The Wantrepreneur (Part 2: I Don't Have Time)

There are several reasons why a person "does not have time" to venture out into something he/she has been wanting. Kids. Work. Family. Me time. Socials. Etc. 

Putting off something you say you really want isn't the best approach. Waiting for when you have "extra time," will be waiting in vain. As we get older, we have more things to do, more interests, more people to entertain, and responsibilities to take care of. Just like opportunities, time does not fall from the heavens. The universe will not handpick you and give you two extra hours on top of the twenty four you get on a daily basis. 
 

REASSESS YOUR PRIORITIES

We hear this all the time, and we get the idea. Stick with the important ones, weed out the time-sucking-nonsense that we do. Depending on your personal values, you may view my priorities differently. 

You've also heard this before: Say NO. Saying yes to everything will commit your time to all other things that you said yes to because you can't say no, even if you wanted to. Say no to limitless browsing on social networks and getting your time sucked into likes, comments and hearts. Say no to socials that you go to only to be seen, unless you're paid for appearances. Heck, say no even to going out of the house to pay bills that you can pay online, just because that's what you're used to. 

Two years ago, I was ready to quit my job, resign fund and all. My boss negotiated that I work part time for him while I establish my calligraphy business. I know what you'll say, lucky me. But the phone calls I get at home while in the middle of my creative juju has made me less productive. I hated the distraction. Last month, I quit my [part time] job. 

Resonating with one of the entrepreneurs I've watched on a documentary called Capital C: 

What I'm seeing more and more every day as I go through this is that, why can't I make my job and my art the same thing? You know the logical thing to do would be, "Well if you don't have all this time, then you can't do this stuff. Well, then, just don't do a second project." But to me that would be the worst thing that I could ever do. Is my job that important to me? No, I can find another job if I have to. But is this project that important to me? Absolutely, it's that important to me.


MAKE ADJUSTMENTS HERE AND THERE

I like drastic things. I like risk, I like challenging myself. Although your adjustments may be different than mine, make them. Find slight adjustments and get on a routine that works for you.

I've learned this from a Seanwes podcast: It pays to have your household on board. If you're a full time employee, or if you're a stay-at-home parent with kids who aren't going to school yet, I found that devoting your first waking hour, or also the time after dinner, to be feasible. Declare it as your "Idea Lab" time or something, and have your loved ones respect that time to not interrupt you while you polish your ideas, do more research and work on your venture. Or maybe you're the type who needs consecutive hours doing so, then declare an Idea Lab Day instead. 

Slight adjustments are better than none at all. Because you will never have 'more' time than you have right now, and it's up to you what you spend it on.