No Time To Sleep These Days

no time to sleepOops! It has been a week since I posted last. No time! I have been real busy as a bookkeeper, since it is tax season here in Canada. Not that I should make excuses, but it’s true. Yes, unfortunately I still hold down a regular 9-5 job since I haven’t made my fortunes online yet, lol. But someday soon things will be different! I can’t wait until my time is my own, I want it so bad!

That’s kinda been a frustration lately, time management. Between work and the family I don’t have much time left for business. Even eating supper kills so much time – sometimes over two hours! My wife and I both prepare our meal together, and we must have a sit-down supper with all six of us – This is mandatory. I see so many families rushing about here and there, and they get themselves so involved in activities that they can’t even sit down and enjoy a meal together. It is sooo important to us. It is the only time we really connect and have conversation.

So I wouldn’t give up our time together at supper, but the one other thing that eats up so much time is work. It is so frustrating that I have to spend so much of my day working for someone else. I catch myself daydreaming often about working on my product development instead. I thought to myself yesterday, “If I could just have one month off to focus on nothing but my product development, I know I could pull something awesome together!” Unfortunately, that is never going to happen so I will have to keep daydreaming, and living for the weekends.

Sleeping is one thing I do give up for my business. I only ever get 5-6 hours of sleep daily, because I choose to get up at 5:30am so I can work on my business before going to my regular job. So during the week I only get in one hour every morning, maybe an hour or two between work and supper, and then another hour or two right before bed.

Some day, soon I hope, I will have all the time I want. But for now I will have to keep squeezing in time to develop my business between working, enjoying our family meal, and sleeping.

How much sleep do you get? Do you sacrifice sleep to work on your business? What else do you sacrifice?


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  • Mandy Allen

    Reply Reply May 31, 2016

    Hi Michael, I was a student of John’s back in 2009 when he ran his Masterclass. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenges and so signed up for Partnership to Success recently in order to promote my latest product. I know what you mean about no sleep and trying to fit the learning and creating around a day job! I have seen so many fellow bloggers fall by the wayside as they struggle to keep both going. Here’s to your success with it all!

    Enjoy the journey!

    • Michael Graham

      Reply Reply April 9, 2017

      Hi Mandy, thanks for reading. It certainly is a struggle to keep at it with so many demands. I had to take a break for a while but I am back for another go at it. I refuse to be one that falls by the wayside! Here’s to your success as well!

  • Simon Dodd

    Reply Reply June 14, 2016

    Hi Michael,

    GREAT POST!! So many people sacrifice too much for their 9-5 that it is good to see someone still making time for the most important part of life which is family while also working to build your own lifestyle!

    Keep working at it and I’m sure you will smash it!

    Chat soon


    • Michael Graham

      Reply Reply April 9, 2017

      Hi Simon, thanks for reading. Yes, I know most gurus will preach that everything must take a back seat to building our businesses, but I will never sacrifice family time. Even when my teenage boy would rather avoid us, lol. “Not cool Dad…” Deep down I know he appreciates it. 😉

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