How to free yourself from being a “time-suck” prisoner…

Ephesians 5:15-16 says, “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.”  As a Coach who helps others escape their day jobs to start their own business, I am almost daily confronted by prospects who have a difficult time prioritizing their lives and making their call of owning a business a reality.  Many times when I ask people about their plans for the week, they quickly recite a list of household chores, gym visits, outings with friends and their children’s soccer games.  Rarely does anyone say “here’s what I have planned for the week to start/grow my kingdom business…”.

While they desire with all their hearts to launch and grow a successful business, the harsh reality is that many of them struggle trying to make the time to actually work on their business.  The common pattern is that we are often unclear about what we really want,  we put off what we should be doing today, we get sidetracked by other things that demand our attention, and we sometimes get thrown completely off track as soon as we start running into challenging obstacles an opposition.

Charles Bruxton once said “You will never “find” time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.”  Reality is, a conscious effort is required to schedule every single hour of the day if we want to see our dreams become reality.  Without self-discipline, success is impossible and unless we do the planning, set the necessary goals and make the time to accomplish them, our dreams simply will not progress.  That said, I would like to challenge you this week to take an honest look at how you spend your time from the perspective of starting or growing your new kingdom business.

For an entire week, track your activities and the amount of time spent in each of the areas shown in the diagram below (a more detailed description of each category can be found at the bottom of this article):

At the end of the week, tally up the amount spent in each category and evaluate each activity using the questions below:

  • Was the activity a one-time event or is it recurring?
  • Was the activity necessary?
  • If the activity was necessary and recurring, is there a better, faster way to do it?
  • Could you have delegated the activity?
  • What tangible output did the activity produce?
  • What is the perceived value of the activity’s output? (high/medium/low)
  • Would there have been a negative consequence if the activity had been left undone?
  • Could the time used for this activity have been put to better use? How?

I would love to hear your feedback as you complete this exercise.  Were you surprised by what you found?  How did the sum of your activites balance?  Did the exercise make you more aware of the need for guarding God’s precious gift of time?  What positive changes are you ready to make as a result?  I complete this process at least four times throughout the year and I am always amazed by some of the things that steal pockets of my time that could have been re-purposed toward serving God and others through my calling.

If you would like further help in re-positioning your priorities in a way that will allow you to make a successful transition from your day job to running your own business, I invite you to schedule a free strategy session with me – click here for access to my online calendar.

Life Wheel Category Definitions:

Day JobThe time you spend at your current full or part-time job (if applicable), training, company events, etc.
Family/FriendsSocializing with friends, family time, church small group, PTO meetings, volunteer activities.
Leisure/HobbiesWatching TV, surfing the web for fun, reading fiction, pets, playing games, vacations, fishing, hunting, etc.
Health/FitnessGym, walking, team sports, meetings with your wellness coach, preventative doctor visits, etc.
Life PlanningSelf-development activities, setting life/financial goals.
Dream BusinessActivities that support starting or growing your own business,
ChoresGrocery shopping, errands, cleaning, laundry, haircuts, gardening, etc.
Time with GodChurch, reading your bible, prayer, listening to sermons, etc.

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