Time is one of the biggest issues for self-employed business women – or more specifically, a lack of it. Frequently, phrases such as ‘there’s never enough time in my day’ or ‘I’m already working for longer hours than I wanted to’ and ‘I just don’t have enough time to do [whatever really matters to you]’ are uttered by stressed out and fed up business women.
That being said, a lot of business women are also the main culprits of that lost time… by insisting on doing tasks that aren’t worthy of their time!
This usually comes down to three different mindset factors. These mindset factors can easily be intermingled with each other, but here’s an overview of each:
- The need for control
- An understanding that self-employed means doing it all alone
- A need to prove ourselves in some way
Time waster #1: The need for control
We all like to be in control however, it can also be our biggest time waster. We fear that other people won’t do the job as well as we could, so we add it to our own ‘to do’ list. A need for control can also mean a desire to be in charge – and this is totally understandable, as we’re talking about your life and/or your business – but we’re also talking about your time management.
If you want to gain control of your business and your life, you need to control those things that are truly important to you – and delegate everything else.
Time waster #2: Doing it all
It’s easy to get stuck in the mindset that being self-employed means doing it all. We want to be successful business women, wives and mothers – and we incorrectly believe that this means we need to turn into superwoman.
This is often tied in with the final mindset factor…
Time waster #3: A need to prove yourself
A need to prove yourself can be narrowed down into to sub-factors – a need to prove yourself to others and/or a need to prove yourself to you. No matter which sub-factor you’re in though, 100% of the time, the real issue is your own thoughts and beliefs.
What do I mean? Well, a need to prove ourselves to others stems from how we believe they view us. This can be driven by what they say or what we think they’re thinking. A need to prove ourselves to us, also stems from what we’re thinking about ourselves.
Remember, other people can voice their opinions about you and your business, but these comments are their own – we only take them on board and modify our behaviour in some way, if those opinions butt up against one of our own feelings of self-doubt, a fear over our abilities, our feelings of unworthiness or if we believe we’re fighting against stereotypes.
If we want to change our behaviour, we need to work on our thoughts and beliefs.
So, if you’re guilty of any of the above, and you want to finally stop wasting your own time, here are three steps to get you started:
- Get honest with yourself. Look at ALL the tasks you’re doing and see if a) you truly love doing them and b) they’re part of what you’re good at. If you can answer ‘yes’ to each, place a tick next to them. Wavering on any of them? Ask yourself ‘Am I doing this task to prove myself or to keep control in some way?’ If no, tick the task.
- Next, against each of the unticked tasks, write down how long each of them take you – be honest! When finished, add up the time spent on those tasks.
- Work out how much the time spent on those tasks is costing you. If you’re charging an hourly rate to your clients, multiply your tasks by this rate. If you don’t have an hourly rate, look to find one, by dividing your average earnings by your working hours.
Now you’ll have a true figure of how much your time wasting is costing you and you can work on an action plan to change it. Your first port of call needs to be looking to outsource to a VA, as you’ll be surprised at how much they can do for you. To have a chat about how outsourcing can help your business or to see how I can help your business grow, click here to book in a Breakthrough Session.
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