Hey Guys! I hope you all are doing great today.
I felt inspired to share some information, some tidbits, on some things that might be wasting your time that you aren’t even realizing ARE wasting your time. I see it so much lately and I think that’s why I felt called to share it today. And, although I’m here to talk about how to manage your time effectively, I do think that time and money are kind of synonymous with this topic. If you are wasting time, you’re most likely not making the money that you want to be making in your business and you’re also potentially wasting money because you’re not using your time effectively.
So, I’m going to share with you something that ties in with the five time wasters I’m going to tell you about and it’s something I’ve talked about so many times before. You must know what your core values are before even moving forward with the rest of your day today. It is such a waste of time to not know what you value and where you value spending your time. We don’t know where we’re valuing our time or where we “should be spending our time” – and when I say should, I mean in accordance to our own values – then we’re most likely doing things that are wasting time. I see so many mamas, especially in the online business world kind of – I envision it like spaghetti throwing. Like throwing spaghetti at the wall trying to see what sticks. They’re just putting out action, putting out action, and I can tell that it’s not – whatever action they’re doing is not – in alignment with their core values. And it’s such a waste of time to constantly be looking outside of ourselves at what everybody else is doing, especially in the business world, because sometimes what other people are doing is not what we should be doing.
I’ll use me as an example. For me, something I don’t really have time for or something I don’t really want to do in my business right now is spend a lot of time on calls. I noticed that when I was doing them, when I was stacking my calls (like my discovery calls) back to back, I felt like I didn’t have time to work on the things that I actually want to be working on, that light me up in my business. Like creating products, creating ecourses, writing out my newsletter, and connecting with my audience. That’s where my passion lies is connecting, but I didn’t feel like I was getting the connection I wanted from the discovery calls. It just wasn’t a time effective thing for me. You really have to first figure out what’s important to you and then learn how to make decisions in alignment with what’s important to you.
I think core values are the foundation of everything; the foundation of your business, the foundation of your life. And once you know your core values, the five time wasters I’m going to talk you through most likely won’t be an issue.
!) Endless scrolling on social media. I’m sure we all can admit to this. There’s nothing wrong with checking out what your friends are doing or what other business owners are doing on Facebook. But, you don’t want it to allow your day to go away. It can be such a time suck if you allow it to be. I think the real issue lies in when that’s all you’re doing and you may be posting on groups, you may be doing things here and there, but it’s inconsistent. In order to be intentional, you have to know what your core values are because when you know what your core values are, you can then do things in alignment with them. Something that I did was planning and scheduling my posts in the beginning of the week. It takes a little bit of willpower, I’ll admit, but once you know what your core values are, you can be much more intentional about how you’re using social media in your business and how you’re using it in your personal life as well.
2) Not knowing when or exactly what to outsource. This is my favorite one. I don’t know if you guys know this, but I am/was a VA. I started as a virtual assistant 2 years ago and it’s been a really interesting journey because I can kind of see the other side of being an entrepreneur, if that makes sense. I always kind of felt like oh my gosh like nobody actually knows what they need outsourced when they come to me. Once you can come at your business with a place of intention and knowing what you – YOU – need help with, it becomes a lot easier to outsource the exact things you need to outsource. And I think before you even consider hiring someone, you really should know exactly what you need help with because you’re just going to waste your time and your money if you don’t.
3) Not knowing exactly who your ideal client is. I talked a little bit about this in my naptime nugget coffee chat two weeks ago with Nannette Minley – she’s amazing guys. I highly recommend her. I had a session with her and oh my gosh, guys! Mind blown! She kind of reaffirmed some things for me already that I knew about my ideal client, but once I had a session with her I was really able to clarify exactly who I want to talk to. And when you know exactly who you’re talking to, you’re saving so much time because you’re not creating content that is not geared toward that person. If you do create content that’s not toward your ideal client, then, again, you’re wasting time. I look at my life sometimes and I’m like how the hell am I getting all this shit done? Like really, really guys. And it’s because I shave off all the excess nonsense; get rid of it completely. I don’t even make time for anything that isn’t worthy to me. , That’s my real secret.
4) Not knowing where or how to maximize your time. That’s kind of just what I was talking about. There’s always time in your day to create a time pocket. In the beginning, when I first became a mom, I was on such survival mode that I didn’t even take the time to think about what was important to me. But, it is so important to realize what’s important to you because if you aren’t valuing yourself, what kind of example are you serving for your kids? Honestly? And, being in survival mode, it may be hard to feel like you have ten minutes here, ten minutes there to get anything done for yourself. But, it all comes down to – I almost see it like a wrecking ball hitting your ego. It’s your ego that stops you from taking that ten minutes to read a book. And it’s your ego that stops you from taking ten minutes to make a good meal for yourself. That’s something that I’ve been thinking a lot about because it definitely comes back to self-worth. And whatever mom you are, that’s totally fine, as long as that’s who you want to be inside! That’s what it’s really about. You have a choice.
5) Not saying no when things are not in alignment. When you’re not saying no, you’re just saying yes to something that isn’t worth your time basically. And I’ve done this so many times. , I’m just now coming into my power and feeling comfortable with saying no. But it feels good. It feels good when I say no. And I’ve said no recently, too. I knew that if that opportunity was in alignment that things would’ve worked out where I didn’t feel like, oh my gosh, I’m stretching my boundaries, I’m stretching my values. You want to know exactly where you want to be spending your time because you’ll know right off the bat when someone asks you something, if that is in alignment with where you want to be spending your time. And if it’s not, we can kind of infuse our feminine energy into it and come back with a thoughtful, nice response stating why we feel like we don’t want to do something right now. And you don’t even need to state a reason, but I know that helps us sometimes in saying no and not feeling like a complete a-hole.
I hope this was super helpful. I’ve really enjoyed talking about these things. if you have any questions, I am totally around and you can post them in the comments. I’ll be back to answer them.
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