My First Huge Milestone!!!

19 Nov

My First Huge Milestone!!!

So I know I have been away for a few weeks but that’s because all of my focus was on creating my first digital product! I have been really focused on time management and making the most out of my busy schedule and I bet you are too. I created something can help any busy dad get control of his day through self-reflection, discipline and time management. Shoot me an email at to find out what the product is!


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30 Oct

Eliminate These Top 5 Work Time Wasters and Get More Done

Juggling multiple tasks around the house as a stay at home dad can sometimes feel like you are treading water. You may have seven things on your to-do list, but only seem to get one or two done each day. Have you really looked to see what are your biggest work time wasters?

This will allow you to spend more time on your family and to grow your online business because we all want to create a life that can balance both.

Hopefully, by the end of this article, you will be able to pinpoint all of the major time wasters in your day-to-day life that you can cut out and become more productive with managing your day.

Take a look at some of the biggest time wasters you didn’t know existed.

Social media on your phone
After listening to a podcast a few weeks ago the host brought up the distraction that social media is for online business owners.

At first, I scoffed at the notion that I was wasting a lot of time on social media. However, I download an app tracker called Moment on her recommendation and realized that a lot of my time was wasted on social media every day.

In my last article and time management, I spoke about the impact 20 minutes per day could have run your business. What if you were able to tack on three or four hours per day that were previously wasted on social media apps?

You can quickly turn your business from part-time to full-time with the snap of a finger. Now I’m not saying to completely cut off social media because there are times where it is very beneficial to your business and getting your online presence out there.

However, using it for a majority of the day is not a smart business decision. How can you get that time back? Limit yourself to 30 minutes a day for social media.

You can use some of your personal time block to catch up on any social media events you may have missed during the day. This way you will still be able to check all of the notifications didn’t interact with anyone that you need to. Continuously checking it throughout the day will become a quick habit and will be the biggest time waster in growing your business.

Binging Television Shows
Whether you have Netflix, Amazon Prime, or use another streaming service to watch your favorite TV shows, spending 6 to 8 hours binge-watching them is a complete waste of a day! It’s not even good to have it playing in the background.

Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of TV shows that I love to watch (24, Homeland, etc), and squeeze them in when I can, but the daytime is when you should be focused on your business. I’m not going through two seasons of a show in one weekend.

Turning the television off while you are working is one of the best ways to stay focused and stay in “business” mode. Using the same technique as you would with social media, block off time to watch your favorite shows twice a week.

If you are focused simply on watching television to be caught up on all of your shows, the business will not be able to grow and thrive the way you expect it to. You only get a return on your investment for the efforts that you put in. So if you waste 10 to 20 hours on a weekend where you could get work done watching a TV show is just shooting yourself in the foot.

Checking your email constantly
Your email can be a huge time waster if you check it constantly throughout the day. Most of the time you do not have to check it as soon as you start your day, so blocking off time for it towards the end of your to-do list is okay.

When you set your business email up, you should create folders for each contact as you go, so you are not wasting time looking through 30 or 40 subject lines in your inbox. This will allow you to determine which emails are most important during your time block and if something can be pushed back until the next day it will be one less headache you have to worry about.

You might think it is smart to check your email at the top of every hour but if you check your email every hour and it takes five minutes to do so you’re looking at 40 to 60 minutes per day that could have been used in a different manner.

So block off one or two designated time slots to check your emails and focus on other aspects of your business for the rest of the day.

Failing to Multitask

How much time are you spending making breakfast, lunch, and possibly dinner for your family? Including the cleanup process? Try to incorporate different tasks while cooking meals. If you try to get specific tasks done in batches, stopping to make a meal, or do chores can really slow down your momentum.

When I have to stop working on the website to take care of something around the house I try to find a way to continue working. If I am creating content I will load up my dictation app and use it to continue working. I may also pop in a podcast to listen to, so I am still gaining some knowledge about a topic that will help my business down the line.

Cooking can be made easier if you make multiple sets of meals at once. Sometimes I will have lunch prepared when I make breakfast so my daughter can sit down next to me and I can stay focused on the task at hand. It’s not always going to be possible to do this, however, if you can do it even once or twice a week it will quickly make an impact on your day-to-day business operations.

Playing video games 
I know! I know! Trust me I know! We all love video games! Well most of us do anyway, if you do and are like me patiently waiting for a new game to come out (like Red Dead Redemption 2- which is AMAZING), you can get lost playing a video game for 3 to 4 hours in the evening.

