Toes in the sand, margarita in hand, book half-read sitting next to you, and a gentle breeze occasionally kissing your exposed sexy core.
This is the vision of entrepreneurship we're often sold.
Too bad it's about as real as that $45 Louis Vuitton bag on eBay.
Sure, a very select few hit that level of stupid money and have managed to put all the pieces in place such that they can take months off at a time without a care in the world.
But let's be super duper real with ourselves: statistically speaking, it's most likely not going to be you or me.
It could be.
But probably won't.
That's ok, though, because there's a whole spectrum between that and where we're at now.
A much more likely experience for you will be finally feeling comfortable enough to break away in full or in part from your "day job". Suddenly, you're met with 20-40 extra hours every week.
You'll be surprised how much it'll feel like you have no idea what to do with all that time.
Truly, it's a blessing and a curse.
You will be tempted to enjoy your newfound freedom. You will get distracted. You will probably procrastinate.
"With so much free time, I can easily get this done tomorrow!"
With large amounts of free time comes great responsibility.
Something I've struggled with quite a bit as my time has opened up has been prioritization of my personal endeavors.
I didn't realize how much of my life was being wholly governed by someone else until I had free reign to manage my own projects and activities.
No wonder managers get paid the big bucks.
I'm no master of managing my time. Really, I'm just sharing what I'm dealing with to let you know it's completely normal to struggle with this stuff. Indeed, there are countless blog posts and podcasts dealing with various aspects of time management, personal accountability, and focus.
One in particular I enjoyed for its simplicity and to-the-pointedness is an oldie but a goodie from Pat Flynn over at Smart Passive Income.
One in particular I enjoyed for its simplicity and to-the-pointedness is this one by Nat Eliasoon:
Check out How to Be Really, Really, Ridiculously Productive and I'll catch you later.