Working 9 to 5 ain’t the way to make my Livin’
You might well be just like me and have fuck all savings (yet)
So again like me, you are working a day job whilst you get the real stuff going.
I know your frustration, especially when you know you could be doing your own thing instead.
It can be a pain, I miss so many great network events as I have to work most Saturdays but, the main benefit is the financial relief and a sense of stability that allows me to take the risks for my business. I am taking care of my day-to-day comfortably , clearing up shitty debts and investing into my business.
But is having a day job necessarily a bad thing?
It can also teach us about Balance & Prioritising. There are only so many hours that you can work on your business…far less than you think. It most likely isn’t enough time for you to do everything that you want to do so, you have prioritise and let go of some things. Focusing on the actions that will lead you to the point where you can say ciao to that 9-5.
The day job has become a box for me in a way, I go in it for 8 hours, then at the end I lock the box away until it’s time to get it out again. I am present and focused when I’m there and do the best I can. I have to be as I cannot afford to lose my position.
If you allow your job to seep into your personal time (yes I said Allow) you will find it much more difficult to focus and make a success of your stuff.
It was always in my mind that I wanted to generate an income to allow me to shift to full-time in my business.
But, since meeting my husband and experiencing different things like travel, there has been a shift for me.
My ambition is to have a business that enables me to create the life i want to lead, by sharing my Knowledge and Power so others can do the same. Where does it say that I have to work full-time to achieve that?
Author & Business Coach Shaa Wasmund takes 17 weeks of holiday a year. Tim Ferris if you have not heard of him, wrote a bestseller called the 4-Hour Week.
BTW, I’ve had that book for 6 years on my shelf still unread. My bad lol. But, I don’t actually want to only work 4 hours a week, I enjoy doing business, I just don’t want it to rule my life.
And you shouldn’t either.
It is not working smart, it is working hard…too hard and that is not the best move for your business.
If you have family and/or are in a serious relationship that could go somewhere, you need to make time to maintain those relationships. There also needs to be time to maintain the relationship with yourself.
Self-care is self preservation.
Believe me when I say that your business will go nowhere if you are too tired or forbid, taken ill.
As I only have 2 days off a week, I have to be selective about what I do and how often I do it around my business;
– I want to take care of myself
-I want to spend time with my Husband
– I would like to have time with Family & Friends.
Over 2 days, that could be overwhelming, especially if there are demanding people in your life that you care about, wanting your time. This is one of those times where you don’t want to be the centre of attention.
Have boundaries in place and ensure you enforce them. The moment you let them overstep, believe they will use your love for them to advantage to do it over, and over again. You haven’t got time for it and what it could do, is make you want to actively spend less time with them.
Can you tell that I’m talking from experience? So what have I done about it?
Well I’ve gone down the ‘actively less time with you’ route. Working from home hasn’t worked with too many distractions so, I’ve joined a Members Club with Co-work space which I hope will give me space to focus.
My mid-week day off is for my business stuff. Where I will focus on specific tasks rather than trying to cram in shit loads. Then I’ll go in a couple of evenings a week after work.
During the week I also get up at 5am so that I have me time to get some shit done; Exercise, Housework, listening to Podcasts and, my Social Media posting.
It’s going to be a real test of my commitment and productivity but, my why is far more important. If I want to have this business running on my terms then, I have to make a shift in my movement.
Think about what it is you want to experience?
What kind of life do you wish to be leading?
When you picture your life ahead, what are you doing? Where are you doing it? Who is on the journey with you?
Now look at what you are doing in your present? Are the decisions and actions you are taking, the steps towards the life that you want?
I hope so! But if not,
MAKE YOUR MOVE.
Ciao for now