Tremaine Ranch is about 4.5 years old. When Leah and I first went full time with our newly budding business the thought of making our own hours and controlling our schedule very exciting and a huge motivator for our decision. No more waking up at 5am every morning with no new goals or motivation behind the sacrifice, besides the obvious paycheck. We were excited to run a successful business!

We had traded a schedule made by someone else to a schedule that was much for flexible but also sporadic to make into a daily regimen. Having “days off” in the middle of the week and sometimes 3-4 days in a row was a new luxury that we both reveled in. It was honestly amazing to wake up without an alarm and without a rush to be anywhere the majority of the week. Even with the new late-night shifts and early mornings, we only had to deal with those two or three days a week. Still in our minds a step up from the drudge of a 9-5.

Looking back on the first few years of operating our business full time, I view it more as a “honeymoon” period. It is exciting being your own boss and setting your own schedule. Without being a total downer, that initial excitement of being in charge of your daily schedule will fade to an extent. This is usually around the time money starts becoming tight and you realize time really is money and if you want your business to be successful you cannot continue to treat it like a part time gig. I used to joke that I was semi-retired, but that’s only funny until the money runs

out.

I’ve read dozens of articles about people who are successful in business and I keep seeing the same trend over and over again. Starting your day early and attacking your most dreaded tasks head on will not only make more time for you in the long run but ease your stress immensely. I don’t know how many nights I’ve set my alarm to 5am with the intent that if I get up early and knock my to-do list out first thing in the morning, my stress level will go down and I will have the rest of the day to do whatever I want. Fast-forward to 5am and hitting snooze, with the new thought process of “I have all day to get these things done, I really don’t need to get up this early.” This is the dark side of controlling your own schedule because 5am can easily become noon without anything to show for it (Trust me, I’m not proud of it but I can certainly attest). Just because you have a “free day” as a business owner doesn’t mean you don’t have anything you could be doing. Now I say this within reason. Planning out your week with “weekends” or true “free days” gives you something to look forward to and makes you more productive in the days leading up. Nothing is worse than making a schedule, then wasting those days and having to work on the weekend that you planned for yourself, you are then literally making yourself come into work on the weekend! What are things that you apply to your day to day to add structure to your life? Is there anything you do to feel like you are running a successful business?