Almost everyone needs or wants more money coming in. With this desire, most would like to start some extra income-producing project. Not many of these people seem able to fit “a second job” into their time schedules.
Most people are busy, but extra time for a home-based additional 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 to do whatever you want to do.
The first thing to do is sit down with a 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 more constructively or efficiently. 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 run.
Efficient time management boils down to planning what you will do and then doing it without backtracking. Start by making a list of what 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 your trips to or from work. Organize your trips to take care of as many things as possible while you are 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 dedicated to yard work would probably make your property envy all your neighbors. Don’t try to do a week’s work in one big flurry. Whether 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 cannot pay a bill immediately, file it in a particular 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.
It is essential 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 priorities.
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 a plan as to what is supposed to be done, the world would be mired in mass confusion.
Laws, ordinances, and regulations are to guide people. We live according to an accepted plan or way of life, and the better we can organize ourselves, the more productive and happy we become.
The secret of all financially successful people is 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 when you really become involved in an extra come-producing endeavor, you should work it precisely 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 it done in an hour; something will take a week. Plan out on paper what you have to do – what you want to do – and when you will do it. Then get right on each project without procrastination.
Finally, and above all else, when you’re organizing your time and your business, set aside some time for relaxation. Schedule a time when you and your spouse can be together. You must not involve yourself in anything to the extent that you exclude other people – particularly your loved ones – from your life.
Taking stock of the time you waste each day and reorganizing your activities is what it’s all about. It’s a matter of becoming more efficient in using your time. It’s effortless to do, and you will not only accomplish a lot more, but you will also find greater fulfillment in your life.