Video games are fun, exciting, and can sometimes help you clear your mind so we can focus on larger tasks later. When you look at the overall picture they are still a huge time waster. Not only are they a time waster for your business, but you are losing valuable time with your family.

Those 3 to 4 hours can be spent creating content for your business, working on a new freebie, or having a game night or game day with your family. One way to combat this time waster is to simply give yourself one day for a few hours where you can play your video games each week.

That way you are still focusing on you and doing something you enjoy which is good for your mental health, and you’re not taking time out of a business day to be counterproductive.

You might work every day with your business when it first gets off the ground but if you want to work five days a week or even six days a week that one day off you can use to spend more time with your family or by doing things that you enjoy such as playing amazing life-changing video games.

So now that you have a few tips to get rid of the biggest time wasters in your day what will you do to execute your new strategies? Comment below and don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter!

11 Oct

The Top 8 Time Management Strategies for the Stay at Home Dad

When you have a busy household, it can seem like your days just fly by. Trust me I’ve been there! You want to make the most out of your day but how can you do that without some effective time management strategies.

In order to grow your business in the daytime, and find more ways to spend time with your family in the evening, you need to come up with a game plan for your daily routine.

Take a look at the top 8 time management strategies you need to start using today.

Determine What You Are Spending Your Time On

The first thing you want to do before you even begin creating different strategies is to understand where exactly all of your time is going. Do you spend an hour each day watching sports, or does it really turn into 80 or 90 minutes at a time?

Do you expect to finish a task for your business in 20 minutes, but it really only takes you 10? These are some of the ways you can get to the root of your problems (and successes) when it comes to managing your time.

A typical day for me (on a school day) involves getting up between 6:30 and 7:00 AM to get the kids up for school. Once they are on the bus at 8 I usually make breakfast for myself, my wife, and our two youngest kids. After taking my 3-year-old to school at 9 I will normally let the baby play until 10:00/10:30, then lay her down for a nap.

This typically gives me three to four hours of time to focus solely on my business each day. Once she wakes up around 3:30 or 4:00, the older kids are all home and the next few hours are spent with them. Once everyone is in bed at 8:00/8:30, I normally spend another 30 to 45 minutes working on my business and finish the night relaxing with my wife.

It seems like you may have a hectic schedule if you have any kids at all, but you can find time to work on your business every day. Find an excellent app to track your time, and once you have your daily routine broken down it will make setting up the time management strategies that much easier.

Do Your Most Important Tasks (MITs) in the AM

When you have your little ones off to school and find yourself with some time to work on your business what do you normally do? Are you starting with the easiest tasks first to take a few things off of your to-do list? Or do you tackle the biggest things first to feel a greater sense of accomplishment?

If you get your day started by taking down those enormous tasks, it will help you later in the day by knowing you exhausted your most focused energy on the biggest issues of the day. You don’t want to go back and forth between easy and hard tasks. If you have to create a new freebie for your website do that before you respond to emails.

If you start with the easier projects by the time you get around to the bigger ones you may lose a lot of steam and push them off to the next day, and that can become a continuous cycle of how things won’t get done.

Eliminate All Distractions While Working

Are you like me and seem to constantly have a notification going off on your phone? Or you want to check how your fantasy team is doing on a Sunday afternoon? If so then you need to find ways to eliminate the distractions out of your daily routine. I typically have a three to four-hour window when my youngest daughter naps in the middle of the day.

During that time period, I am either working on social media, reading an ebook/participating in a course I may be taking or creating content.

I completely understand that my time window can change at a moments notice if she wakes up from her nap early, so I make sure every second counts. I place my phone on the charger out of reach, so unless someone calls me I don’t want to waste the energy going to pick up the phone because of one vibration.

You can do the same thing. As you start your business and look for ways to become more productive, you may find that having the television on as background noise may cause you to lose focus, but playing classical music can actually give you more motivation to write.

If you are using your desktop chances are you may be like me and have a million tabs open at once (a list of my tabs is listed in the picture below).

If this is also your problem try to move the current application or window into an area clear from distractions on your computer, and you can even download an app like Stayfocusd to eliminate the opportunity to go to websites that generally suck up all of your time (Facebook, Youtube, etc).

Create To-Do Lists at night for the next day

When you make your to-do list for the next day the night before, it helps you save 10-15 minutes in the morning. It may not seem like it is making a major impact on your overall long-term goals at first, but setting up your next day’s to-do list is actually creating the daily goals you will need to get those long-term goals done.

