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How to reorganize your time to accommodate a home based business
HOW TO REORGANIZE YOUR TIME TO ACCOMMODATE A HOME-BASED BUSINESS
Almost everyone needs or wants more money coming in, and with this
desire most would like to start some sort of extra income-producing
project. The trouble is, not many of these people seem able to fit
"a second job" into their time schedules.
It's true that most people are busy, but extra time for some sort of
home-based extra income-producing project can almost always be
found. It may mean giving up or changing a few of your favorite
pastimes - such as having a couple of beers with the guys or
watching TV - but if you score big with your extra income project,
you will have all the time you want for doing whatever you want to
The first thing to do is to sit down with pencil and paper and list
your daily schedule. What time do you wake up? Then step-by-step,
list everything you do each day. Most people will find that they
have about three hours each day that can be utilized in a more
constructive or efficient manner. As we've noted above, you may
have to give up the time you waste in your local pub or a few
television programs you watch, but it will be worth it in the long
Efficient time management boils down to planning what you're going
to do, and then doing it without backtracking. Start by making a
list of the things you want to do tomorrow, each evening before you
go to bed. Schedule your trips to the store or wherever to coincide
with the other things you have to do, and with your trips to or from
work. Organize your trips to take care of as many things as
possible while you're out of the house. Take stock of the time you
spend standing around shooting the breeze - especially the time you
spend on the telephone - and eliminate all that isn't necessary.
Whatever chores you have to do at home, set aside a specific time to
do them, and a specific amount of time to devote to them. For
instance, just one hour a day devoted to yard work would probably
make your property the envy of all your neighbors. Don't try to do
a week's work in one big flurry. Whether it's painting your house,
fixing leaky faucets, or mowing your lawn and trimming your shrubs,
do a part of it, or one particular job each day, and you'll be
amazed at your progress.
Take care of all your mail the day you receive it. Don't let those
bills and letters pile up on you. If you're unable to pay a bill
immediately, file it in a special place that's visible, and note on
the envelope the date you intend to pay it. Answer your letters the
same day you get them.
The important thing is to think of time as your most valuable asset,
because it is. So organize! Decide what you have to do, and what
you want to do. From there, it's just a matter of arranging
Once you start listing and planning what you want to do, and then
carry out your plans, you'll find plenty of "extra time" for
handling virtually any kind of home-based income-producing project.
People in general may not like routines or schedules, but without
some sort of plan as to what is supposed to be done, the world would
be mired in mass confusion
Laws, ordinances and regulations are for the purpose of guiding
people. We live according to an accepted plan or way of life, and
the better we can organize ourselves, the more productive and happy
The secret of all financially successful people is simply that they
are organized and do not waste time. Think about it. Review your
own activities, and then see if you can't find a couple of extra
hours in each day for more constructive accomplishments.
When you begin planning, and then when you really become involved in
an extra in come-producing endeavor, you should work it exactly as
you have organized your regular day-to-day activities - on a
time-efficient basis. Do what has to be done immediately. Don't
try to get done in an hour something that's realistically going to
take a week. Plan out on paper what you have to do - what you want
to do - and when you are going to do it. Then get right on each
project without procrastination.
Finally, and above all else, when you're organizing your time and
your business, be sure to set aside some time for relaxation. Be
sure to schedule time when you and your spouse can be together. You
must not involve yourself in anything to an extent that you exclude
other people - particularly your loved ones - from your life.
Taking stock of the time you waste each day, and from there,
reorganizing your activities is what it's all about. It's a matter
of becoming more efficient in the use of your time. It's really
easy to do, and you will not only accomplish a lot more, you will
also find greater fulfillment in your life.
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