How much time can you spend on your project in a typical week? Be honest!
The majority of people who I speak to are creating their project around maintaining a full-time job and this can be very challenging. Even if you do not have a full-time job and this is your main gig you still need to be realistic about how much time you can allocate to working on your project. Take the time to look at your typical week and set aside the time that you spend at your job, time running around with or playing with your children, time for commuting, time for exercising, time for cooking or whatever priorities you have in your life that take up your time. Once you have set this time out, look at where you have blocks of time of at least 30 minutes. The reason I say 30 minutes is that this is a comfortable amount of time for you to complete a specific task for your project. Then allocate some of those blocks of time to work solely on your project. It may take a couple of tries to see what times worked best for you. Once you find a pattern that works, stick to it for at least the next month. After one month you can review your schedule to see if you need to make any changes.
Use your time wisely to make a positive impact on your project
Now that you have your project times set aside and your schedule is working for you, it is important that you use this time to your advantage. Set specific goals to complete within this time, so whether that is writing a new blog post, reaching out to a new contact, working on your branding or replying to an enquiry, make sure that you know exactly what you are going to be doing within that time. You will feel confident and energised after achieving that specific goal and seeing your project progress further.
Well done you! Now it is time for your reward
So you have set aside your time and completed your specific task, now what? Well, now is the time that you get to reward yourself for a job well done. Of course, you do not have to do this every time that you work on your project, but it is important to congratulate yourself and reward yourself to keep you on track. So watch that guilty pleasure television, go out for drinks with your friends, play your favourite sports, read that gripping novel that you love and just spend time doing what makes you happy, whilst knowing that you knocked your project goals out of the park.
I hope that this article helps you to find time for your project and gets you one step closer to achieving your project goals. I would love to know how these tips worked for you so please leave your comments.