I remember my first job. I just finished 8th grade and my parents wanted me and my sister to get a summer job at a local blueberry farm. I worked about 30 hours per week and made $3.00 per hour.
I saved my money all summer so that I could buy some awesome new clothes before starting High School. A new wardrobe has always been a great motivator for me! 🤩
Some days I was exhausted on my feet all day out in the hot sun and other days were more chill. Whether it was a day where I was busting my butt or a day where it was more relaxed, I made the same hourly wage because I clocked in.
As an entrepreneur, I create my own wealth. I don’t show up to work and get a paycheck for the hours I clock in. If I don’t put in the work, I can’t expect that there will be funds available for me to pay myself.
The struggle is in spending time on the things that will actually make me money. This was especially hard for me when I was a solopreneur.
I honestly felt like I was constantly working and didn’t have anything to show for it financially. I was tired of being frustrated but couldn’t figure out how to change it. 🤷♀
The truth is that I had to recognize my greatness and what I did exceptionally well and use those superpowers to serve others.
I think the biggest part of being a time manager boils down to getting clear on what your strengths are and the things that only you can do and then putting a dollar value on your time.
For example, I offer private coaching for $497 for a one-hour session. My goal in that session is to help my client move from where they are to where they want to be.
Clients come to me stuck, not knowing what to do next or knowing where to start. They are overwhelmed and not making progress. They don’t want to waste their time or money on the wrong things. They realize that their time is valuable and if they waste it, they can’t get it back.
If talking to me for one hour, then receiving a complete step-by-step strategy on what you need to do helps you make thousands of dollars, then wouldn’t you say it would be worth it? 🤔
I think the problem is that we value our money more than our time, but the reality is that we can always make more money, but once time is spent, we can’t get it back. It’s a simple mindset shift, but it will change how you operate on a day to day basis.
You can’t work all day on things that don’t make you money and expect to make money.
We all need help from time to time. I have a coach who costs three times as much as I do, but if she can give me one nugget of information that will skyrocket my business, I’d be a fool to waste any time trying to figure it out on my own. Why stay stuck in the mud working until you’re exhausted, losing a day, a week, a month, a year, when you can find a mentor, an online course or get a private coach and actually start seeing results?
Let’s face it, people become entrepreneurs because they know they are worth more than a 9-5 job pays. The key to time management is actually putting a dollar value to your time. 😉
Once we know that our time is worth $300 per hour, for example, we will recognize where we are misspending our time and be more mindful of what we should say “yes” to. We’ll be more aware of tasks that we should delegate, and we’ll also start to simplify our lives by deleting tasks that aren’t worth our time.