I love making money, but other than that, I love having time to make money, and beyond that, I love to know that I didn’t rush my clients because I have other clients or better things to do, because I love the look on their faces when I help them solve problems, and I would love to continue being recommended and not be referred to the one who offers generic advice for all educational issues, like the nurses in my secondary school dispensary who thought buscopan was the truth and life, for malaria, joint pains or coughs.
Let’s get straight to it.
Know your hobbies
This is the life, you don’t want to lose this, this is like family, your safe place where you find yourself after the day’s work, but if your hobby is what pays you, then you already have mind and body together. But also remember that when your hobby becomes an obligation, it can become another source of frustration, because, customer deadlines, pressure, hobby goes through constant development to keep becoming a marketable skill. So now, you need to find another hobby; travelling, reading a book, cooking and baking, sleeping, hanging out with friends. And save a portion of your time daily or weekly for it.
In order to be productive, you need time to play and rest, so we got this covered.
2. Make lists
There are people who see making To-Do lists as boring or that it leaves no room for spontaneity, but that’s not true. Making lists helps you organise your day and spend your time on things that matter. You can also take action on the list in order of priority.
3. Prepare Your Arsenal
Whether you work from home or outside your neighbourhood, be organised, know where you keep your tools and have them handy whenever you need them. If you provide tailor-made services, prepare to have more than one client with the same needs, so keep the information somewhere and label it so you can tweak and reuse instead of starting all over for each new client.
Look out for apps and softwares that can help you organise or make your job easier, hire someone too if you need to.
4. Choose your Tasks.
There are two types of people in the world of To-Do lists. Those who do anything on the list that they set their eyes on, those who choose their tasks carefully. Out of those who choose their tasks carefully, there is a team that handles the easy tasks first and the team that handles the tougher task or tasks first, even if it takes the whole day. Whether or not it is better to handle the tougher tasks first or later is open for debate.
5. Skip to the end of the movie.
My friends used to know me as the one who reads the plot on Wikipedia. I never saw the Notebook, it was quite a long movie and another love story, something ughhh, we would have more of, and whose story line would be the same as every other love story
- Boy meets girl
- Boy loses girl
- Boy finds girl…or not
So, I read the plot, skip, skip, skip…nice acting, the end. Now you saved an hour of your life that can be used in preparing lessons, or designing the bottle for the new perfume you plan to launch.
6. It’s Not Your Show.
The only people who should be spending so much time on a TV series should be the people making money out of it. Unless you make money on your blog by running commentaries on TV series, you don’t need to see the whole thing. And I am not even playing.
I follow really interesting TV series, from Big Bang Theory cos it’s science and fun to Empire cos its music and glam, well, not so much glam but they sure have a lot of guest appearances. But sometimes, even if there are 11 episodes in a season, i try to watch just the last two and forget about what happened before those, because, hey, you’ll catch it. These people are making money and you need to make yours too, or at least produce something that is of importance to you and to your own career, so let’s cut down. And I am not saying reduce the number of episodes per day, I mean deliberately cut down and move on with your life, stop dwelling in people’s past, lol, fictional people for that matter.
7. Traffic is not your friend
If you work outsied home, leave home early for that meeting or for work. If you take the public transport or drive your own car, or have a driver, the same rules apply.
Especially in Nigeria, where I always say, you can only tell when you leave home, you can’t tell when you arrive, today it’s a 10minute journey, tomorrow, it could take an hour.
And in addition, learn to text or call if you will be late, it lets people know that you have respect for their time and that you are making an effort, onthe other hand, do not overuse this tool as you do not want your boss or client’s phone to be filled with 7 messages from you saying ‘Sorry, I may be late today’ or even call them too many times that when they see your call before a meeting, they can already tell what the message would be.
8. Choose Your Battles
Online and in real life, we are confronted with challenges, difficult people, misunderstandings, people with opposing views that may trigger our defence instincts and get us to want to give this person a word or two, or want to take time to shut this person up for good. Most times, this may be necessary for the continued co-existence and sometimes, you really need to let it go, and save your time.
These kinds of events may happen at home with your spouse or sibling that forgot to take out the trash or the colleague that keeps leaving the photocoyingmachine top open or the stranger online who think black girls have a complex because they hardly wear their real hair, just move on.
You don’t have to argue all the time, you need time, and these things can be distractions, so choose your battle wisely. On the other hand, letting it go can nourish your soul because harbouring grudges or being angry can be detrimental to your health.
9. Hair, Makeup and Food
These are the things that take up 70 percent of my time when I am preparing. I figured that if I don’t eat, I am more likely to arrive earlier. But, honey, you need to eat. So find our what works for you. You either prepare the meal the night before and heat it up in the morning, or brown bag it to work or buy something to eat after tour first appointment, or wake up earlier to prepare it, if you are like me and are meticulous about your food, because truly, I will not ask you to skip your meals.
Having a help at home can make this easier so if you can afford this or if you can call for home or office delivery, then please eat.
Prepare your clothes the night before, if you need to leave in the morning, and please if you live in Nigeria, iron the clothes that night too, for tomorrow, there may be no light, lol, you understand. Or when you think you have a generator you can trust, you may just discover that you didn’t fill it because you have had constant light for the past one week. hence, prepare early, no one knows tomorrow.
Do you have a demanding makeup routine? Start preparing earlier or makeup in the car if you have a driver. For me, I go to my simple no make-up makeup, mascara, foundation, lipstick, and out like the one in the picture above.
Find something that works for you. On the other hand, if you hair is on fleek, you can always step out with no makeup and still conquer the world.
10. Get to it
Don’t wait till conditions are perfect, start now. You can work in bits, instead of waiting till you have one free day.
Sometimes perfection can be the enemy of your progress. So don’t stand still, keep moving, in the middle of that TV show, you can make that phone call, and keep your phone where you can see it or leave your sounds on, especially if you are not on a date, or if you are expecting an important phonecall.
Great things are happening every moment, don’t lose time…and if you ever find yourself losing your mind because you now work every moment, remember I didn’t advise you to work work work work work work, Rihanna said so, for me, I’d advise you to go back to my number one.
Stay sane, achieve more.