Find More Time For What Matters In Your Life


Find More Time!

find more timeThat was my heartfelt response to one of “those” posts designed to increase Facebook engagement.

ALL I could think of was that I need to find more time in my day to make my life better.

When I looked at other people’s problems, how lucky am I that my need for a few extra hours in the day was my biggest problem.

Still, it got me thinking, so I turned for inspiration to two sources:

Why Do I Need To Find More Time?

You’ll probably laugh ask: “Who doesn’t need to find more time in their day?”

Well – for a start, lonely people often find time just dragging by.

But assuming you’re lucky enough to have a full and busy life, like I do, you’d probably welcome an extra few hours in your day. I certainly would, and here are 3 very broad categories I would spend those extra hours in.

  • My relationships with family and friends
  • My online business
  • Myself: busy entrepreneurs often forget they need “me-time”

I cribbed those from Laura Vanderkam, as you’ll realize when you watch her TED talk video, below!

Making Good Time Choices

You’ve probably had the experience that if an emergency crops up, you just have to find more time in your life to fix it. So often, finding more time, is just a matter of setting the right priorities.

Only YOU can decide what your current priority is. Is it?

  • Watching TV?
  • Spending time reading with your child?
  • Finding a few minutes every day to work on your online business?

NO judgements there…. the choice is entirely down to you, and will vary according to what stage of your life you’re in. My time priorities are very different now than 5 and 15 years ago.

Looking back, I often made poor time choices, but hey, I am where I am. No going back…. only going forward.

Changing Time Priorities

I’ll be honest, towards the end of 2016, my priorities had changed very much in favour of me-time. (Family and friends will always out-rank the other two.)

Having a successful online business had lost its urgency – purely because it seemed an impossible, time-sucking dream.

So I was all set to hang up my Internet Marketing boots and put my feet up, instead of pouring time and money into the endless pit of bright shiny objects.  (e.g. new training courses, make-money-online methods, gurus, trading…. the list is endless – and now, to me, BORING.)

Dragged back from the brink of “retiring from Internet Marketing” I suddenly have NO interest in looking at any bright shiny objects to distract me from my online business.

Yes, I am still spending time on my business but all of a sudden they’re productive hours instead of mind numbing stuff such as:

  • Putting hours into “free traffic” methods (aka paid for by time rather than money)
  • Evaluating solo ad providers (I’ve never yet made a profit on these… not even a backend profit)
  • Discarding yet another attempt to make a video (regular readers know how much I hate that)

Instead I have a team of over 100 members in the company forced matrix, and I’m earning commission when they spend money in their stores.

Don’t imagine I’ve suddenly turned into a super marketer.

The company (GSR – Gobal Shopping Rewards) actually shares into our company forced matrix every 88th member that joins after you join as a free store owner.

These aren’t the usual “freebie seekers”. My team includes people who have paid $500 to upgrade to a paid store (to build teams). You can be sure they have seen “the big picture” and are making regular purchases to get into profit.

So why would GSR give away “paying members” to free members? Simple – to encourage new people, by showing them early success – WHEN they take action for themselves.

Here’s why this makes sense….

How To Stop People Leaving Your Business

When someone new to an online business doesn’t see early success, there’s a big temptation for them to quit. Especially if they are paying out for a monthly auto-ship. I’ve seen (and done) that SO many times.

A good compensation plan has a way to let team members taste success in their first few months with no pressure to upgrade from the free status they joined as. So at first I waited, and watched that team grow – courtesy of the company. (That’s all I ask my members to do. Watch and wait as free store owners.)

Then after just two months as a free member, when I saw how many were in my “company team”, it became increasingly obvious that I should find out how to qualify for the commissions from those members and the company’s global turnover. (No free lunches here, gotta qualify for commissions!)

How I Save Time In My Online Business

For ME the most time effective way of qualifying for those commissions was as simple as taking a one-time upgrade  and placing an order on my own store. There were so many sales/purchases in my team it was madness not to.

When I qualified for commissions by ordering from my GSR store * there were plenty of items I could choose from. The cost of my purchases was comfortably covered by the commission they qualified me for.  Effectively “free” product – so why not “buy” from your own store?

