I did a survey recently for my Do What You Love readers, and the results were very interesting to me. I discovered that most people are interested in having more free time and working a few hours a day doing what they love, rather than earning huge amounts of dough.
The motivations for most people to start making a living doing what they love are time and freedom. It’s not to become rich and successful.
If I go back to 1998, which is the year I started earning a living doing what I love in the field of raw foods (at the ripe age of 22!), I know for a fact that my motivation was NOT becoming rich and successful.
At that time, all I wanted to do was to become involved in this field that I was passionate about and earn a living that way.
And most of my readers seem to have the same motivation.
You want to make a living, doing something you love. And you want lots of time and freedom to enjoy your life.
Many of my readers told me in the survey that they’d love to work only a few hours a day. Three hours a day, 10 hours a week… those were common figures.
Someone wrote that they’d love to work half the day and spend the other half hiking and having fun outside! Other people told me about their dream to work only half the year and spend the other half traveling and being involved in great community projects overseas.
I can tell you that all of those things are possible.
Last year I went to Europe three times. I also spent time in California on two occasions, and even traveled to Cuba on vacation.
I’ve also experimented with different working schedules, including working only half days, taking a week off every month (three weeks of work and one week of vacation), working only every other day, working only three or four hours a day, and various other work “experiments.”
As long as the work gets done, it’s entirely possible to do it. Here are a few tips:
1) First, you have to get good at what you do. I’m a furiously fast typist. I also spent a lot of time studying marketing, health, and so on. I spent years learning how to put together websites. I don’t think it’s possible to work only a few hours a day before you’ve put in the time to get good at what you do.
2) You have to work with focus. Working fewer hours forces you to become more productive. So it’s a good thing. But, to do that you have to work in blocks of 45-60 minutes, blocking off distractions and focusing on ONE project at a time.
3) You have to get good at organizing your time. I suggest the “Getting Things Done” approach from David Allen, and some of Brian Tracy’s old books, to get started.
4) You have to experiment with what works for you. Every entrepreneur has a different schedule. I know people who work best at night. My friend Kevin Gianni now works a typical 9 to 5 and finds it suits him best. I tend to work in the morning, take a long break in the afternoon when I go to the gym, run errands, etc. — and pick up again in the evening.
5) You have to enjoy what you do. If you enjoy what you do, working is not a drag.
6) Stick with it. If you want to work only three hours a day, stick with that schedule. Stephen King writes 2000 words a day, every day of the year, without exceptions. But that only amounts to about three hours of writing. Nonetheless, 2000 words a day represent two to three big novels every year! No wonder he’s so productive.
A three-hour-a-day schedule can work if you stick with it and you make those hours really count.
By the way, I think three hours a day seems to be a realistic target if you focus most of that time on creative activities, like writing.
If you enjoy what you do, you may discover that you actually enjoy doing more!
Everything is possible, and you can create the life that you want, as long as you work with focus, without distractions, and you spend some time first to build your skills.
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