Do you feel like you’re always working?
If you’re like most online businesswomen I hear from, your work week creeps well beyond 40 hours most weeks. The irony is that you still feel like you’re underachieving, even though you’re working your ass off!
You dream of working far fewer hours while still building your business, but it seems like an impossibility.
You’ve heard me talk so much about success without sacrifice that you’re ready to entertain the possibility that you can have your nights, weekends, and holidays to yourself and still create the thriving business you really want.
If you want to build, grow, and sustain a thriving online business — while having a life outside of your work — keep reading.
First, Know You’re Not Alone
I see the tendency to overwork at every stage of the business-building process, from new entrepreneurs who put in ridiculous hours and may or may not be seeing results to more established business owners who have created systems (or none at all!) that require an insane schedule to maintain.
One of two things usually happens:
Sad Scenario A: You can’t accomplish your overly optimistic to-do list and wind up feeling like a complete loser/failure, leading to overwhelm and possible paralysis.
Sad Scenario B: You work insane hours and let your business take over your life because you are a Winner who will accomplish everything she set out to do No Matter What.
I hate to see either happen to you!
This is why I want you all to know that it’s absolutely possible to make a weekly, monthly, and yearly plan that allows you to work toward your big business goals in around 30 hours per week.
Stop Working so F*cking Hard
Here’s the truth, plain and simple: You don’t have to work so f*cking hard.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m all about putting in the work to serve your clients and grow your business, but never at the long-term expense of your health, family, happiness, or any other priorities you may have.
If you’re consistently working 40–60 hours (or more!) each week plus nights and weekends, or if you think you need to work that much to earn a six-figure income, I can guarantee you’re doing something wrong.
Yes, you read that right! If you’re regularly putting in that much time or think you must to hit your next big business goal, you’re doing something wrong.
It simply isn’t good for you or your business, isn’t sustainable in the long term, and frankly isn’t necessary.
So what’s the answer?
The good estimate I use with all of my clients is 30 hours per week. If, when you’re working, you’re really working with your brain fully engaged, this is more than enough time. In fact, your brain simply can’t do much more and consistently do a good job
Does this mean you can’t work 40 hours on an occasional week? Of course not. Some weeks are busier than others; just know that you must balance over-working with under-working to allow your brain to recover.
If you find yourself often working 40 hours or more, you’re likely wasting time being ineffective, scattered, and unfocused — and probably working on the wrong things.
Work Smart and Stop Wasting Time
If you’re serious about growing your business and earning great money doing the work you love, you have to take a long, hard look at how you work and get clear — and I mean SPECIFIC — on what you need to do to reach your long-term goals.
It’s All About Planning and Structure
One of the glaring problems that crops up over and over again with many business owners is the lack of smart strategic planning for the growth of their businesses. Also missing: the structure and systems required to achieve the goals they wish to achieve.
You may be clear on your short-term goals and have tactics for keeping up with your day-to-day work, and that’s a great place to be in the beginning.
But you’re probably a lot less clear about what exactly it takes to go from making a few thousand dollars a month to earning $10,000 each month, a true, sustainable income that pays your business expenses, covers taxes, and pays you a living wage and then some (so you can save for the future, a great pair of shoes, or a trip you’re dying to take).
To get to that point in your business, you need clarity to the task level, down to the gnat’s ass. Without it, you’re likely working away haphazardly and without direction, which means you’re working harder and more than you actually need to.
Become an Efficiency Guru
If you know me at all, you know I’m a BIG fan of efficiency. The kind that comes from getting super clear on every single thing you do, why you’re doing it, and how it benefits your business in the end.
For me, that means every minute I work serves a purpose towards building a business that supports the life I want. I personally don’t do anything — not a single task, no matter how small — that doesn’t fit my vision, and especially not just to push harder or make more money. What a waste of time, energy, and creativity!
No More Screwing Around
While it’s true that creating the business of your dreams takes a lot of hard work, it really doesn’t have to take up your whole life.
If want to create a business that really works for you and your lifestyle (Yes, you can have both a LIFE and a thriving business!), it’s time to hold yourself to a higher standard standard.
When you commit to working this way, the entire flow of your day changes. You can spend more time creating, writing, travelling, and getting those monthly massages you’ve been promising yourself for years. You’re able to serve your clients while still caring for yourself and your family.
Most of all, you stay inspired, motivated, and energized by your business. And it feels so good!
I’d Love to Hear from You
My favorite part of writing this blog is reading your comments! Tell me…
How many hours per week do you work? Does it feel like too much?
If you are working too much, what do you think is the biggest reason why?
If you aren’t working too much, what advice do you have for someone who finds themselves constantly overworking?
Regardless of how things are now, how many hours would you like to work? And what would have to change to make that a reality for you?
I can’t wait to hear your thoughts and stories in the comments below!