Back in April, I wrote four pieces for the Professional Writers’ Alliance regarding cash flow issues for freelancers.
In addition, the PWA interviewed me for a podcast, and one of the questions asked was, “I’m busy writing for clients. How do I find the time to focus on growing my business?”
“Finding time” can be difficult for just about anyone. Whether you’re a parent who freelances in order to be at home with children, or you’re an empty nester, it seems the days are filled with a seemingly endless list of “to-dos” — both personal and business.
Having been in business twenty years now, I can definitively tell you I’ve struggled with this issue. I’ve spent money on time management apps, read dozens of time management books, and have tried all sorts of things to eliminate distractions or create new habits, such as 30-Day Challenges.
In fact, I had charged myself with a 30-day challenge in January 2018: Spend a total of two hours every day working toward my business and personal goals. Doing this challenge was a huge stretch for me because who has an “extra” two hours, right?
Even though I’m an empty nester, I’m still pretty busy with client and volunteer work, my hobbies, getting to the gym at least four days a week, etc. etc. Two hours seemed tough!
But a funny thing happened: that 30-day challenge became an integral part of my life, and since January, I’ve made considerable changes. In fact, I put myself in a whole other zone. Here’s what transpired.