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I’m not going to lie to you, I’ve got more on my plate than I can handle. My free time was short before I started this blog and now it’s non existent. I’m not going to complain because I love working on this site, but I’m starting to wonder how long I can sustain my current lifestyle.

If you’re currently a blogger making money then you already know this, but if you’re new to blogging and intend on making it into an income producing business, then you need to know that it takes a lot of time and hard work.

I fully understand that building traffic, writing great articles, marketing, and using social media all take time. And I’m prepared to take whatever time is needed to have my blog where I want it.

The problem is that I often have no time! How can I do any of these things when I can’t find time in the day to do them? Surely I’m not the only one with this problem. There are plenty of people with busier schedules than mine who are making their online businesses successful.

My To Do List Right Now

  1. Finish writing my eBook
  2. Post an article every other day at a minimum
  3. Create an opt-in page for this site
  4. Figure out how to use Twitter
  5. Create a fan page for my Facebook account
  6. Have a professional logo created
  7. Start guest posting on other blogs
  8. Begin a Podcast

There are just my short-term plans for this blog. If I had only these things to do, I would be quite busy, but when you throw in a full-time job, teaching a fitness boot camp, being a good father to 2 little girls, and trying to spend some quality time with my wife, there ain’t much left…

Now I’m not trying to complain about my life because these things are all good things. I just often wonder how in the hell I’m going to be successful online if I can barely find time to get online.

The answer: I have to make it happen! For me, there is no other option. If I don’t make this blog a success, then I risk being trapped in the rat race for the rest of my life.

If you’re swamped at work, home life is wearing you out, and you’re trying to build an online business to boot, there is hope! I will tell you now that it can be done. Why? Because I’m doing it!

I’ve become very resourceful at using my limited free time to my advantage. If you are in the same boat as me, then you will need to do so as well.

How I Manage To Keep Things Moving Forward

  • I spend my lunch hour at the library. The computers aren’t great and I usually have to sit next to a homeless person, but I get shit done. I would prefer to work on my blog in my own office, but blogging about hating my job isn’t the best idea when the boss is always lurking around.
  • I use my vacation days to work on my site. Find a location with WiFi if you have a laptop (I don’t), and get as much done as you can. If you don’t have a laptop, a local Community College is a good place to get free Internet access.
  • I carry my BlackBerry everywhere and not just because it looks so cool. It has a Memo function which comes in handy. You can also use a plain old notepad. Many of my best ideas come to me when I’m walking around outside or doing something random.
  • I keep that same notepad by my bed at night. You will need this especially when you have just started your blog and ideas are coming at you faster than you can handle them. I’ve spent a few nearly sleepless nights planning out my next days activities, but once I started jotting my ideas down, I was able to get more sleep.
  • I try to break up my work day by walking outside. Creativity seems to flow when I leave my soul sucking office. Go sit on a park bench and people watch. This is a great way to get your creative juices flowing.
  • I use my nights wisely. The first moments of free time I have after I leave work are after my daughters are in bed. So my night starts at about 8:30pm and goes until 11:30 or so. This a hard time for a lot of people, including me, because we’re worn out. All we want to do is sit on the couch as watch ESPN!
  • I make those hard sacrifices. If you’ve had a tough day and want to sit on your ass and drink a Coors Light, think again. Your business isn’t going to grow by itself. I have stopped watching my favorite shows (which sucks), but I realized that if I didn’t, I won’t get everything I need to done.
  • I do time swaps with my wife. Offer to take your kids for 4 hours on Saturday while she does her thing and in turn, you get 4 hours on Sunday to blog! You’ll most likely miss the football games, but heck, you’re building a business…

Ok, now you have a few ideas about how to make more time for your business. As for me, I am writing this post after 14 hours straight with a 2 and a 5 year old. I wanted nothing more than to do nothing.

Instead, I thought of my job and being stuck there for another year or two because I couldn’t get my lazy ass to build this business. 960 words later, you see my decision….

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