Yes, after just two months in the business, my product purchases were comfortably covered by my earnings. * That’s NOT a guarantee. We’re talking retail here. No-one can predict tomorrow’s turnover in GSR and MY company team is not the same as yours.

If You Want Your eCommerce Store To Stay Free

free dropship trainingUpgrading to a paid store is OPTIONAL, keep your free store forever if you wish.

There are FOUR ways that free store owners can get paid.

And a bonus one is to use the company’s fantastic free training on drop-shipping that could generate much more income.

That’s not for me as I haven’t time for that because of my offline business, but one of my team leaders is studying the course. If that’s your priority, let me know and I’ll hook you up with him.

Time Priorities In My Online Business

But wait…. in one breath I’m talking about SAVING time in my online business, yet earlier on I was saying I am SPENDING time. What’s changed?

I have changed how I spend my time. No longer am I drawn to cash- and time-sucking “bright shiny objects”; nor do I need to chase prospects. Having tasted success my whole mindset has changed and people just want to know why.

Now I spend time on rewarding and enjoyable activities such as keeping up with company developments, helping the people in my team get started, and pointing them in the direction of our team resources. (That’s the best of all for me – no need to do my own videos….. a guy in my upline produces fantastic professional videos.)

Admittedly I’m maybe spending more time on my business now than I was three months ago (when I was ready to quit), but now it’s enjoyable and profitable time.

I already have four or five key leaders in my team who have learned enough to not need my support, and they’re training their OWN teams, and seeing success themselves. So I’m working with other, newer members.

Time spent in the last couple of months IS already being repaid and WILL BE repaid for months to come.

Finally I CAN see how my online business, TPS eCommerce stores, will grow into a passive residual income to supplement my poor pension planning.

At which point, my priorities will change again, and I will revert to more “me-time” as a higher priority than spending time on my business. Perhaps I’ll even get that “longed-for” dog…..

Which leads me neatly into Laura Vanderkam’s TED talk “How to gain control of your free time”. It won’t take you long to watch it – and it will be time well spent.

Who Is Laura Vanderkam

Laura is a time management consultant, and right away she sets the entertaining tone of the talk by admitting she was late to give her own lecture on time management.

Spare about ten minutes to watch this great video. There’s much more covered than I have discussed above!

Then please share your thoughts in the comments below.

How Do You Save Time In Your Business?

Over to you. What are the worst time drains in your business?

Or, more positively, please tell us how you find more time in your life and how you will enjoy spending it.

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  • Hi Joy,
    It’s really a joy to read your post always. And even this time saving post is really good and was worth reading.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great day.

    • Joy says:

      Hi Robin,

      Thanks – I think what I really want to get across is how my changed priorities have let me save time 🙂

      Joy – Blogging After Dark

  • I also have my personal online biz and most of my “free time” is on it. I used to utilise all social media platforms, until I realised that I shouldn’t be chasing clients in all platforms. Now, I’m only using 2 mediums, Facebook and LinkedIn. Even if there are several trending platforms like Snapchat nowadays, I ditched it. That gave me more time for myself, and surprisingly, I’m now getting more traction just by using 2 platforms.

    • Joy says:

      Hi Sammy,

      I think that’s a really important point. It’s nigh on impossible for a “one-man band” to keep up with all the social media marketing opportunities. Far better to focus.

      By the way, I had to rescue you comment from the “bin” because it didn’t have a gravatar. It’s really simple to get one and can reduce the chances of your comments being missed 🙂

      Joy – Blogging After Dark

  • Ravi Chahar says:

    Hey Joy,

    Just like you, I always think about the time management and about my priorities.

    Running an online business consumes all the time and we don’t give much time to our family and friends.

    I am happy for your success in TPS and how you manage it with your family.

    Maybe I should reschedule everything.
    Thanks for the article.

    • Joy says:

      Hi Ravi,

      Finding time for business plus family, friend and “me!” is a constant battle – which is why I have been re-evaluating my priorities. I hope the tips on finding extra time, in my ebook, the post and the video, will help time-pressured part-time Internet Marketers like me.

      Joy – Blogging After Dark

  • ikechi says:

    Hi Joy

    I see that you have found cool ways to save time by joining a business that is able to achieve your dreams. It is always a pleasure to read your posts aand I love the TED video by Laura.

