663. Quite a big number isn’t it? Add hours after that and you have 663 hours, a really long period of time. Just imagine what you could get done in 663 hours (equal to 28 full days or 88 working days).
Why have I focussed on 663 hours? Because… wait to be shocked… that is how much time I’ve spent watching box-set-type TV series’ since I had my first child three and a half years ago!
Fast forward to today and people often ask me how I find the time to work on my online business whilst having a job and being a mum to two young boys. ‘I just don’t understand where you find the time’ is what I hear… a lot. I’ll let you into a secret: I stopped watching so much television!
I’m not quite sure exactly when my husband and I started watching box sets/TV series’, but I know what got us hooked – it was the series 24. Good old Jack Bauer and CTU! We may have been a little late at getting into 24 but we made up for it by watching all 8 seasons in a seriously quick amount of time given that’s 192 hours of sitting in front of a TV!
Like most parents, since having children we found ourselves in the house a lot more in the evenings. Having gotten a taste for box sets pre-kids, and with more time at home on our hands during the evenings, we stepped things up! As I said, our oldest son is three and a half years old and in that time we’ve watched all of The Sopranos, Dexter, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Prison Break, Orange Is The New Black, Sons of Anarchy, The Wire, and Boardwalk Empire (and worryingly, I think I’m still missing some!).
This brings me back to 663. I did the maths – that’s the number of hours I invested in box set watching post-kids. It’s not as if we watched these shows exclusively back-to-back either, this is around watching other programmes, films etc too. The mind boggles!
Please don’t judge me on my choice of television show by the way, that’s not the point of this post!
The point is to demonstrate that if we really want to achieve something we can all find the time.
One of the many benefits of starting up an online business like mine is that you can start small and scale up. You can start working on your business whilst keeping your full or part-time job if you so desire, thus limiting risk and reducing the stress placed upon you to get profitable fast. With an online business you get a lot of flexibility over when and where you work, and this is one of the many reasons why you can feasibly start your business alongside your ‘day job’… whether your day job is paid employment or being a full-time parent.
I’m delighted to say that I have swapped The Sopranos for social media marketing mastery and Walter White for website wizardry! Is it easy working on my business in the evenings vs chilling in front of the TV? Not always, but it’s not as difficult as you might think. Why? Because it’s interesting and so much more rewarding! Because I know that the trade-off is more than worth it.
I know that what I’m working toward is going to be worthwhile in more ways than one.
… I’m going to be my own boss… run my own flexible business… be passionate about what I do, I’ll never waste time commuting to work, and what’s more, I’ll jump out of bed every day excited to work on my business.
and… see my kids grow up. I’ll be there to pick my kids up from school, I’ll spend all the school holidays with them. We are going to travel more, and are already thinking about a year in Naples, Florida (our favourite spot) – a family adventure when I’ll take my business with me.
So, am I happy to have traded watching too much television for working on my business… hell yes!