Structure is one of the core aspects of my life, but it took something drastic to realize the importance of structure in my day to day life.
The life of an entrepreneur isn't all rainbow and butterflies. You could be on top of the world one day and feeling the weight of the world on your shoulders the next day.
The question is, how do you avoid the significant ups and downs while building your business?
First and foremost, you need to have structure in your day to day life. That means not sitting in front of your computer 16 hours a day.
To be honest, this is where I failed miserably.
I can assure you that if you put your business before your family, it will have consequences.
Now, if you're single and don't have a family, does this apply to you? I would say absolutely.
Here is the deal, with structure in your personal life, you will have structure in your business.
One way that I have implemented structure into my own life is knowing when to shut it down and focus on my well being.
Fitness is one of the critical aspects you need to stay focused on because a healthy body will help produce a healthy mind.
Does this mean you have to hit the gym for 2 hours a day?
No, not at all. If you incorporate some high-intensity workouts for a sold 20 minutes a day, you will see massive gains.
The next piece of the puzzle is personal development. For me, that is diving into God's word and believing in his promises. It also means reading every day to enrich my mind.
For you, it could be something completely different, but you need to do it, everyday, with no excuses.
If you can't give yourself 20 minutes a day to invest in your personal development, something is seriously wrong.
Here is something that I like to do to keep myself accountable. Make a list of 5 things that need to get done today; this is your super list.
This list needs to be completed before the day's end, with no exceptions.
Once you complete your super list, you can focus on yourself.
With this structure, I can work 5-6 hours a day on my business (sometimes less and somedays more) and the rest of the time focusing intentionally on my family, fitness, and personal development.
Here is something that can make your days long and tedious, busy work. I like to describe busy work as wasted hours doing work that does not move the ball forward in your business. This kind of work doesn't produce profits, and it just steals time away from you.
So keep “busy work” out of your structured routine.
I'll end my rant off like this.
This short little post was not only part of my super list but also part of my personal development. It was a good reminder that I need to stay on track and not stray from my structure.
If you work on all of the above, you will see definite improvements in all areas of your life. If you choose to do the latter and put your business first and foremost over everything else, you will eventually crash and burn.
I've crashed and burned, and it wasn't a good experience.
Always stay vigilant friends,