Do you feel pressured to get everything done? Do you feel like every day you try to build and grow your business feels like a dark episode of “Beat the Clock”?
One of the biggest challenges entrepreneurs face is time. Whether you have a business already or you’re building your business while you work a regular job, time can feel scarce and precious.
There are some key elements you must have in your business routine that will help you be successful and sustainable. These elements will keep you on the leading-edge of your business, keep you recharged and refreshed, and make sure that you get done what needs to get done to make your business work for you.
Here are the key elements in order of importance:
- Time for spiritual renewal and growth
- Time to nurture yourself doing something fun and to take care of your body
- Time for your romantic partner
- Time for your children and family
- Time for friends
- Time to do what you have to do to stay financially stable
- Time for marketing and business growth
- Time to actually conduct your business
Notice how business only takes up two slots in that list. AND they’re at the bottom of the list.
We are deeply conditioned to turn this model upside down. We work hard, struggle to fit in marketing and business growth and then, if there’s time left over, we try to squeeze everything else in…
This is the perfect prescription for burn out, self-sabotage, stagnation and, ultimately, failing in your business. (And also wrecking your health, your relationships and your finances.)
What we know from Human Design is that how we each create good habits and practices with our lives is dependent on our unique Human Design. There are certain elements in a Human Design chart, such as the Gate 5, that make it easier for some people to have consistent patterns and habits.
If you have the Gate 15 or if you have a defined (colored in) Emotional Solar Plexus, creating consistent routines and habits might be a bit more challenging…at least if you try to do it in the way that most of us are taught is the “right” way to do it.
Creating your routine and habits in alignment with your Human Design is crucial if you want to actually “stick” with it. If you are trying to force yourself into a lifestyle that doesn’t fit your Design, the only thing that will happen is you’ll procrastinate, avoid, take a nap, overeat, lose your passion….etc. And then you’ll feel badly about yourself, beat yourself up emotionally and even quit.
There is a way to do it right for you. Making sure that you create your business routines and habits correctly is one of the most important things we do in my Business by Design Mentorship Program:
Here’s another thought for you about time. It’s a bit out there, but roll with me…
Time is just a manmade constraint. In the natural world and Divine Order, there is no time…only flow and awareness.
What Human Design shows us is that we are uniquely and perfectly created to be in the flow of Divine Order. That means, when we follow our Human Design Strategy, you are always in the right “time”, at the right place, doing the right thing. AND, you’re also where you need to be to receive and generate all the support to fulfill your Life Purpose.
It’s all the artificial constraints, beliefs and head games with play that keep us from that level of fulfillment.
When you create your business according to your Human Design, you’ll have more than enough time to do what your heart wants you to do in the world.
When you are bold and have the courage to set up your life in the order that I listed above, the Universe (by virtue of the Law of Attraction) responds to your life in kind.
Bottom line: If you buy into the myth that you only have a certain hours a week to work hard to make money, and you demonstrate that with your actions, the Universe will make that true for you.
(And, if you flip that model on it’s head and believe that there is nothing BUT time available for you to create your business in an easy and joyful way, the Universe will make that true for you, too.)
Want to learn how to life a life that is a reflection of the priorities of your heart:
Last but not least, I want to share a story with you. It’s about me. 10 years ago I had cancer. I don’t believe that my cancer was from toxins or chemicals. I think it was my body’s way of telling me that I was waaaaay out of balance with my life.
At that time I had full-time custody of my four children with full-time financial responsibility. I was working every hour of the day, literally. At night I worked on a psychic “hotline” and answered phone calls on my cell phone from my bed and tried to sleep between calls. I had to make every hour matter in order to feed my children.
And then I got sick.
I had to dramatically shake up my reality. I started taking one day off a week! (For the 4 previous years I had only taken off two days a year…Thanksgiving and Christmas.)
I changed the structure of my business so that I wasn’t only working one-on-one. I added a product line that I could sell and deliver online so that I could make money while I slept and I could ACTUALLY be ASLEEP!
I started putting myself first and created a super-structured self-care system. I sat my behind down in my meditation chair and actually meditated every morning and evening. I spent more time with my kids being present. I met my husband and had loads of fun playing.
I made a conscious commitment to learn more about business and started marketing more and I got good at it. (And it turned out to be super fun!)
And things turned around dramatically.
I now only work 20 hours a week and generate a nice 6+ figure income doing work that feeds my soul and helps people all over the world. Last year I took 60 days off. I made more money from online sales while I was on my honeymoon in Paris than I used to make from four months of hard work.
Why am I sharing this with you?
Because I don’t want you to end up like I did. You have the opportunity to build your business in a way that, not only contributes to the world, but also contributes to you and your life.
P.S. For the next week, make a log of what you are actually doing with your time. Pay attention to how much time you spend on the phone, the computer, watching TV or engaged in some activity that doesn’t fire you up and make you feel juicy about your life. Are you spending your time with the people you love? Are you present?
I find that most of us are leaving tons of time on the table and not making the best use of our time.
Get a calendar. (Or make one online.) Schedule your spiritual time, self-care time and time with your loved ones first. Block those times out on your calendar. THEN schedule your work.
First things first.
I’ll show you more strategies to master time in the Business by Design Mentorship Program and make growing your business much more joyful.
If you’re not having fun, what’s the point, right?