in June, and that’s it. I may start again next September but who knows? So I have to maintain both jobs, with much effort and sacrifice, sure, but I have to;
  2. secondly, is it really impossible to find a small amount of time during the week for the marketing stuff of my business? Well, actually, yes. Considered I have a family, two kids, a house to run… it’s very difficult to do all this, also because, as everybody needs, I also need to sleep every now and then!
  3. thirdly, I have some days off from school, so I thought I could use them to organize all the stuff, but again, the problem is always the same: if I’m not at school, I have some translation projects to work on, clean the house, prepare lunch and dinner, go and pick up the kid at school, etc.

So, I started surfing the net in search for a solution and I found an interesting article: Stop Saying You Don’t Have Time to Start a Business. Make Time With These 6 Tips.

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Even if it’s particularly addressed to those people who want to start their own business (I’ve already started mine, you know), some tips opened my eyes:

  • what if I cut down the time I use on Facebook (just for the sake of curiosity, not because I’m running ads or stuff like that);
  • what if I get up a bit earlier in the morning (not going to bed late at night because at 9 pm I’m already sleeping on the sofa… LOL)?; 
  • what if I reduce my lunchtime and devote some 30 minutes to my business? 

Ok, I know it’s not much, but I believe that it’s a simple strategy that can work in the medium-long term. Of course it needs effort and sacrifice, but that’s the price if you want to have a successful business. So, why not give it a try? I want to implement these very simple tips and see if I can find a balance and if my current situation is improved. 

Please, leave a comment below and tell me how you manage the lack-of-time problem, if you have it, too. What strategies do you implement? Do you have a specific daily schedule to follow? Do you really stick to it?

 

About the Author

Irene Acler is a professional English-Spanish to Italian translator, committed to support companies in entering the Italian market, and a language&business coach, passionate about helping people start their own online business, make it up and running and achieve success.