As creative entrepreneurs, we’re bursting with ideas and inspiration for our businesses.
But how do you find the time to make it happen? When there are so many other people and obligations vying for your time?
I’ve seen a lot of health coaches who have the passion – but can’t seem to get out of the starting blocks. Unfinished ideas. Pages of notes. Dreams and plans … but no action.
Don’t let this be you!
After all, if you’re committed to spreading health and wellness in the world – you need to create products and programs – and get the message out – so you can help as many people as possible!
It doesn’t do any good keeping all your knowledge and passion to yourself. It needs to be shared and spread and grown.
That’s why it’s so important to organise your days and weeks to build in time for your health + wellness business. Here’s what I recommend:
It starts with priorities.
I like to reexamine my priorities every quarter. What feels right to you? You might have shifting priorities by month, or quarter, or even set an intention for the entire year.
Take a look at the different areas of your life – what’s going well? What could use some attention? Where would you like to focus for this next period of time?
- career / business
- what other areas are in your life?
Your priorities give you a structure to organise your time and make decisions.
You should always start with your highest-priorities first when scheduling your day. Everything else fits around that.
Review your current commitments
Now dig out your calendar and see what you’re currently doing. For each activity, review it in line with your priorities. Does this activity serve you and your priorities? If not, is there a way you could reduce, delegate or even eliminate this activity?
Asking for help is important here. Maybe you could share or trade duties with a friend or your spouse. Maybe you could hire or outsource the work.
Look deeply into each commitment, as it might be supporting your priorities in an not-obvious way. For example, when I wanted to leave my corporate job, I often felt it was taking time away from my own business (and it was). But in another light, having a regular income was key to build up an emergency savings fund which eventually enabled me to switch careers.
Create a new prioritised schedule
It is absolutely key to schedule in your priorities.
Is health a priority? When is the best time for you to exercise? To relax? To shop for healthy food? Schedule it in.
If you are serious about growing your health & wellness business, you need to schedule in time every day (at least several times per week) to build your business.
Maybe that means waking up an hour earlier.
Or hiring a housecleaner and using those 2 hours per week on your business.
Each chunk of business time should have a clear purpose – 1 hour for marketing; 1 hour for blog writing; 1 hour for networking + connecting … don’t just open your computer and think “what should I work on today?”
Design a morning routine.
I’ve read that the most successful people try to minimise the amount of decisions they make. This saves their brainpower and decision-making ability for the really important things.
One super-effective way to do this, is through a morning routine.
Figure out the key elements for your own morning routine – and do them the same way, everyday.
My morning routine looks like this:
- wake up, refocus on my intention for the day
- Brush teeth / wash face
- 5-15 minutes of yoga / stretching
- eat a healthy breakfast
- shower / get dressed
- write down my top 3 priorities for the day
- start my day!
The whole thing takes about an hour, and yes, I did this even when I was working in a corporate job.
Your morning routine is going to look different. You might include different elements. You might go to the gym. You might have children to work around. So you need to create a morning routine that works for you.
The key is that you create a morning routine and do it everyday.
After a week of the morning routine, I found that it felt really good. I don’t even need to think in the morning, I just go through this routine and then save my brainpower to focus on my priorities. It’s enough of a decision to choose what to wear in the morning – I don’t want it to be any more complicated than that!
How do you find time to work on your business? Share your favorite tips in the comments!