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(Last Updated On: December 8, 2018)

It’s About That Time

Listen, I’m not here to tell you what to do, but I know you’re planning to change your ways in 2019. It’s understandable; you can have a fresh start and focus more on whatever you’re trying to work towards. I used to think I was above big changes in January (if you want to change, do it today, not in a month or whatever) but this hazy period where everything goes out of sync is the perfect time to reset.

This is just for people who are out here trying to build something of their own, and want to do it right now. We know everyone can do with a bit more money, but if you’re going to create income streams that are going to drastically change your current situation, you’re going to have to free up a little time and refresh your mind a little.

All of the following are things that I’ve sacrificed along the way (so I know they work). Some of them I cut out temporary and got back to them once I levelled up. Some of them I realised I’m much better when I’m devoid of them. Pick your poison and take action as you see fit.

TV

You’ll be surprised how little you’ll miss it. Any time spent watching TV is time not doing something else, and you already know this. When I say ‘TV’, take this loosely. I’m talking about leisure YouTube content, Netflix and all of them things.

What I did: For years I’ve seen TV as a waste of time, but still found myself in front of it at the end of the day. When WWE Network came out, I replaced all TV I watched with excessive wrestling content. At the start of 2016, I was made redundant and thefirst thing I did was cut my £9.99 subscription and never looked back. All I see these days is Cbeebies, Cartoonito and a bit of news these days. I can cope without the rest.

What to replace it with: Learning time. When my mind is done by the end of the day and I know I can’t do anything creative or meaningful, I’ll either read or do non-urgent admin. I definitely learn better in the mornings, but if I’m going to sit in front of a screen at a time when I know I’m in a money lull, I better be taking in something that’s going to change my situation.

Social Media

Aimless social media scrolling is the wickedest habit that everyone has acquired in the past decade. If you’re not old enough to remember the migration from desktop social media to mobile, it’s difficult to appreciate how much it’s altered habits. Everyone is ‘always on’ these days and can’t miss a thing. If you can take a step back, you’ll be thankful that you got some of your time back.

What I did: I’ve been on both Twitter and Facebook since 2009, and got on Instagram when it first launched. My way of managing my habit is to stay in one place, and not get drawn into Facebook and Insta timelines. I only go on Instagram to post and like whatever’s right there when I log in. I only have the Messenger app on myphone, because I’ve got no other reason to go on Facebook).

What to replace it with: If you know you’re a fiend for a particular social media platform, make it really worth your while. Most businesses that you might create today are likely to require a social media presence, so if you’re spending time on there, take notes of what other businesses are doing well and recreate it for yourself. If your relationship with social media (Instagram in particular) is purely for personal matters, make your output marketable, and you can get paid for your posts.

Late Nights

You may associate business owners with never-ending schedules, but people that get things done usually have a rested head. You’re not going to do that if you force yourself to stay up longer than your body wants to.

What I did: Friday and Saturday nights used to be great for me and Hollie. If we weren’t out, we would sit in and work on our respective business ideas until one of us couldn’t go on any longer. Then we had a baby. We had no choice but to sleep when it got late. We fully appreciate what just six hours of unbroken sleep can do for us now. Once our kids (yeah, we had another after that within 18 months) can both sleep through the night, we’re going to sleep at a reasonable time every time.

What to replace it with: Routines are your friend here. Just embrace them and stick to them. You may feel as though you don’t have enough time to do the plans that you want to do, but it’s better to have a fresh mind than a sleep-deprived one, becauseI’m telling you that it will take days, weeks or months longer to get to where you want to be if you’re constantly fighting a drowsy head.

Caring About Work

Stop engaging. I appreciate that not everyone can do this, but it’s the most important sacrifice I made, so I have to include it. Don’t try this unless you know you’re in a job where you can get away with doing the absolute minimum.

What I did: I knew that my last day job would be my last, so had to do some manoeuvring to make sure I escaped it as quickly as possible. So I recognised where the pressure was (particular managers two removed from me), and avoided that pressure in every way possible. I was manager myself, so got my delegation on in a major way. I had enough pressure at home trying to build up my funds with online businesses; I wasn’t taking more of it in a job that didn’t deserve all of me. And yes – I absolutely wrote blog posts and did Amazon online arbitrage sourcing in the office.

What to replace it with: Calm, that’s what. It might not make you too many friends, and youmay not be seen as a team player, but if blagging at work means you’ve got morebrain power at home, indulge in it.

And Before You Go

Do whatever you want to do. I’ve never accepted lifestyle advice from anyone else, so I wouldn’t expect you to do the same. Those are just a few things you might want to think about. I want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your time. If you feel that it’s good for your head to embrace any of the things above, do you. However, I think they’re all things that most people can adapt to their own lives and see some benefit.

Chiino

27 / Nottingham, UK. Trying these things since 2007. Writing about these things since 2014. Doing this full-time since 2018.