    Thanks so much for the post and take care

    • Joy says:

      Hi Ikechi,
      Yes, that’s right. As a part-time online marketer, producing all my own marketing materials was just too time-consuming. AND I didn’t enjoy that side of it. So it’s been a relief to hand it over to “head office” and a support team who can produce a much more professional job than I can.
      Joy – Blogging After Dark

  • Hi Joy,

    Love how you’re so transparent about your online efforts. Also happy this is your year for, well, Y.O.U. And, for your family.

    The Ted talk was OK. She could’ve done it under 2 minutes, though. 😉
    Have a great week,

    • Joy says:

      Hi Edward,

      Thanks for your kind words.

      HAHA – LOVE your own time-saving tip. Cut the video down to 2 minutes.

      You know…. this is why I so rarely watch online videos – despite how everyone says how wonderful they are for SEO and getting your brand across. They’re just such a time drain!

      Having said that, I DO enjoy the TED Talks and often treat myself to a ten minute break for a cuppa and a TED talk. But most of the folk jumping on Facebook Live every five mins to share their home-spun philosophy just leave me cold. Hopefully the fashion will fade away as the novelty wears off.

      Joy – Blogging After Dark

  • Hi Joy,
    Everyone has the same amount of time. Time can not be managed, only what I choose to focus on. I find many people spin ideas, dreams, activities in their minds and don’t act on them leaving them thinking they don’t have time. What one imagines is never what reality is. I think people need to live more in reality, use a timer to stay on track, and stop thinking so much … lol just discoveries from teaching for many years and observing what people do – including myself .. wonderful to visit you 🙂

    • Joy says:

      Hi Lesly

      Now that’s a smart point you make. Time management is actually a misnomer – it’s self-management we should aim for!

      I OUGHT to try the timer idea – especially on my blog posts – but I’m such a perfectionist I just go on and on tweaking anything I do until it’s the best it can be.

      Imperfect action beats perfected plans and ideas any day.

      Lovely to see you here again. Thanks for your visit,

      Joy – Blogging After Dark

  • Amar kumar says:

    Hey Joy,

    Glad to read your interesting post and you always comes with fresh and healthy topic to enhance our experience. We should to organize ourself in priority to manage time for various work.

    Setting out to succeed with our own business requires managing time well. If not done properly, not only will we waste time and not efficiently achieve our goals, but we may also find ourself losing clients, money, and possibly even the business, itself. Developing an overall plan of action will aid us in achieving our goals. Eventually, thanks for sharing your worthy information with us.

    With best regards,

    Amar kumar

  • Lydia says:

    Hi Joy, for me making better use of my time and being more productive meant surrendering to the idea of outsourcing also restructuring how and when I did certain task since becoming a caregiver for my mom. Thanks for this post very helpful.

    • Joy says:

      Hi Lydia,

      Outsourcing is very much recommended for people in our situation – and especially for you as a caregiver.

      I must confess I haven’t yet been able to summon up the courage (or found the right person) to pass over some control in my business.

      I have addressed my own time shortage by promoting a duplicatable business and letting my team run their own independent business – but with my support where needed, and obviously support of head office too – because there are so many areas I have no expertise in that I’ve completely abandoned the idea of a “do-it-yourself” business!

      Joy – Blogging After Dark

  • Mi Muba says:

    Hi Joy

    Time os money but could waste a lot of our money if we can’t utilize it for our and our business growth.

    It is well said that there is no compensation of our wasted time but we can manage the one that is in our hand by rationalizing our work life balance.

    What is the use of that money which we can’t use to enjoy our life and what the hell is such life if we don’t have money to enjoy it.

    So keeping good balance between our professional and personal life is must to enjoy both aspects of our life.

    Thanks for sharing such an engaging post that really is the need of time.

    Happy weekend

    • Joy says:

      Hi Mi Muba

      Welcome back to my blog.

      You raise a good point about wasting time and money. There’s no point in saving time or money, only to waste it on something stupid. Of course, what one person thinks of as a stupid waste, may be someone else’s longed for “thing or experience”. One man’s meat is another man’s poison.

      Yes, balance is the key as always.

      Joy – Blogging After Dark

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