There are a number of ways you can create your to-do list, and some of the most simple ways that I have done so is by using the Reminder App on my iPhone, the Wunderlist App, and Trello.

I’ve used the Wunderlist App, but Trello is growing on me this time around (after failed attempts to use it in the past). As long as you use something, ANYTHING, to make a list the night before, you will thank yourself in the morning.

Get Organized

Another way to make the most out of your time each day is to become organized! I used to be the king of disorganization, and many of my hotel coworkers would describe my workstation as a tornado.

However, over the years I have become much more organized not only with physical paperwork but with my computer files as well (besides the millions of tabs above).

If you want to organize your business from a physical standpoint, make sure your work area is arranged to ensure maximum efficiency. Purchase a yearly calendar to either have it at your desk or on a wall, so you can write down any scheduled meetings or appointments you have.

For organization on the technological side of things, some options to consider will be to create a folder in your inbox for every client, pitches you may send, and anything else you feel is important for running your day to day business.

You should also create folders on your desktop for each client, and divide those folders up based on the different priorities for them.

When I managed a motel in Texas I made sure each client had their own folder in our Sales Department cloud, with subfolders pertaining to Invoices sent, invoices received, meetings, etc. It made finding things a lot easier than simply keeping hundreds or thousands of files in one large folder.

Also, don’t forget to purchase a few external flash drives! Keep one with you at all times and update it daily. You never know when it will come in handy!

Teach Your Kids Some Tasks to Help

Every parent has their own age range for when kids will start helping around the house. My wife and I try to get all of our kids to help clean up in some way, so they can understand that they have the ability to do something, and you can make helping out a fun game for them to play!

After you look at your time audit for a work, take a look at the tasks you may be able to give to your kids to squeeze out an extra 10-20 minutes into your business each day. This can include washing the dishes, vacuuming, taking out the trash, putting laundry away, or helping with pets.

These are just some of the things you can have your children do and if they are able to help you get an extra 20 minutes per day that turns out to an extra 87 hours in a 5 day work week for the entire year! What can you do with those extra 87 hours?! A whole heck of a lot if you stay focused and determined on your goals.

So find some chores for your children to do and work on improving your business!

Create Time Blocks for Your Family

Coming up with effective time management strategies isn’t just about improving your business, it’s also about improving your family time with your spouse and children. If you normally work on your busy from 9-5 or let’s say 10-2 as an example, you may also have to include doctors/dentists appointments, meetings at school, play dates, etc.

At the end of the day, everything you are doing to grow your own online business should be about improving the quality of life for your family, not just financially but emotionally as well.

The best way to do that is to carve out a specific time each day where you are unplugged from your business and focusing just on your family. I know it can be hard in the beginning as you get your business off the ground, but even taking 30 minutes to an hour to give them all of your love and attention will mean the world to them.

When our kids come home from school (roughly around 3:40), they do their homework and then read a book. After that, they are able to go into the den and play with a few toys or watch TV.

During that time I will come downstairs and hang out with them, and when I have shorter work days at my full-time hotel job on the weekends, we will sit down and watch football (they are all Eagles fans, unfortunately!!).

You can also designate a family game night where everyone sits around a table and you play board games. If you have a bunch of sore losers in your house it may be hard, and I am constantly saying that someone is cheating when I lose because it’s never our fault when we suck at a game right?

So use some of your time each day to give your family your undivided attention, and give your brain a little while to relax from another busy workday.

Schedule Down Time

You can’t manage your time effectively if you don’t include some free time for yourself. If you’ve ever worked a demanding job you know the importance of decompressing after a long shift.

Whether it’s turning on your favorite tunes on the way home, or watching your favorite Netflix show for a few minutes before bed, you can’t simply be on the GO! GO! GO! every waking moment of the damn.

You will burn yourself out quick! That’s why you need to give yourself a designated time just for you every single day. If you don’t want to sit around watching Netflix or any other television shows find a hobby that you enjoy.

I personally will find myself reading a book, or if I’m up for it playing a sports computer game because it still keeps my brain working by managing team rosters, finances etc.

Look at your daily schedule and see when you can carve some time in and you will quickly see how much it improves your mindset.

Which Time Management Strategies Are Best For You?

Are you ready to put some of these amazing time management strategies into place? Once you realize how much time you are spending on specific tasks you will become better at managing your day to day routine.

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