Here’s an article based on my recent virtual workshop, "Why Your Dream Business is Not Making BIG money (Yet) – 3 Steps to Build a Full-Time Business on Part Time Hours”. Working part-time without taking a cut in pay can be a reality, but it's going to take diligence and concentration on your part. In Step 2, I'm going to show you how to focus on your time. Where it's going, how you're spending it, and most importantly – how to guard it. This part really is the backbone of realizing your dream of full-time prosperity with part-time hours!

Step 2 - Create a vision for your ideal work week and practice time guarding. Step back and visualize what your life would look like if you had 2 or 3 extra days a week to spend any way you wanted. Would you spend more time with family? Or do some volunteer work? Or maybe start exercising, or take a class at the local college?

I got started on this step by literally putting a big red X through the days that I did not want to be available. You know yourself; make your work days the ones that are typically the most productive for you. Maybe you want to knock out your work week at the beginning of the week, and have a long weekend. Or you could work 2 days, take a day off, work the other 2, and have your weekend. It doesn't matter which days you pick, what matters is that the days you pick are sacred. It is essential that you block off that time and make it work. Who says it has to be Monday through Friday? You're in charge here!

I'm not suggesting that you cram everything you're doing right now into a few days, keeping the same work load. You may be used to working 5, 6... 7 days a week (I know some of you are in this category!) and there is no way you are going to fit all of it into just 3 or 4 days. So here's where you get out your little scissors and start making cuts. If you want to shed a light on things that you're doing now that really aren't essential to your business, shortening your work week will do it. What needs to get done will get done. So you really have to commit to these work days, making them productive, power-house days, protecting them from any non-essential distractions like a mama bear protects her baby cubs.

Now here's the flip side. You need to be as protective about your days off as you are with your work days. Right now, take out your calendar and plan how many vacations you want to take this year- even if you don't know where you want to go yet! Figure in your long weekends, your week to visit family, or lay on the beach for a few days. These dates are not set in stone – that's the beauty of having your own business and being flexible – but you are 99% more likely to take this time for replenishment if you already have the dates set. If you don't, chances are you will never go anywhere; and all work and no play makes Jack – or Jackie – a dull person! I can tell you from experience that having specific vacation dates is key. Do it for the rest of the year, and every year after that. In months that have 5 weeks, use that bonus week to catch up on your filler stuff, or special projects that you've been wanting to work on.

I love my life, and what my income allows me to do. But my lifestyle is not by accident. I make sure that I do not schedule work activities on my days off, and vice-versa. Do not let your guard down, or you will see your calendar start filling up on those precious “me” days. It takes accountability, and having someone in your life that models this lifestyle for you. You will start to see what you've been missing in a very short period. And you will see how you can get more done with less time just by planning your ideal work week.

Step 3 will show you another import time-guarding secret!

Author's Bio: 

Lisa Cherney, a.k.a. the Juicy Marketing Expert, founded Conscious Marketing 12 years ago to help small business owners find their authentic marketing voice, attract their ideal clients and increase their sales. Following her own Stand Out & Be Juicy program, which centers on owning your unique self and laser-focus marketing, Lisa has tripled her income while working
part-time.

Prior to Conscious Marketing, Lisa worked with many Fortune 500 companies, including AT&T, Lipton, Nissan, Blue Cross and Equal. She is a highly sought after speaker and often shares the stage with experts such as Jack Assaraf (The Secret), Jack Canfield and Jill Lublin. Learn more about Lisa at www.consciousmarketing.com or call 887-771-0156.